UFC women’s strawweight fighter Amanda Ribas picked up another win at last weekend’s UFC Brasilia and now wants Paige VanZant to be her next opponent.
The 26-year old was initially scheduled to fight Paige VanZant at UFC Brasilia. However, VanZant was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a fractured arm for the 3rd-time. VanZant was replaced by Randa Markos, who lost to Ribas via unanimous decision at UFC Brasilia. It was a dominant win for Amanda Ribas, with the judges scoring the bout 30–26, 30–25, 30–25 in her favour.
Now that Ribas was able to get through her replacement opponent, she has called for VanZant to step up and face her next. Speaking to the media following her win at UFC Brasilia, Ribas had the following to say:
“I think it’d be a great fight. For me, for (VanZant), and for the UFC. I hope she recovers really fast. I don’t care if she wants it at 115 or 125 because she needs to recover her arm really good because I will be 100 percent and I hope she will be too,” Ribas said.
“I think we’ll be a great fight. I want to fight with the best. And when I look at her, I see a good fighter, a good talker, so I think it’d be a great fight for the fans. We need to think about the fans because they make us better.”
Paige VanZant only has 1 more fight left on her current UFC contract. Amanda Ribas is desperate to fight her and even offered “PVZ” the choice of picking the weight division for their potential scrap:
“I’m giving her these options because I want to fight with her. I’m giving her two options. 115, 125, if she wants it let’s go,” Ribas said.
Ribas sports an unblemished record in the UFC with 3 wins and no losses over the likes of Emily Whitmire, Mackenzie Dern and now Randa Markos. Her overall MMA record currently stands at 9-1.
Meanwhile, Paige VanZant, 25, last fought in the Octagon in January of last year. She picked up a slick submission victory over Rachael Ostovich at UFC Fight Night 143, stopping her opponent via armbar in the 2nd round.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 18th March, 2020.