As the only UFC fighter who learned jiu-jitsu on a faraway farm and is studying for a PhD in industrial psychology, Miranda Maverick is a rising star with a unique story. Now she is targeting Gillian Robertson at UFC 260 tonight.
As a youngster, Maverick’s father told her that she would be a champion, having watched her initially visit an MMA gym to learn self-defense before deciding to pursue the sport.
The family moved around the south and mid-west of the US during her youth, and her burgeoning desire to fight – partly inspired by Ronda Rousey – was helped by the physical demands of her upbringing.
“My dad and my siblings and I used to rough-house a lot when I was little, and it focused around us watching UFC fights and my dad learning jiu-jitsu from that and YouTube,” the 23-year-old told Red and Blue MMA ahead of her scrap with Robertson on the undercard of Francis Ngannou’s scrap with Stipe Miocic.
GILLIAN ROBERTSON VS MIRANDA MAVERICK FACTS
When is UFC 260? Sunday 28th March, 2021 – 00:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC 260? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)
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What channel is UFC 260 on? BT Sport 2
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Gillian Robertson (9-5) remains as active as ever and she would love to get another three fights in this year like she did in 2019 and 2020. In each year she started with two wins but lost the third. In 2019, she submitted Veronica Macedo and TKO’d Sarah Frota but got mauled and finished by Maycee Barber. She then submitted Cortney Casey and outpointed Poliana Botelho but she is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Taila Santos in December.
Miranda Maverick (8-2) is riding a decent four-fight winning streak and is coming off an odd but successful UFC debut. After submitting Heather Walker-Leahy for Shogun Fights and then submitting DeAnna Bennett and outpointing Pearl Gonzalez for Invicta she met Liana Jojua for her debut back in October. She was looking great on the feet before landing a beautiful elbow up the middle which caused a serious gash to Jojua’s nose forcing the doctor to call an end to the fight.
GILLIAN ROBERTSON VS MIRANDA MAVERICK PREDICTION
The worrying sign for Robertson is that all her losses have come to superior grapplers and Maverick is a strong wrestler with a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Robertson is a black belt herself but when her opponents are good enough to stifle her submission attacks, she struggles.
Maverick will also have a clear advantage on the feet so if she can use her grappling skills to keep the fight where she wants it, we back her to win a decision with her damage and output on the feet convincing the judges. However, Robertson will be relentless with her takedown attempts so you cannot count her out.