VanZant vs Ribas were previously scheduled to fight in March at UFC Brasilia in a Strawweight bout, however, VanZant had to pull out due to an undisclosed injury that required surgery, presumably an arm/shoulder issue that came up again. VanZant had dealt with a variety of injuries in the last few years that have kept her out of the octagon. She last fought over a year ago in January 2019 defeating Rachael Ostovich by submission in a very impressive victory. Finally, both fighters are ready and set to face each other on July 11th. To have more insights, please read our preview below on Smashingtip!
Amanda Ribas, is a name to behold here. The Brazilian is an impressive 9-1 and 3-0 in the UFC. Ribas sits at #15 in the strawweight division rankings, and while this bout will take a place at flyweight, a win over a huge name like Paige VanZant could move Ribas up the rankings. But it will be more for Ribas than for VanZant, because apparently this is Paige’s last fight in UFC in her contract and she is willing to try her luck in free agency. Amanda is a fast, well striking fighter, so this is a good chance for her to improve her record.
When VanZant steps into the octagon in July, it will be the final fight on her contract. She has noted in the past she wants to consider free agency, so this very well might be the last time we get to see VanZant compete for the UFC for some time. At 8-4 in her career and 5-3 in the UFC, this will be a crucial fight to determine where VanZant might be headed to in the future. Nevertheless, it would be much better luck in free agency if she would move there with a win.
Amanda Ribas vs Paige VanZant H2H
Both fighters have never faced each other before, which makes this fight even more interesting.