LAS VEGAS – Amanda Ribas thinks plenty is on the road in her subsequent UFC time out.
The 28-year-passe fighter, who in most cases fights at 115 kilos, is making a circulate as a lot as flyweight for Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 36. Ribas (11-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will strive in opposition to on the fundamental card of the occasion in opposition to frail UFC title challenger and lengthy-time high contender Katlyn Chookagian.
“That is so unbelievable since it’s the No. 1 (contender), so this for me … some folk occupy, ‘It’s now not too worthy stress?’ For me, no,” Ribas suggested reporters on the UFC on ESPN 36 media day on Wednesday. “For me, it’s a predominant opportunity. It’s unbelievable.”
Right here’s the second time the Brazilian will are attempting her fair true fortune at 125 kilos. She beforehand competed at flyweight in 2020 when she submitted Paige VanZant. The diverse five bouts she’s had below the UFC banner occupy been at strawweight.
Even even though she would possibly possibly presumably now not occupy a ton of ancient previous within the division, Ribas believes she would possibly possibly presumably impact a title shot if victorious in opposition to Chookagian.
“I occupy optimistic,” Ribas acknowledged. “Needless to remark, it’s a long way dependent on the outcomes of the strive in opposition to, nonetheless optimistic. I occupy optimistic.”
With regard to the matchup itself, handiest two warring parties occupy been ready to easiest Chookagian – fresh UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and frail strawweight champ Jessica Andrade.
Ribas knows Chookagian is a tough opponent and a cosmopolitan one to determine.
“I occupy she’s in actuality real fighter and he or she’s No. 1,” Ribas explained. “I ought to occupy a examine out because she throws diverse punches and rep diverse facets. I want to position my vitality and rep my distance because I don’t want her to revel within the strive in opposition to. If I did her to create that, it would possibly presumably be real for her, so I don’t want to create that.”