Amanda Ribas suffered an upset defeat to Marina Rodriguez at this past Saturday’s UFC 257 event, losing by way of a second-round TKO.
Ribas (10-2-0) seemed largely dominant in the first-round and was able to implement her game plan of taking Rodriguez down to the ground and controlling her. Things took a turn in the second round when Ribas got caught with a heavy shot early on and was unable to recover.
In a recent statement sent in to MMA Fighting – Amanda Ribas’ father, Marcelo Ribas, discussed the loss against Rodriguez, as well as revealing when his daughter will return to the octagon.
“[We have] no excuses, and congratulate our opponent that landed a very efficient strike that left Amanda knocked out on her feet and won the fight. We prepared for Carla Esparza for months, and then Michelle [Waterson] and then Marina. We did everything right and professional, and the strategy worked well in the first round, which we won, and we were going to follow the same strategy in the other rounds. However, unfortunately, she landed a strike early in round two that nullified Amanda. That’s the sport.” he said.
“Amanda has no scratch and is ready for the next one already. We’ll go back to our hometown now and train hard because we’ll ask for a fight in April in Las Vegas or May in Abu Dhabi.” he continued.
Ribas is without a doubt one of the most skilled strawweight fighters on the UFC roster. The 27-year-old possesses a well-rounded game and owns dominant victories over the likes of Mackenzie Dern, Randa Markos and Paige VanZant.
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