UFC Fight Night 56 fighter Juliana Lima made her UFC debut at the event, and scored a unanimous decision win over Nina Ansaroff.
While most fighters would be celebrating their win, Lima admits she sees room for improvement going forward.
“I wish I had the chance to move more, but the adrenaline of fighting for the UFC in your home state consumed some of my gas. As my coach says, you only saw 30 or 40 percent of what I can do. I’m only getting better, and you will see the real ‘Ju Thai’ in my next fight.”
“I had trouble cutting weight for my first UFC bout. They offered me the fight with one month’s notice, and I was at 137 pounds. I had weeks to cut weight, and that was the first time I had to dehydrate, so my body felt that. I was stronger and faster tonight.”
Despite weight cut problems, Lima was honored to fight in front of her hometown crowd in Brazil.
“It’s great to fight at home, feel the energy of the crowd,. It was a matter of honor to me. You can’t beat me in my home state.”
“There’s no easy fight in the UFC. From the moment you get in there to fight someone, you know it’s a tough fight. The UFC gave me two tough fights, and that’s great because it means they see me as a tough fighter. Bring me more.”