UFC Bantamweight Julia Avila Targeted for a March 2021 Bout Against Julija Stoliarenko

Published 01/07/2021, 1:28 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (R-L) Julia Avila punches Sijara Eubanks in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC women’s bantamweights Julia Avila and Julija Stoliarenko will scrap to round out the first quarter of 2021. The bout targeted for a March Fight Night Card still has several details largely unknown with respect to venue and date. Chiefly, this has become a frequent trend when looking at the way the pandemic has changed UFC operations. The news came out via MMA Fighting.

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The aforementioned scrap is critical when looking at where both women turn through in their careers. Both fighters are coming off losses, and Stoliarenko in particular could be fighting for her job against Avila. The former Invicta FC champion in Stoliarenko is 0-2 in the promotion, and getting into the winning column is crucial.

UFC bantamweights: Julia Avila vs Julija Stoliarenko

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The number 15 ranked Avila snapped a four-fight win streak with her most recent defeat that came to Sijara Eubanks. The unanimous decision loss somewhat halted her streaking momentum, and she’ll be keen to re-assert her position. Furthermore, ‘Raging Panda’ has an exciting fighting style that will keep her relevant in the division, so long as she scalps wins.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Sijara Eubanks punches Julia Avila in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Julia Avila came into the UFC off the back of an Invicta FC resume, and she’s certainly been tested in her nascent career. The 8-2 fighter has fought names like Nicco Montano and Gina Mazany, who have been around the block. Avila has shown that she’s well-rounded in the cage and on the mic, and she’ll be looking for a breakout.

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Julija Stoliarenko isn’t short on confidence when it comes to fighting at 135-pounds, given her prior strength of schedule. The former champion came into the UFC fold on the back of a scintillating scrap against Lisa Verzosa. The bloody affair came in as one of the best female match-ups of all time. However, didn’t receive much hype since it’s outside the UFC.

The UFC is looking to trim off a significant percentage of the UFC roster, and another loss could spell trouble. Her prior resume as a champion is perhaps what’s given her another big-time opportunity against Avila. She will be keen to put the loss against Yana Kunitskaya behind her and focus on dismantling ‘Raging Panda’.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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