I know most of you WMMA fans hated that UFC was off last week but you still got some sweeeeeeet chick-on-chick fight action when Invicta put on a thrilling 5-fight card that featured 4 decisions! That's what I'm talking about: More minutes of epic brawling without having to wait forever for the next fight after a fighter gets a 1st Round finish.
Well, UFC is back this week with a heapin' helpin' of ladies, and if you're looking for more decisions (we all are, admit it) this might not be quite the card for you. Some of these gals actually finish more than 50% of their fights! Check it out:
- Two former champs - Andrade and Namajunas - are set to throw down in a Main Card rematch of their 2019 title fight. They bring finishing rates of 70% and 76%, which is not far from Rousey's rate back when she was arm-barring chicks who made the mistake of thinking they could fight. This should be a legit great fight if both of them have their head in the game. Rose is a -220 favorite here.
- Paige VanZant returns for her 8th Main Card fight in 9 UFC fights to take on #14 Amanda Ribas. Believe it or not, even though this fight would merit a spot in the prelims in a normal year, it has some potential. Paige finishes 63% of her wins and Amanda finishes 60%. Although some of Paige's 5 UFC wins have come against marginal competition (Ostovich, Rawlings, Chambers), she's a scrapper and she's had finishes in 4 of her last 5 wins. Ribas has finished 3 of her last 5 wins. Ribas is a massive -750 favorite.
- In the prelims, Vanessa Melo goes up against Karol Rosa. I had to look them up to figure out who they are. Melo missed weight badly, coming in at 141 for a 135-pound fight. Combine that with her 0-2 UFC record and I'd say another loss will mean she's heading back to the minors for some seasoning. Melo is a +210 underdog. After she coughs up a chunk of her fight pay to Rosa, this might be a trip to Fight Island she won't look back on fondly.
As Ric Flair would say: "WMMA: You might not like it, but you will learn to love it."