Sarah Moras the first MMA Canadian to kick off 2021

Vanessa Melo of Brazil (left) and Sarah Moras (right). (Courtesy of WMMA Rankings.)

Fight Island 7 returns to UFC on Jan. 16. UFC has been hosting events in Abu Dhabi, Dubai since March 2020 as COVID-19 pandemic restricted big gatherings of people across the globe, shutting down entertainment and sports events. 

Since lockdown, MMA athletes have been competing in silent arenas with only their teams in the background. The absence of spectators has benefitted many athletes who struggle under the pressure of cheering; however, those who thrive under the spotlight are missing their favourite fans who show up to every hosted UFC event. 

Fighting out of Kelowna, B.C., Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras takes to the octagon Saturday to fight against Brazilian martial artist, Vanessa Melo. The fight was originally scheduled for Nov. 7, 2020 but was rescheduled due to Moras’ injury. Moras now holds the stats of six wins, seven losses, and zero draws in the Bantamweight division at 136.0lbs. 

After her last fight with Sijara Eubanks, the two athletes ended with a heated fight. Moras lost due to a unanimous decision and is aiming to show that she is “a well-rounded fighter” as sourced by the UFC. Moras has taken 3/6 wins by KO and 2/6 by submission. Her skills have led to various successes in her career. 5/6 losses were by decision such as her recent fight with Eubanks who is ranked #14 in the Bantamweight division.

It will be interesting to see the development of power and strength in the strikes of Moras this upcoming fight to takedown Melo. Moras has struggled to train for the past fights due to the pandemic conditions but has never shied away from a challenge. She claims that she is enjoying the process of building a career in MMA as she transitioned from various training campgrounds to land in the United States as cited by UFC. Moras’ well-rounded abilities to not only strike but submit gives her the upper hand at Fight Island 7 against Melo, who chooses to strike from a distance but has a strong striking and takedown defence.  

Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC; courtesy of UFC

Moras should take advantage of the gaps in Melo’s strategy and get creative on her feet. Moras has a record for KOs and we would like to see her land some heavy elbows, hooks, and face strikes. 

The Sports Chat Place betting odds for this fight are -245 for Moras and +205 for Melo. We agree with the odds due to both fighters past experiences in the octagon. Melo has rarely pitted up against veterans in the UFC and has recently held three consecutive losses in the past fights. Moras has the options to wrestle and grapple with her opponent on Saturday if she cannot find the openings for heavy right hands. 

Alongside two other women, Wu Yanan Wu and Joselyne Edwards, Moras and Melo are set to fight at 12 p.m. EST this Saturday, Jan. 16.

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