Jennifer Maia


Looks to bounce back against Eye
March 24, 2021
Maia (nose) is being targeted for a fight with Jessica Eye at the UFC event scheduled for July 10, reports.
Maia last appeared in the Octagon in a title shot against Valentina Shevchenko back in November, and the fact that she made it all five rounds against a dominant champion is impressive in its own right. The Brazilian did suffer a possible broken nose in that matchup, which explains why she's been on the sidelines since. She now draws a fighter in Eye on a two-fight losing streak, and this matchup is likely to determine who stays relevant in the 125-pound division. The two do have a recent common opponent in Joanne Calderwood -- Maia submitted her in the first round and Eye lost a decision. Eye holds two-inch height and reach advantages, but look for Maia to enter as the betting favorite here.
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Possible broken nose
November 23, 2020
Maia has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a physician's clearance of a nasal fracture, reports.
Maia lasted all five rounds against one of the most dominant champions on the roster on Saturday, but was taken down five times in the contest and absorbed 62 significant strikes. it appears she suffered a broken nose over the course of the bout, and will need to get that cleared up before booking another fight with the company.
Battles before inevitable sets in
November 21, 2020
Maia came up short in her quest for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship, falling to Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 46-49) at UFC 255 in Las Vegas.
She didn't win, but Maia performed considerably better than most anyone expected. She managed to actually win a round from Shevchenko, something we have rarely seen since she became queen of the women's flyweight division. The issue for Maia was that she failed to generate much of anything offensively. Even the round she won mostly consisted of her pinning Valentina to the mat so her opponent couldn't land any offense of her own. Maia's greatest attribute is her physical strength and that was on full display in this fight. Maia should be proud of her performance but there's nothing to suggest she's any sort of a legitimate title contender at 125 pounds. The Brazilian falls to 3-3 in her first half dozen UFC bouts.
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.
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.