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The goal of Ariane Lipski is to impose her game

Ariane lipski

Ariane Lipski will be the first to admit that her UFC career hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses thus far.

The 29-year-old flyweight is yet to fully develop into the fighter she knows she can be because she has had trouble finding her footing in the Octagon, going 4-5 overall.

In her sole fight of 2022, Lipski lost by knockout, and she took a break to reflect on the setback.

After that outcome, Lipski admitted, “it wasn’t easy to come back.” But as soon as I made it home, my mental fortitude improved significantly. I put a lot of effort into my training and was really focused on performing well.

She returned to the Octagon earlier this year, defeating JJ Aldrich, and displayed flashes of that warrior.

In contrast to Aldrich, Lipski was sharp, assertive, and successful throughout the entire match. She punished Aldrich for attempting to take the bout to the ground by using a variety of striking methods. It was her most complete performance in the Octagon to date, despite the fact that she was unable to submit Aldrich on the road to a unanimous decision victory.

When Lipski competes against fellow Brazilian Melissa Gatto this weekend at UFC Fight Night: Strickland versus Magomedov, she hopes to build on that success.

I want to demonstrate how far I’ve come,” she remarked. “As an athlete, my goal is to demonstrate the advancements I’ve made in all areas, including cognitively, technically, physically, on my feet, and on the ground.

“I want to perform and pursue the victory from beginning to end.”

Given that Gatto’s lone career defeat came at the hands of rated flyweight Tracy Cortez, putting together a convincing victory against Gatto this weekend would be impressive.

Lipski anticipates that Gatto will bring top-notch jiu jitsu to their match, so she understands that defeating her will be difficult. She is certain that she is ready to perform at the UFC APEX and that she has prepared for all that Gatto would bring to the table.

“I have to go there and impose my game,” Lipski declared. “With two fighters who advance, you can expect a great fight,” the author said.

Preparation for this bout included training with Amanda Nunes, a former UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion. While Lipski prepared for her fight with Gatto at American Top Team and Nunes trained for her final fight at UFC 288, Nunes trained at the Lioness Studio.

Being in the same fight cycle as Nunes motivated Lipski and served as a daily inspiration for her to want to be better.

Lipski remarked, “She was always there to help me and was always trying to help.” She always assisted me with certain details whenever I was on the mat. It was incredible to be there and watch her train even though we wrestled together. That was extremely significant.

Lipski will never forget watching Nunes write the final page of her fairytale career, and the fact that she was present for the experience motivates her even more to perform at her very best against Gatto.

Lipski declared, “I’ll give it my all to obtain this win.

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