Amanda Ribas is hoping to fight Michelle Waterson next time out.
Ribas and Waterson were set to fight at UFC 257 but “The Karate Hottie” was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury. Ribas then fought Marina Rodriguez and suffered a second-round TKO loss.
The loss was no doubt disappointing for Ribas who suffered her first loss in the UFC and had some of her hype derailed. However, she still a ranked strawweight and believes a fight against Waterson makes sense.
Heyy @karatehottiemma ! What do you think of making our fight happen ?!
I think it would be very cool 🥰
let's go do this 🦾😊@danawhite @Mickmaynard2 @Alexdavismma @ufc @UFCBrasil @espnmma @ribasfight @ParrumpaATT pic.twitter.com/jOL9Qa1mDf
— Amanda Ribas (@amandaribasufc) February 26, 2021
“Heyy @karatehottiemma! What do you think of making our fight happen ?! I think it would be very cool. let’s go do this,” Ribas wrote on Twitter.
A fight between Ribas and Waterson no doubt makes sense. The two are ranked inside the top-10 and the winner would likely fight a top-five opponent next time out. They both are also marketable, so for the UFC, they guarantee one of them takes a step forward in the stacked strawweight division. It’s also an interesting style matchup as Ribas will want to get it to the ground while Waterson is the better striker and if it remains on the feet, she has a very good chance of winning.
Amanda Ribas is currently 10-2 as a pro and 4-1 inside the Octagon. The Brazilian made her UFC debut in June of 2019 after not fighting in three years and was a relative unknown. In her debut, she submitted Emily Whitmire in the second round. She then beat Mackenzie Dern and Randa Markos by decision before submitting Paige VanZant in the first-round at UFC 251 before the loss to Rodriguez.
Michelle Waterson, meanwhile, is 18-8 and returned to the win column last time out with a split decision win over Angela Hill in the main event of UFC Vegas 10. Before that, she lost a close split decision to Carla Esparza and dropped a decision to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the main event of UFC Tampa.