Jennifer Maia

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Jennifer Maia
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BornJennifer Apreciada Gonçalves de Maia[1]
(1988-10-06) October 6, 1988 (age 32)
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
ResidenceCuritiba, Paraná, Brazil
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Reach64[2] in (163 cm)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing
Fighting out ofCuritiba, Paraná, Brazil
TeamChute Boxe Academy (2003–present)[3]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Black belt in Muay Thai[2]
Years active2009–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission5
By decision9
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision5
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jennifer Apreciada Gonçalves de Maia (born October 6, 1988)[1] is a Brazilian female mixed martial artist who competes in the Flyweight division. Maia trains at Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil. She is currently signed with The Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2009, she is also the former Invicta FC Flyweight World Champion. [4] As of December 14, 2020, she is #4 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.[5]


Playing soccer since childhood, Maia transitioned to muay thai at the age of 15.[2][3] She won several national titles in the discipline before turning to boxing and then mixed martial arts.[2][3]

Boxing career[edit]

On March 29, 2008, Maia made her professional Boxing debut at Centri de Boxe in Curitiba, Brazil. She faced Michelle Bonassoli in an eight-round bout that went the distance and saw her victorious via unanimous decision.

Her second bout was against Juliana de Aguiar, another eight round bout in which she won via points.

The last boxing match Maia competed in before transitioning into MMA was on August 5, 2009. She defeated Lorena Nancy Lopez via TKO in the fourth round.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Maia made her professional MMA debut on December 5, 2009. She won her first four fights, finishing each of them in the first round with three submissions and one TKO.

On October 28, 2011, Maia suffered her first loss to fellow Brazilian Vanessa Porto at Kumite MMA Combate. She was defeated by second-round armbar.[7]

Maia rebounded with a second-round submission victory over Tatiane Porfirio Aguiar at Pink Fight 1 on January 29, 2012.[8]

Maia was scheduled to face Vanessa Porto in a rematch at Pink Fight 2,[9] but she withdrew from the fight in order to compete in the Cage Warriors women's flyweight title tournament.[10]

At Cage Warriors Fight Night 4 on March 16, 2012, Maia suffered a somewhat controversial knockout loss to future UFC fighter Sheila Gaff. At the start of the fight, when both fighters met in the center of the cage to touch gloves, Gaff unloaded a flurry of punches that knocked Maia out in just 10 seconds.[11]

Maia next faced future UFC Women's Strawweight Championship Jéssica Andrade on December 15, 2012 at Samurai FC 9: Water vs. Fire. She won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]


Maia made her Invicta Fighting Championships debut at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013 against former Bellator Women's Strawweight Champion Zoila Frausto Gurgel.[13] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Maia then faced off against Leslie Smith in a #1 contender's fight for a shot at the Flyweight Championship held by Barb Honchak at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013.[15] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

After returning from the regional scene in Brazil, in which she went 2–0, Maia next faced DeAnna Bennett on December 5, 2014 at Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio.[17] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Invicta FC Flyweight Champion[edit]

Following the loss, Maia once again returned to the regional scene in Brazil, going 3–0 before returning to Invicta. She next faced Vanessa Porto on March 11, 2016 at Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown for the interim Invicta FC Flyweight Championship in a rematch of their 2011 bout.[19] She won the fight via unanimous decision to capture the title.[20]

Due to long-time Invicta FC Flyweight Champion Barb Honchak still unable to compete in a title unification bout, Maia was scheduled to face Roxanne Modafferi in a defense of her interim title on September 23, 2016 at Invicta FC 19: Maia vs. Modafferi.[21] However, during the official weigh-in, it was announced that Barb Honchak was stripped of her title and that Maia would now be defending her undisputed championship at the event.[22] Maia successfully defended her title, winning the fight via split decision.[23]

Maia's next title defense came against undefeated Agnieszka Niedźwiedź on December 8, 2017 at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz.[24] She won the fight via unanimous decision, successfully defending her title for the second time.[25]

On July 7, 2018, Maia vacated her Invicta FC Flyweight Championship.[26]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Maia was signed with The Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2018.[4]

Maia made her UFC debut against Liz Carmouche at UFC Fight Night 133 on July 14, 2018.[27] Maia lost the fight by unanimous decision.[28]

It was announced by USADA on January 15, 2019, that Maia had tested positive during an out-of-competition drug test for multiple banned substances, which they determined were ingested through tainted supplements. As a result, she was suspended six months retroactive to August 16, 2018.[29]

Maia faced Alexis Davis on March 23, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 148.[30] She won the fight via a unanimous decision.[31]

Maia faced Roxanne Modafferi on July 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4 in a rematch of their 2016 Invicta FC Flyweight Championship bout, which Maia won via split decision.[32] At the weigh-ins, Maia weighed in at 129 pounds, 3 pounds over the women's flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. As a result she was fined 30 percent of her purse, and the bout proceeded a catchweight fight.[33] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[34]

