Brazilian MMA star Tabatha Ricci has gone viral ahead of her UFC Jacksonville fight against Gillian Robertson this Saturday.
The 28-year-old hasthe toughest opponent of her career to date, having scored a win over Jessica Penne at UFC 285 to earn herself a top 15 ranking in the strawweight division. And she’s now getting ready to take on the master of submissions in Robertson.
The video below shows her getting out of her clothes and then weighing in before facing off with the Canadian and has since gone viral on TikTok.
Tabatha should now be considered the next big UFC star, having since defeated Robertson via unanimous decision.
The Canadian boasts the record for the most submissions in UFC history with seven but she was presented with a different test when she squared off against Ricci this weekend.
Ricci, a judo and jiu-jitsu black belt, remains undefeated after four UFC strawweight fights, with her latest now against Robertson.
Prior to the bout, she told the MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast (H/T Yahoo Sports) she expected Gillian to go for takedowns as it’s her instinct to take the fight to the mat in any situation. However, Robertson had been beaten on the floor before, having come up short in a first-round armbar loss to Mayra Bueno Silva in 2018.
“I’m very confident,” Ricci declared. “She has a lot of submissions but I also have a background in jiu-jitsu and judo and I’m quite confident in my ground game. I’m ready for everything. One of my goals is to master in all techniques in MMA, to be a complete fighter.”
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