“I’m building a new mindset” – UFC’s Virna Jandiroba outlines plans for 2023, breaks down Esparza vs. Weili in WMMA Rankings Exclusive

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Number-ten ranked UFC strawweight contender Virna Jandiroba recently sat down with WMMA Rankings team member Tonya for an in-depth chat.

Virna Jandiroba is ranked number ten in the UFC’s strawweight contender rankings.


Virna Jandiroba currently holds the number 10 spot in the UFC Women’s Strawweight division. The former Invicta champ gave up her reign to take advantage of an opportunity in the UFC where she made her debut in 2019. Jandiroba’s overall record is 18-3 with all three losses coming by top 10 ranked UFC strawweights: Amanda Ribas, Mackenzie Dern, and Carla Esparza. In a recent interview with WMMA Rankings, Jandiroba details which one of those losses she would like to avenge.

I would like a rematch with Mackenzie [Dern]…would be amazing. I think it was a very balanced fight. I would certainly be more aggressive, more forceful. I’m building a new mindset.”

Jandiroba’s last fight was a victory by unanimous decision over Angela Hill at UFC Vegas 54 in May of this year. We asked her about her thoughts on that performance and who she would like to see in the octagon next.

That fight was very important and expanded me a lot. I tore my meniscus at the end of the first round, I felt the snap and felt my knee wobbly. Having the coldness and determination to continue the fight was already a great triumph. I’m in the top 10 right now, I hope to face a top 10. Michelle Waterson [Gomez], would be good.”

When asked what she would have done for a living had she not went into fighting, Virna explained her interests lie in the field of psychology and the arts.

I wanted to do theater, psychology too. I am curious about the human mind, if my choice were today, I would choose to be a psychoanalyst.”

Jandiroba has finished thirteen of her career wins by way of submissions.


Jandiroba also offered us an analysis of the upcoming strawweight title bout featuring current champion Carla Esparza vs Zhang Weili taking place this Saturday at UFC 281.

Zhang is an athlete with a lot of physical vigor, aggressive. Carla is an intelligent athlete, she wins a lot in scoring. It’s high-level wrestling, it cancels out the opponent’s game. I don’t know if I will have the consistency and spirit to contain Zhang. But I’m rooting for Carla Esparza.”

Outside of fighting, Virna enjoys traveling and reading about a variety of topics. We asked her what her plans were for the rest of 2022 and what she would like to accomplish in 2023.

I want to recover by the end of 2022, beginning of 2023. I want to do 3 or 4 fights next year.

Virna appears to be planning on an action-packed new year. Will Mackenzie Dern or Michelle Waterson-Gomez step up to the plate? Time will tell, but in the meantime, we wish Virna a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back in the octagon in 2023.

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