Amanda Ribas Will Return to Action in a Strawweight Bout at UFC Fight Night on March 26

Published 12/07/2021, 4:16 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)

Amanda Ribas will return to action against Michelle Waterson at a UFC Fight Night next year. According to reports, both the fighters have agreed to the fight, which will take place on 26th March 2022.

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MMA Fighting reporter Damon Martin first reported the news and posted it on his official Twitter account. In the post he wrote, Amanda Ribas vs. Michelle Waterson is in the works for the upcoming UFC Fight Night card on March 26, multiple sources confirmed to myself and the Brazilian beast @guicruzzz.”

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However, the UFC is yet to make an official announcement of the fight which may feature on the card reportedly set to be headlined by Aleksandar Rakic and Jan Blachowicz.

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While Ribas is coming off a win at UFC 267, Waterson suffered a defeat in her previous bout. Given their spots in the strawweight rankings, this fight will see the winner cement themselves in the top 10.

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Amanda Ribas, who made her UFC debut in 2019, has a professional fighting career of 11-2. Ever since her UFC debut, Ribas has competed in six fights and has only lost once.

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)

Meanwhile, former Invicta champion Michelle Waterson has an 18-9 professional MMA record under her name.

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‘The Karate Hottie’, during her time in the UFC, has competed against some of the notable female fighters like Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. However, she has lost to both the latter fighters.

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Although Waterson has had some setbacks in her UFC career, she is a more experienced fighter than Ribas. Hence, she will look to bounce back in the win column with a victory in this fight. Meanwhile, Ribas will look to remain in the win column and condemn ‘The Karate Hottie’ to consecutive defeats.

What are your thoughts about this fight? Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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