‘We Will Ask for a Fight in April’- Amanda Ribas’s Father Provides an Update After UFC 257 Loss

Published 01/27/2021, 12:11 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)


Perennial strawweight contender, Amanda Ribas, suffered her first loss inside the UFC Octagon as she found herself on the wrong end of a TKO stoppage against fellow contender Marina Rodriguez.

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Marcelo Ribas, Amanda’s father, released a statement about her recent loss to MMA Fighting. He said there’s no significant injury to her daughter, and she is already preparing for her next bout in April or May. The promising female strawweight will train in her hometown of Varginha in the meantime.

Amanda has no scratch and is ready for the next one already,” he wrote. We’ll go back to our hometown now and train hard because we’ll ask for a fight in April in Las Vegas or May in Abu Dhabi,

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He also wrote, “[We have] no excuses and congratulate our opponent that landed a very efficient strike that left Amanda knocked out on her feet and won the fight.”

“We prepared for Carla Esparza for months, and then Michelle [Waterson] and then Marina. We did everything right and professional, and the strategy worked well in the first round, which we won, and we were going to follow the same strategy in the other rounds.

“However, unfortunately, she landed a strike early in round two that nullified Amanda. That’s the sport.”

What’s next for Amanda Ribas?

There’s no doubt Ribas is one of the most talented fighters in the strawweight division. She is well versed in all aspects of fighting. But, her submission expertise and her ground game are her primary strengths inside the Octagon.

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Ribas is currently ranked No. 10 in the strawweight division and is behind a row of killers. As mentioned by her father, she was previously scheduled to clash against Carla Esparza and Michelle Waterson, but none of those bouts materialized.

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)

The Brazilian will probably prefer to face any of those two women in her next outing, no doubt. It will give her a chance to showcase her abilities against a veteran and could help her leapfrog her competitors in the rankings.

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She will look to put this loss behind her and come back triumphant later this year. She certainly has what it takes to be a title contender in this division. Who should Ribas fight in her next outing to the Octagon?

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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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