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Varginha, Brazil’s Amanda Ribas submits Paige VanZant at ‘UFC 251’ on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Amanda Ribas, Paige VanZant (©UFC)

Amanda Ribas, Paige VanZant (©UFC)

Amanda Ribas, 26, of Varginha, Minas Gerais, Brazil was one of the “UFC 251” winners. It was the Brazilian mixed martial artist’s fourth consecutive win in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 13 MMA matches, “UFC 251” took place at the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on July 11, 2020 (or July 12, 2020 in the UAE). In the ninth bout of the evening, Ribas fought Paige “12 Gauge” VanZant, 26, of Sparks, Nevada, United States in the women’s flyweight division.

Rich Mitchell served as the referee. He put a stop to the flyweight contest after 2 minutes and 21 seconds in the first round when Ribas submitted VanZant via arm bar.

Winning at “UFC 251” improved Ribas’s professional MMA record to 10 wins and 1 loss. The Varginha native is now riding a five-bout winning streak.

It was the second time VanZant lost via submission in a UFC bout. The Sparks native now has 8 wins and 5 losses.

 

Including Brazil and the U.S., 12 countries were represented at “UFC 251.” The others were Australia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Scotland and Switzerland.

Ribas was one of the eight fighters who represented Brazil. VanZant was one of the six representatives of the U.S.

 

Born in Varginha on August 26, 1993, Ribas is the daughter of Marcelo Ribas. A teacher of jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and judo, he trained his daughter until she became a member of one the national youth teams in Brazil.

In 2014, Amanda won the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World Championship in the women’s flyweight division. In the same her, she made her professional MMA debut.

In 2019, Amanda made her UFC debut. Prior to this, she competed in Pentagon Combat, Jungle Fight and Max Fight.

Amanda is a black belt both in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Before facing VanZant at “UFC 251,” the Varginha native defeated her first three UFC opponents namely Emily Whitmire, Mackenzie Dern and Randa Markos.

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