|Born||Jennifer Apreciada Gonçalves de Maia|
October 6, 1988
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
|Residence||Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)|
|Reach||64 in (163 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil|
|Team||Chute Boxe Academy (2003–present)|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu |
Black belt in Muay Thai
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jennifer Apreciada Gonçalves de Maia (born October 6, 1988) 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.  As of December 14, 2020, she is #4 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Maia rebounded with a second-round submission victory over Tatiane Porfirio Aguiar at Pink Fight 1 on January 29, 2012.
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.
Invicta Fighting Championships
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. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
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. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.
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. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Invicta FC Flyweight Champion
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. She won the fight via unanimous decision to capture the title.
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. 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. Maia successfully defended her title, winning the fight via split decision.
Maia's next title defense came against undefeated Agnieszka Niedźwiedź on December 8, 2017 at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz. She won the fight via unanimous decision, successfully defending her title for the second time.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
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. 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. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
As the first fight of her new six-fight contract with the UFC, Maia faced Katlyn Chookagian on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244. 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. she lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Maia was scheduled to meet Viviane Araújo on June 27, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker. 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. Subsequently, Araújo was removed from the card in mid-July after testing positive for COVID-19 and replaced by Joanne Calderwood. She won the fight armbar submission in round one. This win earned her the Performance of the Night award.
Championships and accomplishments
- Invicta Fighting Championships
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||18 wins||7 losses|
|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
|3 fights||3 wins||0 losses|
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- Mixed martial arts show results Date: August 1, 2020
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