The UFC has recently started building up their bantamweight division with new signings, and one of those is former Invicta bantamweight Julia Avila.
Get to Know Julia Avila:
Originally from California, Avila trains out of Oklahoma Martial Arts Academy in Edmond, Oklahoma. She also travels to Fort Worth, Texas, frequently and trains at Genesis MMA. Avila has been an athlete her entire life playing volleyball, soccer, and track and field in high school. She started training in judo in 2011 and BJJ in 2012 as she is currently a brown belt. She made her pro debut in 2012 and now has a 6-1 record. The one loss came to Marciea Allen where Avila lost by injury in the first round. Now at 30-years-old, Avila is finally on the big show.
How Does Julia Avila Fare in the UFC:
In her first three pro bouts, Avila beat UFC veteran Marion Reneau and TUF 26 winner and former UFC flyweight champion, Nicco Montano. That alone proves Avila she deserves to fight in the UFC and compete against ranked competition. Avila is aggressive from the start looking to push the action as fast as possible. She is mainly a striker, hardly ever going to the mat and her takedown defense has held up pretty well. It’s no secret when watching Avila that her right hand is her primary weapon and it’s very good. Avila is solid in the clinch as well with solid knees and intelligent striking off the break. What makes her a different fighter is her constant attack with her high volume, which is usually too much for her opponents. I think she’s a future ranked fighter and the sky is the limit.
Neither a debut date nor an opponent has been announced as of yet.