FIGHTER PROFILE: Miranda Maverick

UFC 258: Miranda Maverick eyeing Valentina Shevchenko
Maverick Getting her hands wrapped pre-fight. Photo Courtesy of Zuffa LLC.

One of MMA’s most promising fighters is UFC Flyweight, Miranda Maverick. Since joining the promotion the young grappler has compiled a 2-1 promotional record and will be making her return to the UFC Octagon at UFC 269 on Saturday night. Maverick will be facing Erin Blanchfield and she hopes to bring her promotional record 3-1 and hopefully not get robbed by the judges like in her last fight.

Maverick was born on July 1, 1997 in Tunas, Missouri. Maverick started out working on her family’s Farm and this instilled a hard work ethic for Maverick who started Grappling after encouragement from her father after watching Ronda Rousey. First she started Jiu Jitsu and then also competed in wrestling at the high school level. Maverick eventually figured out she wouldn’t be competing in wrestling in college and decided she would turn her sights to competing in MMA. Maverick decided that while school would be her main focus she could still compete in Martial arts. This led Maverick to get her bachelor’s degree in 2018 from Drury University where she majored in psychology and sociology.

Maverick made her amatuer MMA debut on August 29th 2015 against Jean King for Impact Elite Gym Fight Circus promotion. Maverick would bring home the win via Submission (Triangle Choke.) In her next fight she’d face Maddie Reid for the ShoFight promotion, she’d win by TKO (Punches.) She’d win her next two fights by Armbar the first against Stephanie Hull Young and the later against Jessica Sotack. Maverick would go on to fight Samantha Gilliland unfortunately for Maverick this would be her first and only loss of her amateur career. She’d win her two final amateur bouts before going pro she finished her amateur career with a 6-1 record.

Maverick would go pro on November 18, 2016 for the all female promotion, Invicta FC against Samantha Diaz. Maverick missed weight by 2 pounds but would win by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) Maverick would then go on to fight Kalyn Schwartz in March of 2017  she’d win by Submission (Armbar.) She’d then go on to face Gabby Romero which she’d win that fight too by Unanimous decision. She’d then get the first loss of her career when she faced Brogan Walker-Sanchez. Victoria Leonardo would be Maverick’s next opponent she’d win by Submission (Armbar.) She’d fight four more times before getting a contract with the UFC.

Maverick would make her UFC debut in October of 2020 where She’d face Liana Jojua.  Maverick would win via TKO (doctor stoppage.)  From there Maverick went on to face skilled grappeler Gillian Robertson,  Maverick would win by Decision. Next Maverick would face Maycee Barber in a three round bout. This fight would be the most controversial of her young career. Maverick would lose by split decision and definitely won the first two rounds but would drop the third round to Barber. The second round clearly was won by Maverick. But MMA fans know the adage “You shouldn’t leave the fight in the hands of the judges.”

Hopefully Maverick will bring home the win when she steps into the UFC Octagon. Hopefully she gets the finish and doesn’t get robbed by the judges again. No matter the outcome Maverick Is still the smartest fighter in UFC history Maverick is currently studying Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University in hopes of earning her PhD.

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