Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jungle Fight champ Ericka Almeida to face Juliana Lima on May 30 UFC show

Juliana Lima, Ericka Almeida
When Jessica Penne was moved to the UFC Berlin show to get a shot at Joanna Jedrzejczyk's UFC Strawweight Championship, Juliana Lima needed a new opponent for her fight on the May 30 Goiania, Brazil show. The Brazilian TV network Globo reported yesterday that Jungle Fight 115lb champ Ericka Almeida has stepped in on short notice. She's pretty good for a short notice fill in. Ericka is from Sao Paulo. Her record is 7-0 and has finished all her fights. She beat Jennifer Gonzalez last month. I watched a couple of her fights and she is very aggressive. Normally, the UFC would be a step up for a newcomer. But I don't think Juliana is any better than fighters who have already lost to Ericka. When the UFC bought Juliana's contract from Invicta, I thought they made a mistake. She has a 1-1 record in the UFC. She lost to Joanna and then beat Nina Ansaroff using a lay and pray strategy that made both fighters look bad. So I don't think Juliana is a UFC caliber fighter and Ericka could be a tougher opponent than Jessica. And it looks like Ericka likes to finish fights. I like that.

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