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Following her impressive
Ultimate Fighting Championship debut, Amanda
Ribas will take on fellow prospect Mackenzie
Dern in her next outing. Dern, who is returning from a
maternity leave, still sports an undefeated MMA record and is
looking to pick up right where she left off. As the two
strawweights prepare to step inside the Octagon for
UFC Fight Night 161, here are some numbers that might just
define their matchup.
Dern’s upcoming bout will mark her third foray into the Octagon.
She debuted in the UFC with a unanimous decision victory over
Yoder at UFC 222 held on March 3, 2018, and then followed that
up by submitting Amanda
Bobby Cooper just two months later at UFC 224. Like Dern, Ribas
is also undefeated in the UFC, having won her debut against
Whitmire at UFC on ESPN 3, which took place on June 29.
UFC debut performance
In her UFC debut, Dern was tested by Ashley
Yoder. While there were occasions when she looked outmatched on
the feet, Dern still landed more significant strikes with 70 to
Yoder’s 52. She was also able to take her opponent to the ground
once, something Yoder wasn’t able to do. In the end, Dern was
awarded the split decision victory.
Ribas didn’t need three full rounds to make her first UFC bout
count. At 2:10 of Round 2, she managed to sink in the rear-naked
choke that ended the night early for Whitmire. Before that, she had
landed 21 significant strikes and two takedowns compared to
Whitmire’s seven and zero.
Wins by knockout
The more dynamic fighter between the two, Ribas carries three
triumphs via KO or TKO. She’s also been knocked out once, by
Viana, whom she met at Jungle Fight 83. Meanwhile, Dern has yet
to stop anyone by knockout.
Ribas has gone three full rounds only once in her eight-fight
career. The result was a victory over Aline
Sattelmayer at Jungle Fight 76. Meanwhile, Dern has heard the
final bell three times – against Yoder, Katherine
Roy and Kenia Rosas
– and on all three occasions she had her hand raised.
Both Ribas and Dern have a knack for finishing fights early, with
the former having four stoppages in the first round and the latter
having three. Interestingly, Ribas’ lone defeat, dealt by Viana,
also happened in the first round.