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We have a ranked battle in the Women’s Flyweight division, as former title challenger Jennifer Maia takes on Manon “The Beast” Fiorot. Having traded wins and losses for the past six fights, Maia will need to find some consistency, should she want to position herself for another crack at the title. Checking in at 4th in the rankings, it’s very possible that a string of two or three wins could do it. Meanwhile, Fiorot has taken the division by storm. A winner of eight straight, three of which have come inside the octagon, Fiorot looks ready to make the next step. One in which could catapult her into the top five should she win.

As for a prediction, I have Fiorot winning. There are times where the saying “The changing of the guards” makes sense. This would be one of them, as Fiorot brings forth a skillset worthy of giving even the Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko a tough fight. An excellent striker, with a prominent background in karate, kickboxing and Muay Thai, Fiorot has often made quick work of opponents. In fact, in her eight wins, she has stopped six foes via strikes. With good takedown and evolving grappling, it’s only a matter of time before Fiorot becomes the most feared women opposite of Valentina Shevchenko. First things first, defeat Maia. A well rounded fighter, who has shown comfortability in standing or grappling. However, the problem with Maia is that she is strong in any one area. A little slow in her approach, she can be defeated by those faster and stronger in their strength’s. Seeing that Fiorot fits that description, I’m in the belief that this will be a rough night for Maia. So with that said, I predict that Fiorot will win via TKO.

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