An exciting women’s strawweight matchup between top contenders Amanda Lemos and Marina Rodriguez has been added to the stacked UFC 280 card.
Combate was the first to report the matchup between Lemos and Rodriguez for UFC 280, which is set to take place on October 22 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The bout is the latest addition to a stacked pay-per-view card that features dual title fights on it. Title fights already announced for the card include Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight belt and UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling vs. TJ Dillashaw. In addition, Petr Yan takes on Sean O’Malley, Mateusz Gamrot fights Beneil Dariush, and Sean Brady takes on Belal Muhammad.
The fight between Lemos and Rodriguez pits the division’s No. 8 contender in Lemos against the No. 3 contender in Rodriguez. It should be an excellent fight between two of the women’s strawweights best fighters, and it’s conceivable that the winner of this bout will be in line for a UFC women’s strawweight title shot. The champion is Carla Esparza, and she’s set to take on Weili Zhang next. The winner of this Lemos vs. Rodriguez matchup makes a lot of sense to be the next title challenger following Zhang.
Lemos (12-2-1) is coming off of a submission win over Michelle Waterson-Gomez in her last outing. Overall, Lemos is 6-2 in the UFC with notable wins over Angela Hill and Miranda Granger, among others.
Rodriguez (16-1-2) is currently riding a four-fight win streak and she was hoping to get the next title shot before Zhang got it following her big win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Rodriguez is 6-1-2 in the UFC, and she holds notable wins during Yan Xiaonan, Mackenzie Dern, and the aforementioned Waterson-Gomez.
Who do you think wins this women’s strawweight bout at UFC 280 between Amanda Lemos and Marina Rodriguez?
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