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Biography And Interesting Facts About Amanda Ribas


Biography And Interesting Facts About Amanda Ribas

Amanda Ribas was born in August 26, 1993, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist (MMA), competing in the Strawweight division of the UFC. As of December 20 2021, she is #9 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings.

The Varginha native is the daughter of Marcelo Ribas, a judo and Jiu-jitsu coach who also teaches Muay Thai. She trained under her father until she was part of one of the national judo youth teams in Brazil. She stopped training and competing for some years after suffering knee injuries. She started to train and compete again after seeing some of her colleagues training for an MMA tournament.

I was born on the mat. It was for me. There was a time when I stopped grappling for dancing. My father wanted to die.

After winning 2014 IMMAF World Championship in the Women’s Flyweight division, Ribas started her professional MMA career in 2014 and fought primarily in Brazil. She amassed a record of 6–1 prior to being signed by UFC.

Ribas was expected to face Carla Esparza on December 12, 2020 at UFC 256. However, on October 9, it was announced that Esparza was pulled due to undisclosed reasons. Instead, Ribas was scheduled to face Michelle Waterson on January 24, 2021 at UFC 257. However, it was reported on December 8, 2020 that Waterson was forced out of the event, and she was replaced by Marina Rodriguez. Ribas lost the fight via technical knockout in round two.

Ribas was scheduled to meet Angela Hill on May 8, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 24. However, the day of the event Ribas was removed from the bout due to COVID-19 protocols and the bout was cancelled. The bout was rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 189 on June 5, 2021. Two weeks later, the pairing was scrapped once again as Ribas was still suffering from lingering COVID-19 symptoms.

Ribas faced Virna Jandiroba on October 30, 2021 at UFC 267. She won the bout via unanimous decision. Ribas is scheduled to face Michelle Waterson on March 26, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 205.