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This is a toss-up, as I expect this fight to be back-and-forth regardless of whether one has an advantage over the other. Amanda Ribas is a well rounded fighter, who is exceptionally strong and has taken down her opponent at least once in each of her five UFC fights. While Ribas may have faltered in her last go around, it was mostly due to a failed gameplan that saw the Brazilian stand with a dangerous striker in Marina Rodriguez. The good news however for Ribas, is that Virna Jandiroba has only one knockout victory to her name. The bad news is, Jandiroba’s striking is coming along and her grappling may give Ribas fits.

As for a prediction, I’m going Jandiroba. I know that Ribas has fought and defeated a better grappler in Mackenzie Dern. However, Dern doesn’t do a great job at setting up takedowns, which is backed up by a mere 10% takedown accuracy. On the other hand, Jandiroba is much more effective, taking down her opponents at a 53% accuracy. Given Ribas has yet to face anyone who’s willing to constantly work for a takedown and grind on you, I’d say I’m willing to bet she might struggle. So with all that said, give me Jandiroba to mix in her striking and takedowns in a decision victory.

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