UFC flyweight veteran Miranda Maverick has just been promoted to black belt in BJJ by her coach Eliot Marshall at Easton Jiu-Jitsu. It’s a huge landmark moment in the career of any grappler and Maverick has dedicated almost a decade of her life to progressing in both BJJ and MMA. She has regularly competed in BJJ competitions during her journey through the belt ranks and in fact, she most recently won a silver medal as a brown belt at the IBJJF No Gi World Championship. Not only has she tested her grappling skills in competition, but she’s been able to use them to great effect during her professional MMA career as well.
Maverick put together a 7-2 professional MMA record with 5 submission wins before getting a UFC contract, fighting primarily in Invicta FC at the time. She’s gone 5-3 since signing for the world’s biggest MMA promotion and now sits at 12-5, although most of her losses there have come against top-ranked opposition. Maverick has managed to make a name for herself as a fantastic fighter and as she’s now coming off a submission win over Priscila Cachoeira, she’s in a great position to force her way into the divisional rankings.
She actually has a fight booked against a ranked opponent already, as Maverick will be fighting Andrea Lee at UFC 298 on February 17th, 2024. With Lee being ranked at 14th in the flyweight division at the moment, a win here would almost certainly mean that Maverick takes her spot. Maverick is still very early in her career at just 26 years old and has plenty of time to work her way up to the very top of the division. Outside of that, it’ll be interesting to see how Miranda Maverick fares if she keeps doing BJJ tournaments now that she’ll be competing at the black belt level.
Miranda Maverick announced the news that she had been promoted to BJJ black belt in a recent post to her official Instagram account: