Ocagot Oracles: Invicta FC Alum Montserrat Ruiz

Montserrat Ruiz speaks to a camera following a win in the Invicta FC cage. Montserrat Ruiz gets the short-notice call-up to compete on Saturday's card. Photo Credit: UFC Fight Pass

Montserrat Ruiz (9-1) will be debuting in the UFC tonight coming from Invicta FC. Losing to former UFC fighter Danielle Taylor in her Invicta FC, debut she rebounded to beat Janaisa Morandin last July. She was targeted to fight for the Invicta title but got the call to the UFC instead.

Ruiz is taking this fight on short notice against Cheyanne Buys, who was supposed to fight Kay Hansen. It’s gonna either be the Fortis MMA product in Buys or the Kings MMA/10th Planet Jiu-jitsu product in Ruiz getting their hand raised.

Shawn Bitter

Grade: C
There are a lot of concerns regarding Ruiz coming to the UFC right now. She’s only coming off a single win, though it was against a good fighter in Janaisa Morandin. Before that, she lost to an underwhelming Danielle Taylor in 2018. While Ruiz did build an 8-0 record to start her career, it was against low level competition.

Ruiz is a primary grappler who does like to let her hands fly. She isn’t technical but with her constant forward pressure and her big overhands, she’s not afraid of a brawl. Ruiz does have good grappling but her wrestling is limited. She isn’t one to attack with single legs, double legs, or trips. Ruiz gets the fight to the mat using the head and arm throw. The head and arm throw in all honestly is 40/60 position. When she does get it to the mat Ruiz does move well on top and has tight grappling. There are too many question marks and it’s tough to trust her to effectively get the head and arm throw at a higher level.

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Kristen King

Grade: C-
I am happy that Ruiz is getting a shot in the UFC, but I cannot help but think it may be too early for a call-up. Ruiz is a good wrestler and she fares well on the ground, but I think she overcommits to the head and arm throw in her fights. Sure, there have been instances where that has worked to her advantage and eventually led to a stoppage against previous opponents. However, by choosing to constantly go for this one specific technique, I could definitely see a future opponent with stronger wrestling defend against the throw and nullify Ruiz’s main strategy. Ruiz will likely fight a couple of times before being cut from the roster, which would force her to work her way back to the promotion. I would love to see her get a shot on Contender Series if that does happen.

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Vince Rodemer

Grade: C
I don’t see much in Ruiz. Prior to her two Invicta FC fights, she had a very low level of opponents. I don’t see much in her striking and she doesn’t have a wrestling background. She does train at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu and Kings MMA, so she is getting some quality training. The loss to a small, low-volume fighter in Danielle Taylor isn’t a good look.

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Joe McDonagh

Grade: C
Ruiz has a brawler style, which will be fan-friendly but the striking is subpar at times. Ruiz is a strong grappler and has compiled a respected record, albeit against underwhelming competition in her early days. Ruiz will excite, but in the UFC, the brawl won’t always work. Grappling will be her strong point but even there she doesn’t overwhelm me.

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