Hey, Jennifer Maia, welcome to the UFC. Here is the former title challenger Liz Carmouche. Oh, come on short? How about the former title challenger Alexis Davis, then?
This is the way that former flyweight champion Invicta FC has faced in the UFC so far, but Brazilian Maia insists that she is okay with her journey to date.
"I've always let things happen the way they should," Maia told MMA Junkie in her native Portuguese. "I've always been happy with every opponent I've had, since after every difficult fight against a worthy opponent, my recognition of the name has increased significantly, and I've learned a lot with every defeat.
"In combat, you win or you learn. My UFC debut was a loss. But I feel I have learned a lot from facing a great and experienced opponent. It will be a great help going on."
Carmouche welcomed Maia at the UFC last July and immediately handed her a loss of decision. Now Maia (15-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) gets her redemption shot against Davis (19-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at Saturday's UFC on ESPN + 6, which takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn The entire event runs on ESPN +.
In reality it is an even tougher challenge than his debut, if you go from the latest US TODAY Sports / MMA Junkie MMA rankings, with Carmouche sitting at number 9 and Davis at number 8.
Obviously, Maia is not without point 10 and said she is excited to make another attempt.
"Alexis Davis is very experienced," Maia said. "I am ready, and will continue to work to be even more ready, so I can be victorious in this fight.
"Since the UFC has only hard fights, no matter who I am facing, I prepare myself in every aspect of the sport. It will be difficult. But I will try to defeat it in every possible way."
Member of the famous Chute Boxe Academy of Brazil, Maia's surprising surprise will certainly not be a problem, but she knows that Davis' all-round approach will push her to the limit in all aspects of the struggle. However, after a disappointing debut in the UFC which saw a winning series of six fights, Maia believes it is time to make its mark in the octagon.
"I take a fight at a time," said Maia. "I will do everything in my power to bring this victory back to Brazil and put on a show for the fans."
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