Three Prospects To Step In And Fight Maryna Moroz At UFC 220
January 20, 2018 the UFC lands in Boston, Mass., for UFC 220. The event had a women’s strawweight bout scheduled between Jamie Moyle and Maryna Moroz. According to James Lynch (@LynchOnSports), Moyle has pulled out due to injury. The show must go on. While the odds of Maryna Moroz getting an opponent on three days notice are slim, here are three possible prospects who can step up:
Mizuki Inoue (12-4)
Inoue is a top notch fighter that holds wins over two UFC fighters in Alex Chambers and Bec Rawlings, and a notable win over Emi Fujino. Of the four losses on her record, one is to Invicta atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki, and two are to UFC fighters in Alexa Grasso, and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Inoue has a background in karate, grappling, shoot boxing, and kickboxing, with an MMA record of 11-2. A very well rounded athlete, Inoue is one of the better WMMA fighters outside of the UFC and it would be well deserved to finally get the call-up. She did miss the whole 2017 but was scheduled to fight last month but pulled out due to injury so if the 24-year-old is healthy she has a good chance here.
Janaisa Morandin (10-1)
Morandin’s only loss is to UFC fighter Livia Renata Souza, Morandin would be an excellent signing for the promotion. She has the style that would impress many fans first tuning in to watch her compete, as her aggressive style and relentless pace pushes her above the rest. Morandin may have competed at atomweight in the past, but even at strawweight, she will be able to out-muscle natural 115-pound women. Morandin is only 23-years-old so she has still yet reached even half her potential, and that’s scary as she’s already so talented.
Virna Jandiroba (12-0)
Jandiroba is a high-level jiu-jitsu black belt with nine submission-finishes in 11 wins. Jandiroba has wins over two former UFC fighters in Lisa Ellis and Ericka Almeida. With a good submission base, Jandiroba has very solid wrestling to compliment her style. She gets inside in the clinch well moving towards getting her hands together and dumping her opponents to the mat. She hasn’t had a problem getting the fight to the mat yet, and she’s been nothing short of dominant once the fight hits the ground. Jandiroba made her US debut for Invicta FC 26 just last month and it was hard to get her visa so that could stop her from getting this fight, but she would be a huge pick-up.