Strawweight Tabatha Ricci scored her first end within the Octagon simply final Saturday. Paired up towards veteran Jessica Penne, ‘Child Shark’ locked in a decent armbar within the second spherical of their combat within the preliminary portion of UFC 285. With the win, the Brazilian hopes to enter the division’s rankings.
In an interview with Ag Fight, Tabatha revealed that her intention was to change into a high 15 fighter final 12 months, however moved the objective to 2023. Moreover, Ricci despatched a message to the remainder of the division, claiming she is able to tackle and end anyone the UFC pairs her up towards.
“I hope I can be a part of the rankings after this win, however I can’t management that. It was one among my objectives for final 12 months, however I couldn’t obtain it. I would like let everybody know that the Child Shark period has begun. I can’t wait to return and be ranked quickly. I don’t have anybody in thoughts but, however I consider in my crew and within the UFC. No matter they suppose is finest for me, I’ll belief it. I’m able to combat at any second. That’s my lifestyle. I like what I do and I’m simply ready. You may count on extra from the Child Shark. Smelling blood, dragging everybody to the ocean and ending them.”
Presently on a three-fight successful streak, Ricci (8-1) scored unanimous determination wins over Polyana Viana and Maria Oliveira earlier than submitting Penne. The 28-year-old’s sole loss occurred in her Octagon debut, when she received TKO’d by Manon Fiorot in June 2021.