Jennifer Maia

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Jennifer Maia
Born (1988-10-06) October 6, 1988 (age 28)
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Residence Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Division Flyweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing
Fighting out of Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Team Chute Boxe Academy
Years active 2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 14
By knockout 3
By submission 5
By decision 6
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 2
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jennifer Maia (born October 6, 1988) is a Brazilian female mixed martial artist who competes in the Flyweight division. Maia trains at the legendary Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil. She is currently signed with Invicta Fighting Championships.

Maia is currently the #2-ranked 125-pound female fighter in the world according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Maia rebounded with a second-round submission victory over Tatiane Porfirio Aguiar at Pink Fight 1 on January 29, 2012.[4]

Maia was scheduled to face Vanessa Porto in a rematch at Pink Fight 2,[5] but she withdrew from the fight in order to compete in the Cage Warriors women's flyweight title tournament.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

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.[10] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.
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
Win 12–4–1 Dayana Silva Decision (majority) Imortal FC 2: Kamikaze December 13, 2015 3 5:00 São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Win 11–4–1 Marta Souza TKO (punches) Samurai FC 12: Hearts on Fire October 10, 2015 1 2:51 Curitiba, Brazil
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 Invicta FC debut
Win 6–2–1 Jéssica Andrade Decision (unanimous) Samurai FC 9: Water vs. Fire December 15, 2012 3 5:00 Curitiba, Paraná, 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, Bahia, Brazil
Loss 4–1–1 Vanessa Porto Technical Submission (armbar) Kumite MMA Combate October 28, 2011 2 3:55 Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Draw 4–0–1 Kalindra Faria Draw Power Fight Extreme 4 November 20, 2010 3 5:00 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 4–0 Alessandra Silva Submission (armbar) Gladiators Fighting Championship 2 October 16, 2010 1 1:50 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 3–0 Jenifer Haas Submission (punches) Challenge Mixed Martial Arts August 7, 2010 1 1:18 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 2–0 Alessandra Silva Submission (rear-naked choke) Power Fight Extreme 2 March 13, 2010 1 4:03 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 1–0 Suelen Pinheiro Ribeiro TKO (punches) Brave FC 4: Explosion December 5, 2009 1 2:01 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil Pro debut


  1. ^ "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Jennifer Maia Awakening Profile". Retrieved 2014-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Vanessa Porto, Hannah Stephens Earn Weekend Victories". 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Pink Fight MMA Stages Successful Debut Event In Brazil". 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Vanessa Porto To Face Jennifer Maia In Pink Fight 2 Rematch". 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Sheila Gaff To Face Jennifer Maia At CWFC: Fight Night 4". 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  7. ^ "Fair or Foul: Sheila Gaff Knocks Out Jennifer Maia in 10 Seconds". 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  8. ^ "Zoila Gurgel vs Jennifer Maia Announced For Invicta FC 5". 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  9. ^ "INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 5 RESULTS". 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  10. ^ "Leslie Smith drops to 125, meets Jennifer Maia in Invicta FC 6 title eliminator". 2013-05-01. Archived from the original on 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  11. ^ "INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 6 RESULTS". 2013-07-17. Archived from the original on 2013-07-21. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 

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