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UFC Fight Night: Amanda Ribas vs Rose Namajunas

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Today, the UFC Apex in Las Vegas hosts UFC Fight Night: Ribas vs. Namajunas, headlined by a pivotal women's flyweight bout. In one corner, former two-time UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas looks to reignite her career. Across the octagon, Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Amanda Ribas is the gatekeeper to potential flyweight title contention.


Event Overview​

UFC Fight Night: Ribas vs. Namajunas
Date: Mar 23 / 7:00 PM PDT
Venue: UFC Apex Facility, Las Vegas, Nevada

The UFC Apex is a central hub for hosting various UFC events, including Fight Night cards, Contender Series bouts, and The Ultimate Fighter competitions. Its establishment marked a shift in the UFC's approach to staging events, offering a more controlled environment than traditional arena settings.

One of the most unique aspects of the UFC Apex is its state-of-the-art production capabilities. Equipped with advanced technology and facilities, including multiple high-definition cameras, lighting rigs, and control rooms, the Apex provides an optimal setting for producing high-quality broadcasts and content.

It is home to Dana White's Contender Series, a platform where up-and-coming fighters showcase their skills in hopes of securing a UFC contract. This series provides a direct pathway for talented prospects to catch the attention of UFC officials and earn a spot on the roster.

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Detailed Fight Card Analysis​

Amanda Ribas (12-4) is a jiu-jitsu wiz with a knack for finishes. Ribas is looking to cement her place as a flyweight contender. Rose Namajunas (12-6) is a former two-time UFC strawweight champion. Namajunas seeks redemption as a flyweight after a challenging run at 115 lbs. Known for her sharp striking and slick submissions, she must overcome a new coaching setup and a formidable opponent in Ribas.

The bout between Karl Williams (9-1) and Justin Tafa (7-3) is a heavyweight brawl between two fighters known for their finishing ability. Both fighters boast impressive finishing rates, promising an exciting battle.

Edmen Shahbazyan (12-4) vs. AJ Dobson (7-2) is a middleweight striker's delight, with both fighters possessing knockout power. Both fighters are known for their knockout power, making this a potential "Fight of the Night" contender.

Rising prospects Payton Talbott (7-0) and Cameron Saaiman (9-1) will showcase their skills in the bantamweight division. Featherweight fans can anticipate a potential barnburner as Billy Quarantillo (19-5) and Youssef Zalal (13-5-1) collide, showcasing their exciting brawling styles.

Rounding out the fight card is another featherweight matchup between Fernando Padilla (15-5) and Luis Pajuelo (8-1), where both fighters will be looking to make a statement in the stacked 145-pound division.

Main Event Spotlight​

Amanda Ribas​

Ribas is a well-rounded fighter with a base in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, her aggression is her defining characteristic. She throws many strikes, often looking to overwhelm opponents and create takedown opportunities.

Ribas' biggest strength lies in her relentless grappling pressure. She boasts a takedown accuracy of over 50% and a knack for transitioning into dominant positions on the ground.

While her aggression is a strength, it can sometimes lead to overcommitting on strikes, leaving her open to counters. Her striking technique could be more refined than Namajunas', and she might struggle in extended stand-up exchanges.

Rose Namajunas​

Namajunas is known for her sharp, technical striking. She utilizes a variety of kicks and punches, often employing footwork and feints to create openings. Her slick counter-striking abilities have earned her highlight-reel knockouts in the past.

Her footwork and striking technique are a step above Ribas'. She can pick opponents apart with precise combinations and has a solid counter-punching game. Namajunas also possesses underrated grappling skills, good takedown defense, and the ability to scramble back to her feet if taken down.

Still, Namajunas has struggled with consistency in recent outings. Her reliance on counter-striking can sometimes leave her passive against aggressive fighters. Additionally, her takedown defense, while decent, hasn't been impenetrable.

Predictions and Pre-Fight Analysis​

Sam Brydges of talkSport believes that Namajunas' move to flyweight is a positive step. He shared, “Namajunas does have her off days, but she sounds determined to have a proper go at this Flyweight division, and now, having had extra time to build into the weight class, it is worth backing her to get the job done here.”

However, some experts caution against overlooking Ribas' threat. For Ben Southby of Eurosport, “Amanda Ribas is “ready for war” in her upcoming bout against Rose Namajunas, as the pair get set to blows in the UFC flyweight division this weekend.”

VI. The Fighters and Their Journey

  • Fighter Nicknames
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  • Information about where and how fighters prepared for the event.

Rose “Thug Rose” Namajunas​

Rose Namajunas' nickname, "Thug Rose," might seem like a juxtaposition at first glance. However, it stems from her upbringing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Namajunas has spoken about experiencing a rough childhood, and the "Thug" part of the nickname reflects her character as the only girl, yet she’s more brutal than the other guys.

