UFC Fight Night in Brooklyn this weekend will have some interesting story lines, but one that stands out is the debut of one of the most exciting female athletes to join the UFC in a long time, Ariane Lipski.
Brazilian star Lipski will make her octagon debut against Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood in a women’s flyweight bout that may well help decide the next top contender to face newly-crowned world champion Valentina Shevchenko later this year.
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While many Brazilian athletes arrive in the UFC with a background in the national martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Lipski is a thoroughbred striker who has finished six of her 11 wins by KO or TKO.
“I’m one of the strongest women in the division,” she explained.
“You don’t really see a lot of athletes with as many consecutive knockouts as me.
“I know I hit hard and that I am explosive, so I believe I’m one of the best strikers in the UFC.”
She’ll be looking to prove that against another gritty striker in Calderwood, who also prefers to stand and trade strikes in her fights.
Lipski has been a champion already.
Lipski was the dominant women’s flyweight champion for Polish MMA promotion KSW, and fought in front of packed crowds of passionate European fans.
Lipski captured the title in May 2017 and defended it twice before receiving her call-up to the UFC.
Now she’s a part of the biggest MMA organization in the world, and she’s targeting championship gold once again.
“I’ve already fought in front of a big audience. I’ve already gotten a title and I’ve had some title defenses,” she explained.
“So now we’re in the UFC and our goal is to get the belt and become the champion.”
Let’s see how she fares this weekend.
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