Amanda Ribas, a name synonymous with power, resilience, and determination, is undeniably one of the most notable female fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Her journey from a young martial arts enthusiast to a prominent contender in the UFC’s Strawweight division is nothing short of inspiring. This article shines a spotlight on Ribas’ rise in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), her career highlights, and why she is a UFC fighter to watch.
Who is Amanda Ribas?
Born on August 26, 1993, in Varginha, Brazil, Amanda Ribas has been steeped in the world of martial arts from an early age. Her passion for the sport is rooted in her family, particularly her father, Marcelo Ribas, a seasoned judo, Jiu-jitsu, and Muay Thai coach. She followed in her father’s footsteps, training under him until she joined one of Brazil’s national judo youth teams.
Despite experiencing a setback due to knee injuries, Ribas’ determination to excel in MMA never waned. After a brief hiatus, she returned to the ring, inspired by her colleagues’ training for an MMA tournament. Today, she competes in the Strawweight division of the UFC, ranking #9 in the UFC women’s flyweight rankings as of April 2023, and #11 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings as of May 2023.
The Early Years
Ribas’ professional MMA journey began in 2014, following her victory at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World Championship in the Women’s Flyweight division. She primarily fought in Brazil, accumulating a commendable record of 6-1 before signing with the UFC.
The Journey in UFC
Ribas’ debut in the UFC came with its share of challenges and victories. Her initial bout against Juliana Lima in 2017 was met with a setback due to a potential anti-doping violation. However, she emerged from the controversy stronger than ever, with the suspension terminated in 2019, as the positive test was attributed to a contaminated dietary supplement.
In June of 2019, Ribas made her UFC debut against Emily Whitmire. Displaying her exceptional skills, she won the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the second round. This win set the stage for a series of spectacular performances, leading to victories against renowned fighters including Mackenzie Dern, Randa Markos, and Paige VanZant.
One of Ribas’ most notable bouts was against Paige VanZant in July 2020, which she clinched via submission in round one. The victory bolstered her reputation as a formidable UFC fighter.
However, her career has not been without obstacles. Ribas faced a few losses, including a technical knockout in round two against Marina Rodriguez in January 2021. Despite this setback, Ribas bounced back with a victory against Virna Jandiroba in October 2021.
More recently, Ribas’ bout against Katlyn Chookagian in May 2022 resulted in a close loss via split decision. Despite the defeat, the match earned Ribas her first ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus award, exemplifying her unwavering spirit and captivating performances.
Amanda Ribas: The Fighter to Watch
Ribas’ resilience, combined with her impressive fighting skills, makes her a UFC fighter to watch. Her upcoming fight against Maycee Barber on June 24, 2023, is eagerly anticipated by MMA fans worldwide.
Amanda Ribas’ journey in the UFC is a testament to her indomitable spirit, exceptional skills, and unwavering determination. She has not only become one of the best female fighters in the UFC but also a beacon of inspiration for many aspiring martial artists.
As Ribas continues to make strides in her career, she exemplifies the essence of a true fighter – resilient, committed, and unyielding. So, whether you’re an MMA enthusiast or a newcomer to the sport, keep an eye on Amanda Ribas – she’s one UFC fighter whose journey is a thrilling ride.
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