UFC ON ABC 5: Ribas vs Barber 06/24/2023 – Amanda Ribas and Maycee Barber lock horns in the main supporting bout of the UFC on ABC 5 on Saturday, June 24, at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The clash is in the women’s flyweight category wherein both fighters are in the Top 15. A victory by either fighter will boost their rankings in the 125-pound class as Ribas is ranked ninth while Barber is two ranks lower. The Brazilian is coming off a unanimous decision win over Viviane Araujo in her last fight in March while the American looks to stretch her four-fight winning streak and push herself up the flyweight rankings. MMA fight odds are already updated and see Ribas as a slight favorite in the three-round clash that would possibly steal the show due to its importance.
UFC ON ABC 5: Ribas vs Barber 06/24/2023
|When:||Saturday, June 24, 3:00 PM ET|
|Where:||VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, USA|
|TV:||ABC, ESPN+ (US); BT Sport 1 (UK)|
|Stream:||ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass|
UFC ON ABC 5: Ribas vs Barber 06/24/2023 Odds
Ribas (11-3, 6-2 UFC) started like a house on fire upon her debut in the UFC in June 2019 by winning four consecutive fights. She dispatched Emily Whitmire, Mackenzie Dern, Randa Markos and Paige VanZant in convincing fashion to become one of the most talked about rising stars in the promotion that time. However, she bumped into a brick wall against Marina Rodriguez, who knocked her out in the second round. She would bounce back against Virna Jandiroba in her next fight but fell to Katlyn Chookagian via split decision in May 2022.
She was given another opportunity 10 months later against Viviane Araujo where she stamped her class and won via unanimous decision. Ribas has stopped six of her opponents, with four coming by the submission variety. She has decisioned five fighters, meaning that she has the cardio to endure a 15-minute encounter and has the skills to dominate her foe.
Ribas has landed 4.8 strikes per minute and absorbed an average of 2.65 strikes/minute. She has landed 42% of her significant strikes and defended 69% of the attempts against her. Her takedown average is 2.16 per 15 minutes and her takedown defense percentage is 88%. Her takedown accuracy is 52% and her submission average is one in every 15 minutes.
Barber (12-2, 7-2 UFC) has been able to put up an excellent performance in the UFC since debuting in November 2018. The American won her first three bouts before succumbing to two Roxanne Modafferi and Alexa Grasso in successive fashion between January 2020 and February 2021. She was able to bounce back with a win over over Miranda Maverick and that began another streak where she won four straight matches. After her win over Maverick, she strung up unanimous decision victories over Montana de la Rosa and Jessica Eye before getting another split decision triumph over Andrea Lee in March this year. Barber comes back three months later against Ribas as she aims for her fifth straight win and a possible rankings rise if she emerges victorious in the fight.
Stats-wise, Barber has strung up seven stoppage wins (five knockouts and two submissions) and five decisions. This means that she can endure the punishment of her opponents and at the same time find ways to earn a victory whether by KO, submission or decision. She has never been stopped in 14 fights as she was able to last the distance. Barber has landed an average of 4.27 significant strikes per minute and absorbed 2.63. Her significant strike rate is 51% and her defense against opponent’s strikes is 54%. In terms of grappling, the American has a takedown accuracy rate of 37% at an average of 1.23 takedowns per 15 minutes. Her takedown defense is a bit pedestrian at 47% and her submission average is just 0.12 per 15 minutes.
Ribas vs Barber Betting Numbers
|Win by KO/TKO||18%||42%|
|Win by Submission||36%||17%|
|Strikes landed per minute||N/A||8.03|
|Striking absorbed per minute||N/A||4.03|
Ribas vs Barber Betting Picks
UFC betting trends give Ribas the slight edge in this encounter as she has wins over marquee fighters like Dern, Markos, VanZant and Araujo. Although Barber has defeated quality foes of her own, the Brazilian has been able to step up big time and emerge victorious in high-caliber fights. Barber needs to dictate the fight’s tempo to gain a good chance of winning. The fight might end in a decision as both fighters have the cardio to endure long bouts and inflict punishment at each other. Ribas and Barber are determined to win the showdown to secure a possible crack at the world title.