Marion “The Belizean Brawler” Reneau (7-3-1)
Despite the massive strides women’s mixed martial arts has taken, the talent pool is still disappointingly shallow. As such, it’s hard to tell where Marion Reneau stands.
She’s 40 years old and 3-2-1 in the UFC. She submitted Jessica Andrade but failed to push past Ashlee Evans-Smith and Bethe Correia. Assuming those were both winnable fights, it’s possible to consider her 5-1 in the UFC. But neither Smith nor Correia are elite opposition, so even a close loss and a draw are worrying.
At the very least, Reneau is a smart fighter. Despite being a self-proclaimed brawler, she never over-commits to strikes, and she seems to have measured forward pressure. There’s also a variety to her offense, alternating between punches and kicks from both sides. If anything, it seems that her age and small stature keep her from properly maintaining pressure against the more athletic women in her division.
Talita de Oliveira Bernardo (5-1)
Talita de Oliveira is so unknown that not only does she not have a Wikipedia page, but the major sites don’t even know what her reach is. If the UFC website is to be believed, the only thing we can be sure of besides her record is that she is 5′ 3″.
The only fight I could find was her bout with Iren Racz, in which she used some lacklustre mixed striking and takedowns to get a submission in the third round. That could be impressive, except that Racz was a whopping 0-4-2 in the six fights prior to the one against Bernardo.
If Bernardo is some kind of well-kept secret in the WMMA community, she certainly didn’t show it against Racz. And if Renau’s smaller stature is one of her few true weaknesses, what problems is Bernardo going to present to her that Andrade didn’t?
Reneau via unanimous decision
Want to share your opinion? Why not Write For Us?