RotoWire Partners

Juliana Lima

35-Year-Old     UFC     strawweight     8-3-0

Birthdate:  March 15, 1982    Height:  5'5    Weight:  strawweight    

May 18, 2017    Juliana Lima News

▼ More

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Lima will face Amanda Ribas in a strawweight bout at TUF 25 Finale on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Lima has more experience than her opponent, Amanda Ribas, who is making her UFC debut. She is also 12 years older. Since joining the UFC in 2014, "Ju Thai" has gained a 3-2 record (9-3 MMA) with losses coming from formidable fighters Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Carla Esparza.

Juliana Lima: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Lima defeated J.J. Aldrich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 102 on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

It was widely assumed that Lima would be at a striking disadvantage against Aldrich, but the 34-year-old was able to get the better of her opponent with clean, hard shots, while also dominating with superior wrestling and grappling. While It's worth noting that Aldrich was a late replacement making her UFC debut, there is no denying that this was one of Lima's best performances in the Octagon. She has won three of her last four fights, moving her professional MMA record to 9-3 (3-2 in the UFC).
Lima lost to Carla Esparza via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 197 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

A complete inability to defend a takedown led to Lima's demise. You can actually make an argument that Lima deserved to win Round 1, she did more off of her back than Esparza did with her top position, but it's hard to win a 15-minute bout when you spend nearly 10 of those minutes on your back. Lima is very strong and a competent fighter, but it's unlikely that she will be cracking the top-10 of a deep UFC women's strawweight division anytime soon. Lima is now 2-2 in the UFC (although it must be noted that her first lost came against current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk)
Lima defeated Ericka Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Goiania, Brazil.

Fantasy Analysis

Lima looked good, but not dominant against an inferior opponent. She won the total strike battle by a count of 118-31 and she controlled the majority of the fight on the ground. Lima hasn't shown elite skills in her three UFC bouts, but she's so strong that she should have a chance against most any women's strawweight fighter.