Miranda Maverick

Miranda Rachelle Maverick[1] (born July 1, 1997) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She competed in Flyweight division of the Invicta Fighting Championships (Invicta).

Miranda Maverick
BornMiranda Rachelle Maverick[1]
(1997-07-01) July 1, 1997 (age 25)
Tunas, Missouri, United States
Other namesFear The[2]
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Reach65 in (165 cm)
Fighting out ofNorfolk, Virginia United States [2]
TeamThe House of Muay Thai (2018–2021)[3]
Semerzier BJJ[4]
Team Elevation (2021–present)[5]
TrainerJake Chamberlain, Mackens Semerzier[4]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[6]
Years active2016–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission6
By decision3
By decision4
UniversityOld Dominion University[7]
Drury University[7]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Maverick was born in Tunas, Missouri, United States.[7] She grew up working on her family farm moving around many states in the Midwest and Southern United States, earning her the strength that she is known for within the martial arts community.[7] She started grappling when she was sixteen after encouragement by her father while watching Ronda Rousey fight on the television.[7] She also joined her high school wrestling team in Buffalo, Missouri her senior year and competed on the men's varsity team until discovering that she would not be going to college for wrestling. She then stopped to focus on wrestling, instead turning her sights on MMA soon after she graduated high school at 18.[4]

Despite concentrating in mixed martial arts, Maverick graduated with honors from Drury University, majoring in psychology and sociology in 2018.[7] Maverick then relocated to Norfolk, VA to pursue a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University.[7]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Maverick started her amateur career in 2015, fighting under Kansas City Fighting Alliance, ShoFight, and The Blue Corner promotions. She amassed a record of 7–1, winning the Blue Corner and Shofight flyweight championships all while 18 years old, being listed as the number one amateur woman in her region on Tapology at the time she went pro. After her final amateur win, she was soon contacted by President Shannon Knapp of Invicta Fighting Championships.[8]

Invicta Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

Maverick made her promotional debut on November 18, 2016 at Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya against Samantha Diaz.[9] Samantha Diaz cut off her hair the day of weight-ins to make weight and Maverick came in over 2 pounds above the strawweight limit.[10] Maverick won the fight via rear naked choke in round one.[11]

Her next pro fight was on March 25, 2017 at Invicta FC 22: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya II facing Kalyn Schwartz.[12] On the weight-in Maverick missed weight by 4.5 Ibs over the upper limit of 116 Ibs.[13] She won the fight via submission on round one.[14]

On July 15, 2017, Maverick faced Gabby Romero at Invicta FC 24: Dudieva vs. Borella.[15][16] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Her next fight came on July 21, 2018, facing Brogan Walker-Sanchez at Invicta FC 30. She won the fight via unanimous decision.[18] she lost the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Maverick faced Victoria Leonardo on September 1, 2018 at Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs. Morandin.[19] She defeated Leonardo via a submission.[20]

At Invicta 34 in February 2019, Maverick lost a unanimous decision to DeAnna Bennett.

In September, Maverick entered the Invicta Phoenix Series flyweight tournament with a chance to reestablish herself in the flyweight division. In the first round of the tournament, consisting of one 5-minute round, she defeated Victoria Leonardo via striking and clinch in a rematch via unanimous decision. Her second round match (also one 5-minute round) ended with Maverick submitting Shanna Young via rear naked choke. Maverick won the tournament by defeating DeAnna Bennett in a rematch by third round neck crank submission in the finals.[21]

Maverick defeated Pearl Gonzalez at Invicta FC 39 on February 7, 2020.[22]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Maverick was expected to make her promotional debut against Mara Romero Borella on June 27, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker.[23] However, Maverick was forced to pull out due to injury.[24]

Maverick faced Liana Jojua on October 24, 2020, at UFC 254.[25] She won the fight via TKO due to a doctor stoppage between rounds one and two.[26]

Maverick was expected to face Gillian Robertson at UFC 258 on February 13, 2021.[27] However, hours before the fight, Robertson had a non-COVID related illness and the bout was cancelled.[28] The pair was eventually rescheduled to UFC 260 on March 27, 2021.[29] Maverick won the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Maverick faced Maycee Barber on July 24, 2021, at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw.[31] She lost the fight via controversial split decision.[32] 22 out of 22 media outlets scored the bout as a win for Maverick.[33]

Maverick stepped in for an injured Maycee Barber to face Erin Blanchfield on December 11, 2021, at UFC 269.[34] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[35]

Replacing Mandy Böhm, Maverick faced Sabina Mazo on March 12, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 203.[36] Maverick won the fight via rear-naked choke in round two.[37]

Maverick is scheduled to face Shanna Young on August 20, 2022, at UFC 278.[38]

