LAS VEGAS – Amanda Ribas is no stranger to UFC Fight Night 232 opponent Luana Pinheiro. In truth, they have quite a records together.
Ribas (12-4 MMA, 6-three UFC) and Pinheiro (eleven-1 MMA, three-0 UFC) will meet on Saturday’s most important card on the UFC Apex in a strawweight bout that streams on ESPN . It can be a reunion of types among the Brazilians, who throughout their childhood have been housemates at a children athletes membership in Belo Horizonte.
“It’s fun because I lived along with her after I turned into younger,” Ribas told MMA Junkie and other journalists at Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 232 media day. “The same house, athlete house with 26 ladies. Not just warring parties, but gamers of volleyball, swimming too. Now we see each different, too, and combat with every different. It’s loopy, but good crazy. Now I’m here, and she’s right here too, so it’s first-rate.”
Ribas can admire the fact she and Pinheiro came from a comparable corner of the globe and could now be fighting on MMA’s largest stage underneath the intense lighting of Las Vegas. Ribas is among the maximum outwardly fantastic personalities on the UFC roster, but even she knows that once the cage door closes, it may’t be all love.
After going 2-three in her past 5 fights, Ribas wishes to get lower back on the right track. She is returning to strawweight at UFC Fight Night 232, and she hopes that creates an “excessive, competitive” version of herself towards Pinheiro
UFC Fight Night 232’s Amanda Ribas
“I am extraordinarily expert – I look at her as my opponent who desires to take my prize,” Ribas stated. “So I see her like this now. After the combat, OK, we are able to experience Vegas or do a lot of things.”
Ribas, 30, is coming off a Fight of the Night loss to Maycee Barber in June. Prior to that, she beat Viviane Araujo by unanimous selection in March.
Saturday will mark the primary time Ribas has stepped into the octagon three instances in a calendar yr, and although she’s coming off a loss, expects the overall activity will enhance her performance.
“This is extraordinary for me due to the fact this is the first time I will do 3 fights in a year. This is extraordinary. My intention goes to go to the pinnacle, and I desire next 12 months I can do 3 fights, too, or maybe four. As a professional athlete, I suppose we need to be extra energetic.”
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