Jennifer Maia is absolutely sure that her pounds-cutting challenges are guiding her.
Maia (17-6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) faces Viviane Araujo on Aug. 1, exactly where she will seem to climb back again up to flyweight rivalry. Maia missed pounds in her previous two outings, and the former Invicta FC winner chalks up her mishaps to staying sick-well prepared.
“I’ve been battling for a lengthy time,” Maia advised MMA Junkie. “I experienced normally manufactured bodyweight. But, for my very last two bouts, there were being strategic problems all through my preparing. They induced me issues at the weigh-ins. All those errors have been corrected. It will not occur again. The dilemma was in striving to optimize my physical energy in advance of the final levels of the body weight cut.”
After notching wins above Alexis Davis and Roxanne Modafferi in her 1st two UFC fights, Maia endured a unanimous choice loss to Katlyn Chookagian final November, who went on to problem champion Valentina Shevchenko for the flyweight title.
Though Maia is concentrated on Araujo, she has her sights set on one day getting a shot at the title.
“I glance at points a person battle at a time,” Maia claimed. “Of program, I pretty considerably want the UFC belt. I’m hunting to get there, but my concentrate now is completely on the bout in opposition to Viviane. Ideally a victory will drive me even closer to the best of the division so I can at some point confront the champion.”
Likewise to Maia, Araujo impressed in her 1st two UFC fights but suffered a unanimous decision loss to former flyweight title challenger Jessica Eye in her last outing at UFC 245.
So Maia is expecting a pretty video game Araujo when the satisfy on the Aug. 1 party, which was rescheduled from an authentic June 27 date.
“‘Vivi’ is truly rough,” Maia mentioned. “She’s had superb performances inside of the UFC. I consider it is likely to be a great struggle. It is heading to be a challenge. We’ll both equally be regularly searching for a finish. I have been teaching tough for this distinct combat. I’m confident I’ll be bringing this win residence. I really do not know precisely how the struggle will conclusion, but I plan to make guaranteed it takes place just before it goes to the judges.
“In this fight, and going ahead, I want to exhibit factors that I have not but been equipped to clearly show in the UFC. I want to show how significantly sharper my game is. I want people to see that I’m a diverse fighter now.”