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Amanda
Ribas
looks like a future star at times and a giant question
mark at others.

The former Jungle
Fight
champion will draw her first assignment of 2022 when she
collides with Katlyn
Chookagian
in a
UFC on ESPN 36
women’s strawweight feature this Saturday at the
UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Ribas, 28, has delivered seven of her 11
career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. She
sports a 5-1 record as a member of the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
roster—a run that includes wins
over Emily
Whitmire
, Randa
Markos
and Paige
VanZant
.

In advance of Ribas’ forthcoming battle with Chookagian at 115
pounds, a look at some of the rivalries that have helped shape her
career to this point:

The Tata Fight Team export captured the women’s strawweight
championship when she knocked out Ribas in the first round of their
Jungle Fight 83 co-main event on Nov. 18, 2015 at the Botafogo
Soccer and Rowing Club Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro. Viana brought
it to an emphatic close 2:54 into Round 1. Ribas was the aggressor
from the outset, as the undefeated prospect paired her jab and
overhand right with ill intent. However, as she closed the
distance, she did so with her hands low and her chin high; and she
emerged from a clinch exchange with a bloody nose. Soon after,
Viana cut loose with a multi-punch volley and punctuated it with a
clean right hook. Ribas hit the deck, and in her haste to cling to
a desperate takedown attempt, she left herself exposed once more. A
final volley of short punches and hammerfists rendered her
unconscious and made Viana a champion at 115 pounds.

A consistent jab, airtight takedown defense and sublime lateral
movement spurred Ribas to a unanimous decision over the previously
unbeaten 2015 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World
Championships gold medalist in a UFC Fight Night 161 women’s
strawweight showcase on Oct. 12, 2019 at Amalie Arena in Tampa,
Florida. All three cageside judges scored it 30-27. In her first
appearance in more than a year, Dern was woefully inept on the feet
and too often was left swinging at air. Ribas—who holds the rank of
black belt in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu—scored with a throw in
the first round, utilized an effective sprawl and peppered her
counterpart with punches from the outside. By the time it was over,
she had outlanded Dern by a 74-20 count in significant strikes and
limited her to a mere two seconds of control time.

The
Dana White’s Contender Series
graduate put away Ribas with
punches in the second round of their featured UFC 257 attraction on
Jan. 23, 2021 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Rodriguez drew the curtain 54 seconds into Round 2. Ribas secured a
takedown and controlled much of the first round from top position.
However, her luck changed in an instant in the second. There, she
walked into a counter right hook from Rodriguez, faceplanted and
continued to eat punches while referee Herb Dean
hovered above. Dean appeared to make contact with Rodriguez but did
not call for the stoppage, leading to a momentary pause. She then
resumed her assault on the still wobbly Ribas, connected with
another thudding right and forced Dean to act.

Ribas reasserted herself in the Ultimate Fighting Championship
women’s strawweight division and showed no lingering effects from
her aforementioned loss to Rodriguez, as she took a unanimous
decision from Jandiroba in the featured UFC 267 prelim on Oct. 30,
2021 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. All three
judges struck 29-28 scorecards. Jandiroba executed a takedown and
sat down the onetime Jungle Fight champion with an overhand right
in the first round. From there, Ribas seized command. She tore into
the former
Invicta Fighting Championships
titleholder with multi-punch
bursts, often punctuating them with leg kicks. Ribas had her fellow
Brazilian reeling in Round 3, where she blindsided her with a head
kick and pursued the finish with follow-up punches. Though a
stoppage failed to materialize, the die had been cast.


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