Amanda Ribas’ father has opened up about his frustrations with former strawweight champ Carla Esparza, as well as showcasing a tattoo commemorating his daughter’s first UFC win.
Amanda Ribas (10-1-0) is without a doubt a breakout star in the UFC women’s strawweight division, having picked up several marquee victories over the last few years. The 27-year-old owns notable promotional wins over the likes of Mackenzie Dern, Randa Markos and Paige VanZant.
Duaring a recent chat with MMA Fighting, Amanda Ribas’ father, Marcelo Ribas, showcased his new tattoo commemorating his daughter’s first UFC victory.
“This tattoo is very important for me. It was my biggest accomplishment professionally speaking because I almost had three shots at having someone in the UFC and it never worked, and all of a sudden Amanda got in.” Marcelo Ribas said.
“Her first fight was two years after that doping case and everything we went through, it was very important, so I decided to eternalize that victory on my arm — the night she showed the world who she was.” he continued.
The victory was an impressive first-round rear-naked choke win over Emily Whitmire at the ‘UFC on ESPN 3’ event on June 29, 2019.
Ribas was originally scheduled to make her UFC debut in 2017 but tested positive for ostarine and was thus met with a two-year ban. During May 2019, her suspension was terminated by USADA after finding out that her test failure was the result of a contaminated supplement.
As well as having his daughter’s first UFC win tattooed on his arm, he also has a tattoo of the UFC belt beneath it. Marcelo Ribas says his daughter plans on capturing both the UFC strawweight and flyweight titles, but admits plans have been delayed due to former UFC strawweight champ Carla Esparza.
“Everybody knows we’re going after two belts, the strawweight and flyweight titles. The first goal is the strawweight belt. Unfortunately, Carla Esparza didn’t want to fight and postponed it for us. We were planning on fighting in September and again in December and we have waited for a long time because of her.” Marcelo Ribas explained.
Amanda Ribas returns to the cage at the upcoming “UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2” event when she battles fellow Brazilian prospect, Marina Rodriguez.
UFC 257 takes place on January 23, 2021, from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.