Amanda Ribas is set to face fellow strawweight contender Angela Hill in a showdown targeted for May 8th on a UFC Fight Night card headlined by Cory Sandhagen vs TJ Dillashaw. A top 15 strawweight clash, a win here would firmly place either fighter in the top 10 in the division.
Sources confirmed to MMA Fighting that contracts have not yet been signed however both sides have agreed verbally to the bout. The location of the bout has not yet been confirmed although the UFC APEX in Las Vegas is to be targeted.
Currently ranked no.10, Amanda Ribas (10-2) is coming off her only loss in the UFC promotion after suffering a brutal TKO finish at the hands of Marina Rodriguez. The Brazilian had not lost for 6 years before her last fight. Prior to the loss Ribas collected four wins in the UFC defeating the likes of Emily Whitmire, Mackenzie Dern, Randa Markos and Paige Vanzant.
A black belt in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Amanda Ribas is highly skilled on the ground with four submission wins throughout her career. She is the former Jungle Fight strawweight champion and Max Fight strawweight champion, the latter which she captured in 2016.
Ribas did not compete in MMA professionally for three years after being given a two-year suspension in 2017 from USADA for banned substances. She returned in 2019 straight into the UFC and won four bouts on the trot before her most recent loss.
After falling short on back-to-back split decision losses to Claudia Gadelha and Michelle Waterson in the latter part of 2020, Hill (13-9) found herself back in the winning column when the American bested Ashley Yoder in a unanimous decision win back in March this year.
The two split decision losses were controversial since many fans and media outlets believed Hill to have won both. Currently ranked no.12 in the division, had the split decision losses turned in her favour, she would easily be ranked inside the top 10.
Hill was Invicta strawweight champion when she defeated Lívia Renata Souza in 2016 and then went on to defend the belt against Kaline Medeiros later that year. She is also the first African-American woman to headline a UFC card when she fought Waterson in 2020 and the first African-American woman to be signed to the UFC.
UFC Fight Night on May 8th lineup includes:
- Cory Sandhagen vs. T.J. Dillashaw
- Donald Cerrone vs. Diego Sanchez
- Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ryan Benoit
- Julianna Pena vs. TBA
- Maurice Greene vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
- Christian Aguilera vs. Carlston Harris
- Francisco Figueredo vs. Jimmy Flick
- Roxanne Modafferi vs. Taila Santos
- Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jun Yong Park
- Damir Hadzovic vs. Nikolas Motta
- Philipe Lins vs. Ben Rothwell
- Angela Hill vs. Amanda Ribas
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