Welcome to the UFC: Gabriel Miranda

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Gabriel Miranda, UFC Paris Official Weigh-In Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

UFC Paris on Saturday is set to be a historic night at the promotion touches down in France for the first time since MMA was legalized in 2020. The card is headlined by France’s own Ciryl Gane taking on Tai Tuivasa in a pivotal heavyweight fight. There are also altogether five fighters from France on the card and seven fighters making their UFC debut. French fighter Benoit Saint-Denis is gonna be making his third walk to the UFC cage. He was anticipated to be fighting Christos Giagos but Giagos is injured and Gabriel Miranda was signed on short notice to take the fight.

Gabriel “Fly” Miranda
Standing at 5’11″
Fighting at 155 lbs (lightweight)
Fighting out of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
Training out of MMA Masters
A pro record of 16-5
1 KO/TKO, 15 Submissions

How will Miranda fare in the UFC:

There is a ton of Brazilian talent I think is UFC level and I never even thought of Miranda. Some may say he has a lot of experience but does not have a win over anybody truly relevant. Nine of his wins come against opponents with losing records or those making their debut.

Miranda is a BJJ black belt and that’s his path to victory in every fight. He does throw some good output but leaves himself open to being countered. Every time he throws a kick or a hook his chin is up and his hands are low. I’ve seen him get clipped a few times.

Miranda is super dangerous on the mat even off his back. Usually, it’s Miranda on his back because his wrestling isn’t good. He’s the type of fighter that will pull guard and is very comfortable attacking the guillotine. He’s a threat if he gets on top but isn’t strong in positions failing in transitions at times.

How does he match up with Saint-Denis?

Saint-Denis has some similarities with Miranda. Both are primarily grapplers with sloppy striking. Also, both don’t exactly have the best of wrestling to get it where they want it to be. Saint-Denis is also not positionally responsible like Miranda. I do think Saint-Denis is better everywhere though. On the feet, he hits harder and his kicks could be a big factor. I think more than anything his strength will be the path to victory. He should be able to throw Miranda down and from there I believe he is the stronger grappler. I like Saint-Denis here and I’m pretty confident.