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Vanessa Melo

Women's Bantamweight Division • 11-8-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 2
    Wins by Submission
  • 9
    Wins by Decision
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
Sig. Str. Defense
Takedown Defense
Knockdown Ratio
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

0 (0 %)
0 (0 %)
0 (0 %)

Sig. Str. by target

0% 0 Head 0% 0 Body 0% 0 Leg

Win By Way

0 (0%)
9 (82%)
2 (18%)

Event Results


Taboao da Serra, Brazil
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Sep. 21, 2019
Leg reach
Q & A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started eight years ago. My brother started training, and when he turned into a blue belt, I decided to join him since I saw him really enjoying it and liking the whole team.

What ranks and titles have you held? XFC tournament finalist, SFT champion, #15 ranked bantamweight in the world via

Do you have any heroes? My family and my master, Marcos “Babuino” Santos.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I started my career with a 1-2 pro record that quickly became a 3-4 pro record. A lot of people said I was never going to achieve anything in MMA and when I got pregnant, even more people told me to quit the sport and look for a job to keep my daughter as a single mom. I kept believing in my dream with the help of my family, my master and my team and managed to get on a 7-1 run in my last eight fights. It was hard, Brazilian MMA doesn’t pay much and in my fight in China the owner of the event did not pay the purses of the fighters and disappeared. To keep pushing and working hard being a single mom made me stronger than I ever thought I would be. Being now in the UFC and having the chance of giving a good life to my daughter and my family makes me the happiest person in the world. Nothing can take away what I felt when my manager called me to give me the news.

Ranks in any martial arts styles:Brown belt in BJJ, light blue belt in Muay Thai

Favorite grappling technique: Armbar

Favorite Striking technique: Left cross

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