ABU DHABI – While “Fight Island” didn’t turn out to be this magical place some imagined it would be, the experience was everything Amanda Ribas could’ve hoped for.

It started with UFC 251 fight week where a jovial Ribas could hardly contain herself heading into her flyweight bout with one of the promotion’s most popular fighters in Paige VanZant. Then Ribas went out and took care of business inside the cage, submitting VanZant with a slick armbar just 2:21 into the first round.

As if a big win on a big stage wasn’t enough, Ribas received a the VIP treatment from UFC president Dana White just a few days later, sitting with him cageside to watch UFC on ESPN 13.

Thinking about it all, Ribas again could hardly contain herself.

“I love it,” Ribas said Thursday. “My followers duplicated. I put a photo; everybody comments. (Wednesday), I watched the main event with Dana White. So I’m really happy for that. It’s been amazing for me.”

The fact that Ribas was treated like a UFC A-lister following her victory, it makes her wonder what could lie ahead for her career.

“I’m still young. I’m in the beginning. And if in the beginning it’s like that, you can imagine the future!” she said with a laugh. “I hope to get a lot more attention and media.”

If Ribas keeps winning, that’s sure to continue. She’s 4-0 since making her UFC debut 13 months ago, with wins over VanZant and highly touted prospect Mackenzie Dern. But as much as Ribas is relishing the added attention, she’s not losing focus.

As impressive as her performance was against VanZant, Ribas still saw some flaws when watching it back. In that sense, she vows to still take things slow as she hopes to work her way toward UFC title contention  – and stardom.

“I saw some mistakes I need to correct myself, because I think all the times we need to get better, get better,” Ribas said. “I saw the mistakes. For the next time, I will be better. …

“I think my (overall) plan is still the same – to get better and better every time. Step by step, I don’t want to (go) really fast in my career. Step by step, training really hard, get to the top with the same heart.”