October 29, 2021 | 10:31 am
MANILA, Philippines – It’s four days before Amanda Ribas’ fight against Virna Jandiroba in UFC 267 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and the five-foot-four dynamo is looking forward to to return inside the Octagon.
In an interview with Philstar.com, Ribas (10-0, 4-1 in the UFC) said she was highly motivated to get back on the winning streak after seeing her four-game winning streak stopped by fellow Brazilian Marina Rodriguez last January also in Abu Dhabi, and also to put her COVID-19 issues behind her.
“Thank goodness I’m fine. I’ve had it twice, ”revealed Ribas, who took time off from training camp for this exclusive interview.
Ribas was supposed to fight much sooner after the loss to Rodriguez, but she contracted the virus for the second time. “In my last fight. I made camp and lost weight, then they called me and told me I had Covid. My dad also had the Covid but we’re all fine now. We are fully vaccinated.
“The training camp was amazing. I first did my training camp in (his hometown of) Varginha in Brazil, then I arrived in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 23 October.
Ribas will face Jandiroba (17-2-0), who last fought on June 19, 2021 when she defeated Kanako Murata via TKO.
However, if combat sports fans know Ribas, they will know that she is an all-action fighter who is in constant motion and always advancing like a hunter stalking her prey. She is adept at hitting and landing with heels and backhands as she is in the ground and pound game.
Outside the Octagon, Ribas is 180 degrees different. She enjoys spending time with her family especially her father Marcelo, a Brazilian judo master who taught her the basics of mixed martial arts.
“It’s a dream come true for him (his father) and for me to become a fighter. I’m also happy to fight too. My family and my gym are both happy too. They know my family’s MMA history.
Ribas smiles and laughs a lot. “Someone who likes to laugh and make jokes to their friends” is how she describes herself. And judging from the interview, she’s full of life, even mocking herself for the pimple growing on her 28-year-old forehead.
“I still have pimples,” she laughed.
Don’t make mistakes. Ribas is ready for her fight with Jandiroba.
“It’s going to be a big fight. We both fight well on the ground or standing and we both don’t let go, ”Amanda predicted of the fight. “It will be interesting to see who comes out on top. But I really want to win.
“In any sport, you can’t say that a person is a favorite. If you lose your mind for two seconds, you can get this moment. I am really prepared. After catching Covid, I really prepared myself and I want to win.
“Everything is business and when I fight I focus, I focus.”
Asked about sharing similar styles with veteran Jandiroba, Ribas said skills can be equal, but what highlighted the thing that sets her apart.
” It’s my heart. Because I put my heart in everything I do.
UFC 267 can be watched by UFC fans on Premier Sports on Sky Cable and Cignal and on the Tap Go streaming app.