Personal lifeEdit

As of October 2020, Maverick is currently a PhD student at Old Dominion University, studying Industrial Psychology.[2][4][39]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 10 wins 4 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 6 0
By decision 3 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–4 Sabina Mazo Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev March 12, 2022 2 2:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–4 Erin Blanchfield Decision (unanimous) UFC 269 December 11, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–3 Maycee Barber Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw July 24, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2 Gillian Robertson Decision (unanimous) UFC 260 March 27, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Liana Jojua TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 254 October 24, 2020 1 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 7–2 Pearl Gonzalez Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 39: Frey vs. Cummins II February 7, 2020 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 6–2 DeAnna Bennett Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC Phoenix Series 2 September 6, 2019 3 3:38 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Won the Invicta FC Phoenix Series 2 Flyweight Tournament.
Win 5–2 Heather Walker-Leahy Submission (guillotine choke) Shogun Fights 22 July 13, 2019 1 1:38 Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States
Loss 4–2 DeAnna Bennett Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 34: Porto vs. Gonzalez February 15, 2019 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 4–1 Victoria Leonardo Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs. Morandin September 1, 2018 1 3:26 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 3–1 Brogan Walker-Sanchez Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 30: Frey vs. Grusander July 21, 2018 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 3–0 Gabby Romero Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 24: Dudieva vs. Borella July 15, 2017 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Flyweight debut.
Win 2–0 Kalyn Schwartz Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 22: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya II March 25, 2017 1 3:01 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 1–0 Samantha Diaz Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya November 18, 2016 1 4:26 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Strawweight debut.
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–0 Shanna Young Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC Phoenix Series 2 September 6, 2019 1 2:35 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Flyweight tournament semifinal exhibition bout.
Win 1–0 Victoria Leonardo Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC Phoenix Series 2 September 6, 2019 1 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Flyweight tournament quarterfinal exhibition bout.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Mixed martial arts show results Date: August 17, 2021" (PDF). Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Miranda Maverick – Invicta Fighting Championships". www.invictafc.com. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  3. ^ David Macaulay (August 3, 2020). "Local MMA fighter looking forward to UFC debut". The Virginian-Pilot.
  4. ^ a b c d "The House of Muay Thai". thehouseofmuaythai.com. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Maddyn Johnstone-Thomas (December 10, 2021). "Miranda Maverick Eyes Statement Victory At UFC 269". Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  6. ^ @fearthemaverick_homt (December 5, 2020). ""Thank you for the new gear and my personalized brown belt @topmountapparel (...)". Retrieved February 13, 2021 – via Instagram.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Keith Pierce (January 31, 2020). "Ph.D. Student and MMA Star Miranda Maverick Hits the Books as Hard as She Hits Her Opponents". Old Dominion University.
  8. ^ Sherdog.com. "Miranda". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  9. ^ "Invicta FC call-up an 'unexpected blessing' for Miranda Maverick". AXS. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  10. ^ "Invicta FC's Samantha Diaz chops off hair to make weight". campussports.net. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  11. ^ "Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs Kunitskaya results and live discussion". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  12. ^ "8-fight lineup for Invicta FC 22 now complete with addition of 2 fights". MMAjunkie. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  13. ^ "Three fighters miss weight for Invicta FC 22". The Underground. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  14. ^ Pierrot, Justin (2017-03-25). "Invicta FC 22 "Evinger vs. Kunitskaya II" results - MMASucka.com". MMASucka.com. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
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  18. ^ a b Tomas, Jojo Santo. "Brogan Walker-Sanchez stays undefeated at 6-0". Pacific Daily News. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
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  20. ^ "Invicta FC 31 results: Champ Virna Jandiroba taps Janaisa Morandin". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-01. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
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  22. ^ Alexander K. Lee (January 3, 2020). "Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Cummins 2, Pearl Gonzalez vs. Miranda Maverick announced for Invicta FC 39". mmafighting.com.
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  25. ^ Marcel Dorff (2020-09-07). "Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick added to UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2022-03-07. (in Dutch)
  26. ^ Anderson, Jay (2020-10-24). "UFC 254 Results: Miranda Maverick Smashes Liana Jojua in Debut". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  27. ^ Jay Anderson (2021-01-13). "Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick Targeted for UFC 258". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  28. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2021-02-13). "Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick scratched from UFC 258 after Robertson falls ill". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  29. ^ Nolan King (2021-02-24). "After fight-day cancellation, Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick rebooked for UFC 260". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  30. ^ Anderson, Jay (2021-03-27). "UFC 260 Results: Miranda Maverick Gets Hand Raised Over Game Gillian Robertson". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  31. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (2021-04-07). "Maycee Barber to fight Miranda Maverick at July 24 UFC event". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  32. ^ Anderson, Jay (2021-07-24). "UFC Vegas 32 Results: Maycee Barber Scrapes by Miranda Maverick". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
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  37. ^ Anderson, Jay (2022-03-12). "UFC Vegas 50 Results: Miranda Maverick Returns to Win Column, Submits Sabina Mazo". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-03-12.
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  39. ^ Pierce, Keith; Walzer, Philip (October 27, 2020). "ODU Graduate Student Is Victorious in Her UFC Debut". Old Dominion University. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
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