ABU DHABI – Coach Marcos DaMatta is confident that Amanda Ribas can go all the way to the major.
DaMatta, American Best Team’s jiu-jitsu coach, has been doing the job with Ribas at any time considering the fact that she walked into the gym prior to her octagon debut and is 1 of her lead cornermen.
Ribas (10-1 MMA, 4- UFC) has produced a fast effects considering that joining the UFC roster in June 2019, choosing up large wins that involve bouncing Mackenzie Dern out of the ranks of the unbeaten and a first-spherical submission of Paige VanZant at UFC 251.
The increasing star may perhaps have turn into a lover favorite in substantial component thanks to her infectious snicker and bubbly persona, but DeMatta sees a effectively-rounded fighter who has the potential to take the strawweight division by storm.
“Absolutely, she’s one particular of American Major Team’s potential champions – that we actually believe,” DaMatta stated. “The rationale I say that is not mainly because I coach her. It is just due to the fact she has the whole package deal. She’s a great striker, she’s an brilliant judo player, she has superior jiu-jitsu, wonderful perspective, charisma and the record goes on and on.
“She’s amazing for 115. She’s extremely focused. Her excess weight is currently on combat 7 days range, in advance of schedule. Very last combat, she was 125 (lbs) straightforward, so I imagine her mentality is what will make her a small various. She’s not teaching just to conquer Mackenzie or Randa (Markos) or Paige or Marina (Rodriguez). She’s instruction to be the greatest.”
Ribas faces Rodriguez at UFC 257 on “Fight Island,” exactly where she’ll appear to keep on her ascent up the 115-pound rankings and notch her fifth promotional gain.