What’s Next for Amanda Ribas After UFC 257?

Published 01/25/2021, 12:00 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Amanda Ribas of Brazil celebrates after her victory over Paige VanZant in their flyweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 257 was arguably one of the biggest events the UFC has ever put on. In the post-fight press conference, Dana White stated that the fight was trending to be in the top 3 of most PPV’s ever sold in the UFC. 

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The card garnered a lot of attention from all corners of the globe, and it served as an excellent platform for lesser-known fighters to make themselves known. On the biggest stage of the year at UFC 257, Marina Rodriguez did exactly that. 

The Brazilian fighter stopped fellow Brazilian Amanda Ribas in one of, if not the biggest upset of the card at UFC 257 as she stopped her opponent in round two. 

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After a disappointing loss against Marina Rodriguez, what is next for Amanda Ribas?

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Amanda Ribas suffers her first loss since 2016

Amanda Ribas made her UFC debut in June 2019 with a win over Emily Whitmire. Since then, she secured impressive wins over Mackenzie Dern, Paige VanZant among others. However, Marina Rodriguez violently stopped her impressive 4-0 run in the UFC. 

It was a given that Ribas would fight for the title soon if she was able to get over Marina Rodriguez, but that did not go as planned

Ribas is ranked 10th in the strawweight division at the moment. If she were to get an opponent ranked higher than her, there are a lot of interesting matchups in the UFC. 

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Michelle Waterson, who she was initially set to fight at UFC 257, last fought in September 2020 when she secured an impressive win over Angela Hill. Booking that fight once again would make a lot of sense for both parties involved. 

Claudia Gadelha is another option for Ribas. Gadelha is currently ranked 6th in the division and lost her last fight to Xiaonan Yan in November 2020. Based on the rankings and records, this could be a good fight.  

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Although Ribas succumbed to a loss against Rodriguez, she is still without a doubt one of the best talents in the division. At 27-years old, Ribas has a lot of time left in the sport to grow, and training at American Top Team only helps her cause to become a world champion. 

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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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