Extra than simply successful, a MMA fighter should impress Dana White to safe a contract with the UFC at his Contender Sequence program. For Gloria de Paula, the purpose stays the identical as she makes her UFC debut Saturday.
Booked towards former Invicta FC atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey in a strawweight contest at UFC Vegas 21, which matches down March 13 on the UFC APEX, “Glorinha” brings the precise mindset that led her to a choice victory over Pauline Macias at DWCS this previous November.
“In my thoughts, I wanna get in there and impress Dana once more,” de Paula mentioned in an interview with MMA Preventing. “That’s what I plan on doing in all of my fights. The one distinction [from the Macias fight] is that I’m already underneath contract [laughs].”
Frey made a reputation for herself as a 105-pounder exterior the UFC between 2013 and 2020, competing for belts in a number of organizations world wide, however hasn’t discovered the identical degree of success contained in the octagon. With Frey down Zero-2 underneath the brilliant lights of the UFC, dropping to Kay Hansen and Loma Lookboonmee, de Paula expects many benefits when she enters the octagon.
“I feel she’s coming for all-or-nothing and that may give her a lift, but in addition would possibly open some holes so I can impose my sport,” mentioned the Chute Boxe fighter. “However I’m anticipating the perfect model of her so we will placed on a present Saturday. I see myself having benefits in lots of areas, specifically strength-wise, as a result of she’s from the atomweight division.
“I all the time purpose for a hanging battle, which is what I like essentially the most, however I’m prepared for all areas. I haven’t modified my technique for this combat. I’m targeted on what I do finest and we’re going for struggle in there. I’ll go for the knockout always.”
“Glorinha” scored three of her 5 skilled MMA wins by knockout, and goals to make Frey No. four Saturday.
“I’m very assured,” she mentioned. “I’m prepared for any scenario, I’ve cardio for 3 rounds if wanted be, and I’m going there to win by any means mandatory. [But] I’m moving into there very aggressive to get the knockout.”