August 4, 2020

REPORT: Paige VanZant returns to strawweight, expected to face Amanda Ribas in Brazil

First reported by Mike Bohn of MMA Fighting, Paige VanZant is expected to return to action at a UFC event on March 14 in Brazil against Amanda Ribas in a strawweight contest.

The fight will be the last one on VanZant’s UFC contract. VanZant (8-4) last fought in January, submitting Rachael Ostovich in a flyweight fight at UFC on ESPN+ 1. In the fight, “12 Guage” suffered another break to her arm. The fight versus Ostovich marked the second fight as a flyweight for VanZant.

Brazil’s Ribas (8-1) has impressed in her first two Octagon outings. She debuted with a submission win over Emily Whitmire in June and followed that up with a dominant decision over Mackenzie Dern at UFC Tampa in October.

Who will you be rooting for?

Source: Mike Bohn, MMA Fighting

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10 thoughts on “REPORT: Paige VanZant returns to strawweight, expected to face Amanda Ribas in Brazil

  1. paige will be sacrificed to a fresh new up and comer. she didn’t succeed the way dana white was hoping she would. tell you the truth paige is a very mediocre fighter, only good to beat up cans, but can’t beat anyone elite. she doesn’t care if she loses because she gets such a good payday , paid more to lose than her oppoents get paid to win.
    I hope whoever she fights next, this brazilian chick , beats paige to bits.

    1. Wow! You sound a bit bitter. Did she stand you up for a date?

      Fortunately, there’s a good number of fighters that are neither cans nor elite that she can keep busy with wherever she goes.

  2. This is just stupid. The UFC is at it again with the stupidity of having a fighter drop weight to a weight class that she left because she has publicly spoken about her problems of making weight for that weight class. This is just pathetic. I really hope Paige VanZant fights out her last fight of her UFC contract and move on from this type of ridiculousness. I’m sure free agency will be good to her because Scott Coker and Bellator scouting department consists of watching the UFC Waiver Wire and going after everything ex-UFC. Examples Cat Zingano, Leslie Smith, Cris Cyborg Justino, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Mirko Cro Cop, Sabah Homasi, Ryan Bader, Phil Davis, Josh Koscheck, and on and on.

  3. anticereal The semantics of your bs is hilarious. People who have bought into propaganda can’t give no thoughts to anything other than the propaganda they have bought into. So fans like you, ignore that Paige VanZant has publicly spoken about her health issues with weight cutting to Strawweight. And fans like you ignore that women MMA in the UFC have spoken about the UFC decision makers pressuring them to fight at a certain weight class and take on a certain and basically giving them no choice. So Paige VanZant fighting at Strawweight again for her final fight on her UFC contract is pathetic and ridiculous. And you just keep buying into the propaganda anticereal of all these fighters are choosing everything they do when under contract with these MMA organizations.

  4. Well, I ain’t here to call anyone outta their name, but PVZ returning to 115 strikes me as somewhat foolhardy, both in terms of the physical demands and the competitive ones — Strawweight is where the highest concentration of high-level fighters dwell, and since Bellator makes most sense for her (IMO) if she leaves (and they don’t HAVE any 115ers, as I recall) it’s a really odd decision, whoever made it.

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