Priscila Cachoeira
Pedrita
Set to fight at UFC London in March
BantamweightUFC
November 21, 2018
Cachoeira (knee) is slated to fight Molly McCann at UFC London on March 16, Guilherme Cruz and Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
Shortly after suffering the first loss of her MMA career in Belem, Brazil back in February, Cachoeira required surgery to repair the torn meniscus she sustained during the match. "Pedrita" was hopeful to make it back to the Octagon by December, but she'll instead take some additional time to recuperate from surgery make her return from a 13-month absence in London. Cachoeira (8-1) will be facing another fighter looking to bounce back in McCann (7-2), who also lost her UFC debut back in May against Gillian Robertson.
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Targeting December return
BantamweightUFC
August 11, 2018
Cachoeira's trainer told Guillherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com that she has resumed training and is hoping for a December return.
ANALYSIS
Cachoeira took an opportunity that proved to be too much, too soon against Valentina Shevchenko, and she ultimately paid the price for it. Shevchenko dealt her a sustained beating over two rounds before finally submitting her via rear-naked choke. Cachoeira absorbed 230 total strikes in that matchup, but part of the reason she was unable to mount a defense may have been the knee injury. Following February surgery, "Pedrita" is now ready to take the next steps in her fighting career. At 8-1, the soon-to-be 30-year-old has plenty of room to grow, provided she's given reasonable opponents to hone her skills against.
Knee surgery on tap
BantamweightUFC
February 13, 2018
Cachoeira will undergo knee surgery Friday and is expecting to receive clearance to resume training in six months, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cachoeira apparently suffered the knee injury just seconds into the fight, so there is more than inexperience to blame for the fact she took a severe beatdown at the hands of UFC veteran Valentina Shevchenko. Given the injury, however, it would be unfair to form an opinion of her career trajectory based on this performance alone. With the timeline provided, Cachoeira can resume training in roughly mid-August, and potentially book her next fight in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Suffers significant knee injury in Belem
BantamweightUFC
February 4, 2018
Cachoeira suffered a torn meniscus and ACL in her right knee during her bout with Valentina Shevchenko at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cachoeira did not fare well in her UFC debut, losing via submission in Round 2 to Shevchenko in Belem, Brazil on Saturday. With Sunday's report, it appears that her especially poor performance is likely attributable to the fact that she was fighting through a severely-injured knee for a majority of the bout. Cachoeira will undergo surgery on her knee in the near future and should be considered out indefinitely as she recovers from the procedure.
Shows virtually no offense in her UFC debut
BantamweightUFC
February 3, 2018
Cachoeira lost to Valentina Shevchenko via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:25 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Belem, Brazil
ANALYSIS
Cachoeira had virtually no offense in this fight. Per FightMetric, she was outlanded 230 to 3 on total strikes. This fight should have been stopped on multiple occasions, but the referee allowed the fight to continue. This was Cachoeira's UFC debut, and it did not look like she belonged in the same cage as Shevchenko.
Draws Valentina Shevchenko for UFC debut
BantamweightUFC
December 12, 2017
Cachoeira will face Valentina Shevchenko in a flyweight fight at UFC Fight Night 127 on Feb. 3 in Belem, Brazil, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cachoeira will make her promotional debut against a tough opponent in Shevchenko. After competing in TUF 26 and not being able to compete against Lauren Murphy in the Finale due to visa issue, "Pedrita" will finally enter the Octagon under the UFC banner. The Brazil native boasts an undefeated 8-0 record with four KO/TKOs.