2019 will officially mark the beginning of the “Violence Queen” Ariane Lipski’s career in the UFC.
Brazil’s Lipski is the former flyweight champion of Poland’s KSW. With an impressive 11-3 record, Lipski has shown that she’s a top 10 worldwide talent in her division and will continue to try and do so this Saturday night at UFC Brooklyn.
Welcoming Lipski to the Octagon will be one of Scotland’s finest in Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood who will hope to snap the former KSW champ’s dominant and exciting nine-fight winning streak. Thus putting her back onto a streak of her own.
Originally, the Brazilian was supposed to be making her UFC debut a few months earlier as a replacement for Veronica Macedo against Maryna Moroz at UFC Argentina in November 2018.
However, an injury to Moroz would lead to a bigger and better debut opportunity as Ariane Lipski now finds herself matched with a higher profile opponent with a number next to their name. Oh, the fight will also be airing on ESPN TV.
In preparation for the big debut, the Violence Queen hasn’t been messing around. Having trained the first portion of her camp in Curitiba, she would move the second half to Kings MMA before getting some time in with one of her inspirations, the great Cris Cyborg.
The 24-year old Lipski’s admiration for the former longtime featherweight ruler reflects in her exciting fighting style. She’s a nasty Muay Thai striker with the ability to fight on the ground if required. But fighting in lengthy technical wars isn’t out of her capabilities either as evidenced by her final KSW title defense against Silvana Juarez Gomez.
Lipski vs Calderwood has all the potential to be the show stealer at UFC Brooklyn. Regardless of the outcome, Lipski’s addition to the roster is huge for the division.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/14/2019