UFC 267: Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba: Prediction and Analysis

Published 10/28/2021, 9:29 AM EDT


The UFC 267 prelims will end with a women’s strawweight fight between Amanda Ribas and Virna Jandiroba. Both fighters will enter the octagon for the second time this year and will look to impress everyone watching.

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Ribas will enter the fight on the back of a defeat in her previous bout. She went up against the number 3 ranked Marina Rodriguez at UFC 257 and lost the fight via TKO in the second round. Prior to the loss, Ribas was on a five-fight win streak and will now look to bounce back strongly from her previous loss.

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)

Jandiroba, on the other hand, is coming off an impressive TKO win in her last fight. She beat Kanako Murata at UFC Vegas 29 in the second round. The win also marked her first-ever win by TKO. ‘Carcara’ would look to keep the winning momentum going and break into the top 10 of the division.

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UFC 267: Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba

The matchup is an interesting one, as both fighters like to dominate their opponents with their grappling abilities. Amanda Ribas has won four fights via submission in her career but is also no slouch on her feet. She mixes her strikes and movement well to set up the takedowns well.

Meanwhile, Ribas will also have a 2-inch reach advantage over her opponent, which might come in handy. The Brazilian fighter also has an 86 percent takedown defense, which can be a huge factor against a wrestler like Jandiroba.

Virna Jandiroba is one of the most effective wrestlers in the strawweight division. Out of the 17 wins in her career, 13 have come via submission, which shows how dominant she is once the fight goes to the ground. She also seems to have improved her stand-up game and looked comfortable on her feet in her previous fight.

However, taking Ribas on won’t be a simple task. Also, her opponent has beaten a great grappler in Mackenzie Dern before, who Jandiroba had earlier lost to.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Virna Jandiroba of Brazil celebrates after her submission victory over Felice Herrig in their strawweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Ribas definitely has a better stand-up game than Jandiroba, and can hold her own on the mat. It will be a difficult fight for both the fighters, however, Ribas seems to have an upper hand going into the fight.

Prediction: Amanda Ribas wins the fight via unanimous decision

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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