A long year out of action for Brazilian native Luana Carolina closes in as “Dread” prepares to return on July 18th to take on fellow countrywomen Ariane Lipski on none other than Fight Island. The two Flyweights take a main card slot on a Fight Night headlined by Deiveson Figuerido and Joseph Benavidez.
Luana Carolina burst on to our scene after being presented the opportunity to compete on ‘Dana White’s Contender Series’ after assembling a four-fight win streak. The Brazilian cruised her way to a victory and a spot on the roster by defeating fellow Brazilian Mabelly Lima.
It’s been a prolonged spell out of competitive action for Luana Carolina due to injuries and numerous cancelled bouts. Carolina’s last outing in the UFC occurred on May 11, 2019 in her home country while securing a unanimous decision win over Priscila Cachoeira.
Carolina (6-1) comes into the bout full of confidence and a 6-fight winning streak behind her despite the time away.
Lipski (12-5) had a tough start to her career inside the UFC. She entered the promotion on a 9 fight winning streak with 7 of those being by finish but was quickly reminded of the level she’s now competing at.
The debut of the ‘Violence Queen’ came at UFC Fight Night 143 when met with high-flying Scot Joanne Calderwood. Just five months later, Lipski stepped inside the cage with Liverpool’s Molly McCann making it two unanimous decision losses on the bounce. The first UFC victory came at the back end of 2019 when victorious over Isabela de Padua.
How has training been in preparation for your matchup against Ariane Lipski and when did the opportunity present itself for you to compete on Yas Island?
Carolina – “This fight was supposed to have happened in May in San Diego but because of the current global pandemic, it was unfortunately postponed. So when the UFC announced that it would happen in Abu Dhabi on the Island, I was thrilled to fight in such a historic place.”
You’ve been out of action for over a year now. Has your time away from the cage benefited you in any way?
Carolina – “I was out because of an injury, but now, I have fully recovered. I’m training hard every day and working on my game in all areas.”
With the long period away from competition. Has it allowed you to add more to your arsenal? What can we expect to see from you come July 18th?
Carolina – “The time away helps training more and getting better always. I’ve improved in my grappling and I’m expecting a great fight.”
Have you had time to study the game of Lipski? How do you view her as an opponent and where do you see her biggest threat?
Carolina – “I already followed Lipski. Always watched her fights when supporting the MMA females of Brazil. She’s a striker like me. A fight is a fight. I’m going to go out there and have a great fight.”
Have you ever crossed paths with Lipski before on the regional scene in Brazil? A lot of fighters from the same country are sometimes familiar with each other then end up meeting on the biggest stage.
Carolina – “We have never met. It’ll be the first time.”
You proved in your last outing you deserve to be on the biggest stage. Are you looking to compete again this year if you stay injury-free and do you have any names in mind?
Carolina – “I always want to fight and compete. I am in no hurry, my focus is on the fight on the 18th. After that holding and going back more and more within the event until I reach the top 15.
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