As the first fight of her new six-fight contract with the UFC, Maia faced Katlyn Chookagian on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244.[35][36] At the weigh-ins, Maia weighed in at 127.2 pounds, 1.2 pounds over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. The bout went ahead at catchweight and Maia was fined 25% of her purse and went to her opponent.[37] she lost the fight via unanimous decision.[38]

Maia was scheduled to meet Viviane Araújo on June 27, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker.[39] However, the bout was rescheduled in mid-June to take place on August 1, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan after both participants faced travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[40] Subsequently, Araújo was removed from the card in mid-July after testing positive for COVID-19 and replaced by Joanne Calderwood.[41] She won the fight armbar submission in round one.[42] This win earned her the Performance of the Night award.[43]

Maia faced Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on November 21, 2020 at UFC 255.[44] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[45]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 18 wins 7 losses
By knockout 4 1
By submission 5 1
By decision 9 5
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–7–1 Valentina Shevchenko Decision (unanimous) UFC 255 November 21, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 18–6–1 Joanne Calderwood Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan August 1, 2020 1 4:29 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 17–6–1 Katlyn Chookagian Decision (unanimous) UFC 244 November 2, 2019 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States Catchweight (127.2 lb) bout; Maia missed weight.
Win 17–5–1 Roxanne Modafferi Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards July 20, 2019 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States Catchweight (129 lb) bout; Maia missed weight.
Win 16–5–1 Alexis Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis March 23, 2019 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 15–5–1 Liz Carmouche Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov July 14, 2018 3 5:00 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 15–4–1 Agnieszka Niedźwiedź Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz December 8, 2017 5 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Defended the Invicta FC Flyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 14–4–1 Roxanne Modafferi Decision (split) Invicta FC 19: Maia vs. Modafferi September 23, 2016 5 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Defended the Invicta FC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 13–4–1 Vanessa Porto Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown March 11, 2016 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the interim Invicta FC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night. Later promoted to undisputed champion.
Win 12–4–1 Dayana Silva Decision (majority) Imortal FC 2: Kamikaze December 13, 2015 3 5:00 São José dos Pinhais, Brazil Bantamweight bout.
Win 11–4–1 Marta Souza TKO (punches) Samurai FC 12: Hearts on Fire October 10, 2015 1 2:51 Curitiba, Brazil Catchweight (132 lb) bout.
Win 10–4–1 Stephanie Bragayrac KO (knee) Imortal FC 1: The Invasion June 13, 2015 2 2:07 São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Loss 9–4–1 DeAnna Bennett Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio December 5, 2014 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 9–3–1 Elaine Albuquerque Decision (unanimous) Talent MMA Circuit 11 August 23, 2014 3 5:00 São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Win 8–3–1 Mariana Morais Submission (rear-naked choke) Talent MMA Circuit 9 May 10, 2014 2 2:18 São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Loss 7–3–1 Leslie Smith Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg July 13, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Invicta FC Flyweight title eliminator.
Win 7–2–1 Zoila Frausto Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 6–2–1 Jéssica Andrade Decision (unanimous) Samurai FC 9: Water vs. Fire December 15, 2012 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Loss 5–2–1 Sheila Gaff KO (punches) Cage Warriors Fight Night 4 March 16, 2012 1 0:10 Dubai, United Arab Emirates CWFC Women's Flyweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 5–1–1 Tatiane Porfirio Aguiar Submission (armbar) Pink Fight 1 January 29, 2012 2 1:17 Porto Seguro, Brazil
Loss 4–1–1 Vanessa Porto Technical Submission (armbar) Kumite MMA Combate October 28, 2011 2 3:55 Porto Alegre, Brazil
Draw 4–0–1 Kalindra Faria Draw Power Fight Extreme 4 November 20, 2010 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 4–0 Alessandra Silva Submission (armbar) Gladiators Fighting Championship 2 October 16, 2010 1 1:50 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 3–0 Jenifer Haas Submission (punches) Challenge Mixed Martial Arts August 7, 2010 1 1:18 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 2–0 Alessandra Silva Submission (rear-naked choke) Power Fight Extreme 2 March 13, 2010 1 4:03 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 1–0 Suelen Pinheiro Ribeiro TKO (punches) Brave FC 4: Explosion December 5, 2009 1 2:01 Curitiba, Brazil

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
3 fights 3 wins 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By decision 2 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
3 Win 3–0 Paraguay Lorena Nancy Lopez TKO 4 (6) 5 July 2009 Brazil Curitiba Master Hall, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
2 Win 2–0 Brazil Juliana De Aguiar PTS 8 25 July 2008 Brazil Centro de Boxe, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
1 Win 1–0 Brazil Michelle Larissa Bonassoli UD 8 29 March 2008 Brazil Centro de Boxe, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

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