Jennifer Maia


Title shot date set
August 7, 2020
Maia will take on Valentina Shevchenko of the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Maia deserves all the respect in the world for dealing with her troubles on the scales and making it this far, but she's going to enter as a heavy betting underdog against one of the UFC's most dominant champions. Shevchenko will have height and reach advantages, and despite coming off an injury, she should have the edge in just about every aspect of MMA. This is the fight game where anything can happen, but the deck is certainly stacked against Maia here.
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Receiving flyweight title shot
August 2, 2020
Maia will receive the next title shot against reigning flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko at an unspecified UFC event after defeating Joanne Calderwood on Saturday, Damon Martin of reports.
Calderwood was previously lined up for the flyweight title shot, but Maia's submission victory Saturday catapulted her into receiving a title shot of her own. The specifics of the bout should be ironed out over the coming weeks, and Shevchenko figures to be a heavy favorite given her utter domination at 125 pounds to this point.
Excellent jiu-jitsu leads to win
August 1, 2020
Maia defeated Joanne Calderwood via submission (armbar) at 4:29 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Maia looked to be getting the better of a few brief striking exchanges early, but Calderwood caught one of her kicks and turned it into a takedown. Maia showed excellent jiu-jitsu off her back, eventually working in an armbar that led to the fight-ending tap. The impressive move will also earn her a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Maia has excellent size for the flyweight division and will be a dangerous threat to any ranked fighter, provided her struggles on the scale are finally in the past. She should get a top-5 opponent her next time out.
Weight missing streak ends
July 31, 2020
Maia weighed in at 124.5 pounds for her scheduled flyweight matchup against Joanne Calderwood at UFC Vegas 5 on Saturday.
Normally a fighter simply making their contractually agreed upon mark isn't newsworthy, but considering Maia missed her mark for her last two fights against Roxanne Modaferri and Katlyn Chookagian, this was a big step. Not only did Maia come in 1.5 pounds under the flyweight limit for a non-title fight, but she was the very first fighter on the scales Friday morning. This bodes well for her immediate chances of staying in the flyweight division, as many were calling for a move up to bantamweight after her last miss. Looking ahead, Maia sits as approximately a (+125) betting underdog for her Saturday matchup against Calderwood.
New opponent on schedule
July 20, 2020
Maia will take on Joanne Calderwood instead of Viviane Araujo at the Aug. 1 UFC event after Araujo tested positive for COVID-19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Maia took a loss to Katlyn Chookagian via unanimous decision in her first taste of a pay-per-view card. While the next bout won't be in the same light, it could go a long way to get Maia back on that path. Calderwood entering the picture on short notice could work in the favor of Maia, who has been in full preparation mode with less than two weeks remaining before the fight.
Fight moved to August
June 17, 2020
Maia's fight against Viviane Araujo will move to August 1 due to travel restrictions, reports.
Both fighters are currently still grounded in Brazil due to travel restrictions. The fight is still expected to take place at UFC Apex. Maia is coming off a decision loss to Katlyn Chookagian in November.