Jinh Yu Frey on Ashley Cummins: “She’ll have trouble trying to put me on my back”

Jinh Yu Frey returns to action on Saturday when she battles Ashley Cummins at Invicta FC 24. The fight will serve as a title eliminator, with the winner challenging for the atomweight world title.

Frey is very confident in her ability to defend the takedowns during Saturday’s fight.

Frey’s (5-2-0) is very confident in her ability to defend all takedown attempts from an opponent who is known for her exceptional wrestling abilities.

I’ve always felt that Ashley Cummins was a really well rounded fighter,” Yu Frey told MMA Junkie. “I think that she’ll have a little trouble trying to put me on my back.”

I think it’s going to be an exceptionally technical battle,” claimed Yu Frey. “I think we’re both skilled practitioners. I feel like countering is my specialty and she’s a pressure fighter, so it will be interesting to see who is better at their game.”

To prepare for Cummins, Yu Frey decided to switch things up – joining up with fellow Invicta athlete Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir and UFC star Joanne Calderwood at Myöljnir MMA in Reykjavik, Iceland. The gym is home to UFC headliner Gunnar Nelson.

A few of my main training partners were injured, one was just finishing camp, and one was out of town – so there really wasn’t a whole lot of bodies for me to work with here,” said Yu Frey. “So it was just kind of a last-minute decision to go to Iceland, since Sunna is fighting [at Invicta FC 24 as well] and Joanne is competing [at UFC Glasgow]. So that was going to be three of us who were in competition mode who were able to push each other.”

The fight is an exciting one for fans of the division. Frey, the number-three ranked atomweight fighter in the world, will be looking to successfully take out a rising contender and receive what she believes is her rightful rematch for the atomweight world title. Meanwhile, a victory for Cummins, the number-ten ranked atomweight fighter in the world, would see her skyrocket up the world rankings and solidify her place as a force in the division, leading to a title shot presumably later this year.

(Click HERE to view the 105-pound atomweight world rankings).

Invicta FC 24 takes place this Saturday 15th July from the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. The event will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass.



  1. Not sure why Jinh Yu is fighting a #10 ranked fighter when she should be fighting for the title already. That last stoppage with the champ was bogus. I guess she just wants to stay busy. I’m counting on her getting past Cummins and hoping for a title fight shortly.

    1. She’s #10 out of all organizations, but she’s probably top 5 or 6 in Invicta…Invicta probably felt she had to get a win to earn the immediate rematch with the champ.

      1. Risky, stylistic match up for Jinh. I guess she does want to stay busy, but this is a risk for as she should be in title contention.

    1. Good point, Bob. Given that she was arguably ahead in the fight against Yamasaki leading up to the cut and that Yamasaki claimed she wanted a rematch, I think it’s probably more a case of Frey wanting to keep active and Yamasaki not being ready due to the punishment she took in her last fight.

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