Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at Dana White Contender Series winner Sarah Frota as she makes her promotion debut against Livia Renata Suarez at UFC on ESPN+ 2 in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Hometown: Goiania, Goias, Brazil
Weight Class: Women’s Flyweight
Camp: Astra Fight Team
Career Record: 9-0
Key Wins: None
Key Losses: None
The undefeated Brazilian enters the promotion undefeated at 9-0. In her last fight, she fought on the Dana White Contender Series winning by knockout in the opening round.
- Excellent left hand
- Really good hand speed
- Good footwork
- Capable of finding a submission off her back
- Hittable after she fatigues
- Can be taken to the mat rather easily
- Conditioning a real concern
Offensive Striking: B-
Striking Defense: D+
Knockout Power: B+
Athleticism / Speed: C-
Offensive Wrestling: D
Takedown Defense: D-
Overall Grade: D+
Matchup with Livia Renata Souza
In a battle of Brazilian strawweights, former Invicta champion Livia Renata Souza takes on newcomer Sarah Frota. The newcomer will be dangerous in the opening moments of the fight as she possesses a very good overhand left. Beyond that, this is Souza’s fight to lose. Souza is a physical fighter and has a good offensive wrestling game. Souza is the stronger fighter and I don’t expect her to have much of an issue getting Frota to the mat. Even if Frota threatens with submissions, Souza is way too polished on the mat to be troubled in this bout. Look for Souza to control this fight from beginning to end to win by submission or wide decision. Souza is one of the better parlay pieces on the card at -220.
Sarah Frota is an intriguing stand up fighter with a dangerous left hand, but has too many holes in her game to be a real threat to the top 10 of the strawweight division. Her conditioning needs to improve if she’s to be dangerous beyond the first round of her fights.
Check out Sarah Frota in some of her most recent fights:
Sarah Frota vs. Maiara Amanjas
Sarah Frota vs. Tatiane Couto