Vanessa Porto

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Vanessa Porto
Born Vanessa Alessandra Teixeira Porto
(1984-03-16) March 16, 1984 (age 33)
Americana, São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Flyweight (125 lb)
Bantamweight (135 lb)
Fighting out of São Paulo, Brazil
Team The MMA University
Drenix Iglesia Team
Years active 2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 18
By knockout 3
By submission 10
By decision 5
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Vanessa Alessandra Teixeira Porto (born March 16, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and amateur boxer who competes in the Invicta Fighting Championships flyweight division. She is currently the #2-ranked 125-pound female fighter in the world according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[1]


Porto grew up in Jaú, São Paulo in a family of soccer players. She had an appreciation for martial arts from a young age and started to practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2004. She is currently married to her trainer Pedro Iglesias.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Porto began her professional MMA career in 2005. She initially fought only for Brazilian promotions such as Storm Samurai and Champions Night and faced opponents including Carina Damm, Cristiane Justino and Brazilian kickboxing champion Juliana Werner Aguiar. She defeated Aguiar on three occasions.[2]

With a record of five wins and two losses, Porto signed with the U.S.-based Fatal Femmes Fighting promotion.

Fatal Femmes Fighting and Revolution Fight Club[edit]

Porto made her FFF debut against Tonya Evinger on July 14, 2007 at Fatal Femmes Fighting 2. She defeated Evinger via submission due to an armbar in the first round.[3]

Porto was expected to face FFF bantamweight champion Roxanne Modafferi on November 3, 2007 at Fatal Femmes Fighting 3. However, Modafferi was removed from the event due to a shoulder injury and was replaced by Hitomi Akano. Porto defeated Akano via split decision after five rounds.[4] Her match for the FFF bantamweight title against Modafferi happened on April 3, 2008 at Fatal Femmes Fighting 4. Porto lost via TKO for the first time in her MMA career.[5]

Porto faced Germaine de Randamie on December 19, 2008 at Revolution Fight Club 2. She won via submission due to an armbar in the first round.[2]

Return to Brazilian promotions[edit]

Between December 2008 and March 2011, Porto amassed five victories and suffered a single loss against Amanda Nunes.[2] On October 28, 2011, Porto defeated Jennifer Maia via technical submission due to an armbar at Kumite MMA Combate.[6]

Porto became the first Pink Fight champion at 132 pounds on March 10, 2012 when she knocked out Luana Teixeira at Pink Fight 2.[7]

In mid-2012, after a long time away from American promotions, Porto signed with Invicta Fighting Championships.[8]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Porto was expected to make her Invicta FC debut against Kelly Kobold on July 28, 2012 at Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann. However, Kobold suffered a shoulder injury and Porto instead faced Sarah D'Alelio.[9] Porto lost the fight via submission due to a reverse triangle armbar in the first round.[10]

Porto dropped down to 125 pounds and faced Tara LaRosa on October 6, 2012 at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama. She won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Porto then fought against Barb Honchak on April 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson in a five-round match to determine the first-ever Invicta FC flyweight champion. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Porto faced Zoila Frausto Gurgel on December 7, 2013 at Invicta FC 7.[13][14] She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Porto the fought Roxanne Modafferi at Invicta FC 12 on Friday, April 24, 2015. She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Pink Fight
    • Pink Fight 132-pound champion (one time; only)

Amateur boxing[edit]

