UFC Strawweight Amanda Ribas Calls Out Yan Xiaonan for a Fight

Published 06/25/2021, 2:50 AM EDT
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 hasn’t competed inside the UFC Octagon since her UFC 257 loss to Marina Rodriguez. That loss ended her 5-fight winning streak in the strawweight division of the UFC. After four months out of the sport, Ribas recently took to social media to issue a call out to fellow contender, Yan Xiaonan.

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Heyy  @yanxiaonan how are you?I was thinking..almost all fighters in our weight division have a scheduled fight..How about schedule ours too?I think it would be a GREAAT fight @ufc @UFCNews @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 @ribasfight @Alexdavismma @MMAjunkie @espnmma @canalCombate,” wrote Ribas in a Twitter post.

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Ribas’s last win in the UFC was against Paige VanZant at UFC 251. Xiaonan, on the other hand, lost her last fight against Carla Esparza in May. Because of that loss, the 32-year-old Chinese fighter surrendered her unbeaten UFC record.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 07: (R-L) Yan Xiaonan of China punches Claudia Gadelha of Brazil in a strawweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Fury‘ has an overall professional record of 13-2 with 5 finishes. All of her finishes have come by the way of T/KO. Ribas, too, has an impressive record of 10-2. The 27-year-old Brazilian has a total of 7 finishes in her record. 3 T/KO and 4 submission wins comprise those numbers for her.

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Is Amanda Ribas vs Yan Xiaonan the fight to make?

Ribas and Xiaonan are two of the top fighters in the strawweight division of the UFC. As both fighters lost their last contests in the promotion, they will look to return to the win column as soon as possible.

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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)

It makes sense from every aspect that the organization matches them up for a fight next. Also, Ribas’s call out makes the fight a must-do. It remains to be seen as to how Xiaonan responds to the offer. However, the winner is guaranteed to catapult further in the strawweight division of the UFC if the clash indeed happens.

Is Ribas vs Xiaonan the fight to make? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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