Amanda Ribas Backs Teammate Dustin Poirier Against Conor McGregor in the Rematch

Published 01/21/2021, 6:54 AM EST
TAMPA, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 12: Amanda Ribas of Brazil celebrates her victory over Mackenzie Dern in their women’s strawweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Amalie Arena on October 12, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Amanda Ribas had a stellar 2020 with two impressive wins against the likes of Paige VanZant, and Randa Markos that skyrocketed her stock. The American Top Team fighter has improved considerably since her debut in the UFC. Now, she will be aiming to build on her success from last year and start off the year well. 

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Ribas is currently on a five-fight win streak with finishes in two of those five fights. She takes on arguably her toughest challenge to date in Marina Rodriguez at UFC 257 on Fight Island. However, being on the same card as Conor McGregor has meant that not a lot of attention has been put on any other fight other than the main event at UFC 257. 

Read: All you need to know about Amanda Ribas and her two-year doping ban by USADA 

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Amanda Ribas feels Dustin Poirier will grapple against Conor McGregor 

In a recent pre-fight press conference, the Brazilian fighter was asked to make her pick for the main event at UFC 257.

She said, “It’s a good question, I saw that Dustin, training at the gym. He was there all the time. So for me, he is prepared for this fight. I think he will try to control McGregor, and I don’t know he will try it. Or maybe just put him on the cage and start and start to try punches him to make points. I think it will be like that. I think, I don’t know.”

Amanda Ribas’ UFC career did not get off to the best possible start as she was handed a two-year ban for a contaminated supplement, just as she was about to make her debut. The ban was later overturned and Ribas was booked for a fight immediately. 

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The Brazilian fighter made the most of the opportunity and has won every fight in the UFC. Ribas is only 27, and trains at one of the best gyms in the world at ATT, therefore she will surely progress leaps and bounds ahead of every fight. 

If Ribas is able to win the fight at UFC 257, she will be on a six-fight win streak. Hence, she will have a strong claim for the title shot or a fight against a top-five contender. 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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