  • Federação Paulista de Boxe
    • São Paulo state champion[15]
  • Jogos Abertos do Interior
    • 2nd women's division: silver medal (2011, 64 kg)[16]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–8 Agnieszka Niedźwiedź Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 23: Porto vs. Niedźwiedź May 20, 2017 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 18–7 Jennifer Maia Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown March 11, 2016 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the Interim Invicta FC Flyweight Championship Fight Of The Night
Win 18–6 Roxanne Modafferi Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpää vs. Souza April 24, 2015 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 17–6 Ana Maria Decision (unanimous) FA - Fatality Arena 6 March 30, 2014 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 16–6 Zoila Frausto Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 15–6 Barb Honchak Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 5 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States For Invicta FC flyweight title.
Win 15–5 Tara LaRosa Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama October 6, 2012 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States 127 lbs catchweight bout; LaRosa missed weight.[17]
Loss 14–5 Sarah D'Alelio Submission (reverse triangle armbar) Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann July 28, 2012 1 3:16 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 14–4 Luana Teixeira KO (punch) Pink Fight 2 March 10, 2012 1 0:41 Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Won inaugural Pink Fight 132 lbs title.
Win 13–4 Jennifer Maia Technical submission (armbar) Kumite MMA Combate October 28, 2011 2 3:55 Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Win 12–4 Kalindra Carvalho Faria Submission (armbar) Recife Fighting Championship 4 March 31, 2011 1 3:37 Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Win 11–4 Valdinéia Santos TKO (punches) Predador FC 17 December 11, 2010 1 N/A Jaú, São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 10–4 Amanda Nunes TKO (corner stoppage) Samurai FC 2: Warrior's Return December 12, 2009 2 5:00 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 10–3 Roberta Torno Submission (armbar) Jungle Fight 16 October 17, 2009 1 1:47 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 9–3 Mahalia Rocha de Morais Submission (armbar) Jungle Fight 15 September 19, 2009 1 4:28 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–3 Germaine de Randamie Submission (armbar) Revolution Fight Club 2 December 19, 2008 1 3:36 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 7–3 Roxanne Modafferi TKO (knees) Fatal Femmes Fighting 4: Call of the Wild April 3, 2008 3 0:53 Los Angeles, California, United States For FFF bantamweight title.
Win 7–2 Hitomi Akano Decision (split) Fatal Femmes Fighting 3: War of the Roses November 3, 2007 5 3:00 Ontario, California, United States
Win 6–2 Tonya Evinger Submission (armbar) Fatal Femmes Fighting 2: Girls Night Out July 14, 2007 1 2:14 Compton, California, United States
Win 5–2 Juliana Werner Aguiar Submission (arm-triangle choke) Super Challenge 1 October 7, 2006 1 1:20 Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil
Win 4–2 Ana Maria Índia Submission (rear-naked choke) Gold Fighters Championship 1 May 20, 2006 2 4:45 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 3–2 Cristiane Justino Decision (unanimous) Storm Samurai 9 November 20, 2005 3 5:00 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 3–1 Juliana Werner Aguiar Technical submission (arm-triangle choke) Storm Samurai 8 July 2, 2005 1 0:33 Brasília, Brazil
Win 2–1 Juliana Werner Aguiar TKO (punches) Champions Night 12 May 6, 2005 1 4:08 Marília, São Paulo, Brazil
Win 1–1 Elaine de Lima Submission (armbar) Body Fight 2 April 2, 2005 1 1:01 Maringá, Paraná, Brazil
Loss 0–1 Carina Damm Decision (unanimous) Barra Submission Wrestling February 19, 2005 2 5:00 São João da Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


  1. ^ "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kyle Nagel (2012-07-13). "Fight path: struggling to get fights, Vanessa Porto thankful for all-female Invicta 2". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  3. ^ Josh Gross, Dave Mandel (2007-07-15). "Ward wins while eying Mega Megu". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  4. ^ Tatame Staff (2007-11-06). "Vanessa Porto vence no Fatal Femmes" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  5. ^ Robert Sargent (2009-11-04). "Roxanne Modafferi’s Journey To Strikeforce". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  6. ^ Robert Sargent (2011-10-31). "Vanessa Porto, Hannah Stephens Earn Weekend Victories". Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  7. ^ Robert Sargent (2012-03-11). "Vanessa Porto, Kalindra Faria Capture Titles At Pink Fight 2". Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  8. ^ Mick Hammond (2012-07-26). "After four years away, Vanessa Porto returns to US at Invicta FC 2". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  9. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2012-06-25). "Invicta FC 2 update: Sarah D'Alelio replaces Kelly Kobold, faces Vanessa Porto on July 28". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  10. ^ Chris Leslie (2012-07-28). "Invicta FC 2 recap: McMann victorious in instant classic, Davis crushes Akano". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  11. ^ Brian Hemminger (2012-10-07). "Invicta FC 3 results recap: Penne crowned inaugural Invicta champion, Baszler shines". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  12. ^ Jeff Cain (2013-04-06). "Invicta FC 5 results: Michelle Waterson and Barb Honchak capture titles". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  13. ^ "INVICTA FC 7 COMING TO KANSAS CITY ON DECEMBER 7TH". 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  14. ^ Robert Sargent (2013-10-11). "Vanessa Porto Faces Zoila Frausto Gurgel At Invicta FC 7". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  15. ^ Primeiro Round Staff (2011-11-04). "Vanessa Porto fala sobre vitória no Kumite MMA" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  16. ^ "Jogos abertos 2011: cerimonial de premiação (boxe)" (PDF) (in Portuguese). 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  17. ^ "Invicta FC 3 weigh-in results; Atomweight title bout set". 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2013-08-27.