She trains without her former coach, Trevor Wittman, who has hinted at working with a new coaching team. The focus is refining her physique and routine and developing new strategies to counter aggressive opponents like Ribas.
Rose “Thug Rose” Namajunas

Amanda Ribas​

Though Ribas has no nickname, she sharpens her takedown entries and submission grappling skills while maintaining her striking prowess, which will be crucial against a dangerous striker like Namajunas.

Ribas has reportedly trained at her longtime gym, Chute Boxe Diego Sanchez, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Chute Boxe is known for emphasizing a well-rounded skillset, focusing on striking, takedowns, and submission grappling - a perfect fit for Ribas' desire for balance in her fighting style.

Amanda Ribas

Weigh-In Results and Fighter Condition​

Amanda Ribas (125.5 lbs) and Rose Namajunas (125.5 lbs) successfully hit the flyweight limit. We can expect a fight without size or weight advantage for either competitor. The fact that both fighters could gain weight successfully suggests they've gone through their weight cuts effectively and should be well-rehydrated on fight night.

There haven't been any major reports of injuries or medical concerns surrounding Ribas or Namajunas leading up to the fight. Fans can expect both fighters to be healthy and ready to compete.

Behind the Scenes​

As the event will occur in Las Vegas, Nevada, the NSAC is the primary regulatory body overseeing the fight. The NSAC ensures fighters meet strict medical requirements, enforces weight limits, and assigns qualified referees and judges to ensure fair competition.

The Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (UMMA) is a universal rule set adopted by most major MMA organizations, including the UFC. It dictates legal strikes, fight stoppages, and judging criteria.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) establishes and enforces anti-doping regulations in Olympic and professional sports, including MMA. It helps maintain a level playing field and protect the health of fighters.

Venmo, a mobile payment service, has partnered with the UFC as the official payment partner for this event. This partnership likely involves branding and in-event promotions. Cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com has signed a multi-year global partnership deal with the UFC.

Fight Night Implications​

After a challenging run at strawweight, Namajunas' move to flyweight is a pivotal decision. A win over Ribas would be a significant step towards flyweight title contention and a chance to reclaim her championship form. Conversely, a loss could force Namajunas to re-evaluate her weight class and return to strawweight.

A win might lead to a fight with a top-ranked flyweight like Taila Santos or Jessica Andrade. A loss could see her matched up against a rising prospect or a fellow gatekeeper in the flyweight division.

Ribas’ win over a former champion like Namajunas would skyrocket Ribas into the flyweight division's elite. She could find herself challenging the top contenders or soon receiving a title shot. A loss, although disappointing, wouldn't be a career-ender for Ribas. However, it could put her on hold, requiring her to work her way back up the rankings against other talented flyweights.

A victory could propel Ribas toward a title eliminator bout against Valentina Shevchenko or Lauren Murphy. A loss might necessitate a fight against another ranked contender like Jessica Andrade or Manon Fiorot.

Viewing Information​

The main card, including the Namajunas vs. Ribas bout, will be broadcast live on ESPN in the United States. ESPN+ (English and Spanish) will also stream the entire event, including preliminary fights and the main card with a subscription.

The event might be streamed live in some international regions on UFC Fight Pass. Availability and pricing for UFC Fight Pass vary by location. Broadcast times will also vary depending on location. Fans can check the UFC website or app for the specific broadcast times in different regions.

Social Media and Public Opinion​

Social media is buzzing with predictions about the fight. Fans analyze the contrasting styles of Namajunas' striking and Ribas' grappling, with some predicting a striking showcase and others favoring a grappling-heavy fight.

With the hashtag #UFCVegas89, posts acknowledging Ribas' well-rounded skillset and her potential to challenge Namajunas are gaining traction. Fans of Namajunas also campaign for her to receive a title shot in the flyweight division.

Frequently Asked Questions​

What time does the UFC fight card start tonight?

UFC Fight Night: Ribas vs. Namajunas will start on March 24th at 10:00 AM GMT+8. On PST, March 23rd at 7:00 PM. On EST, March 23rd at 10:00 PM. However, broadcast times can vary depending on local television schedules.

Who is fighting in the main event of tonight's UFC card?

Tonight's UFC Fight Night main event features a flyweight showdown. In one corner, well-rounded Brazilian fighter Amanda Ribas is ready to showcase her aggressive grappling and improved striking. Facing her across the octagon is the former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. She hopes to reignite her career in this new division with her striking skills.

What are the betting odds for the main event of tonight's UFC?

Former two-time champion Rose Namajunas is favored with -210 odds in the upcoming battle, while Amanda Ribas enters as a decent-sized underdog. With suggested odds of -163, Namajunas is the clear favorite according to the experts (62%). So, with an expected chance of 37% or higher and odds of +170 or better, they advise betting on Amanda Ribas.
 
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