Victoria Leonardo



Second straight knockout loss
August 7, 2021
Leonardo lost to Melissa Gatto via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2 at UFC 265 on Saturday in Houston.
Leonardo earned her UFC opportunity with a TKO win over Chelsea Hackett on Dana White's Contender Series last November, but she has since gone on to be knocked out in each of her first two UFC bouts in a span of less than six months. Displaying below-average cardio and a lack of technical awareness, Leonardo found herself on the defensive for most of the bout. She informed her corner at the end of Round 2 that her right arm was "not working." She said she could continue, by the doctor came in and looked at it and immediately said it was broken and the fight was called off. Leonardo appeared well on her way to dropping a decision anyway, and there is no guarantee she gets a third chance with the company given her struggles her first two times out.
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Second UFC fight set
May 24, 2021
Leonardo will take on Melissa Gatto in a flyweight bout at UFC 265 on August 7, Raphael Marinho of reports.
Leonardo will be looking to bounce back after dropping her UFC debut to Manon Fiorot back in January. She will be taking on a fighter who will be making her UFC debut two years later than originally planned. Gatto has a 6-0-2 professional record, compared to Leonardo's 8-3-0 mark.
Outclassed in UFC debut
January 20, 2021
Leonardo lost to Manon Fiorot via TKO (strikes) at 4:08 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
Leonardo was all out of sorts early on, as the difference in the striking between the two was easily identified. While her toughness can't be denied, she struggled to return any effective offense with consistency. The accumulation of damage finally reached at tipping point in the final minutes of Round 2, as she ate a huge head kick that was followed by another series of shots. The Contender Series product falls to 0-1 in the UFC.
Now facing Manon Fiorot
December 26, 2020
Leonardo is now set to face Manon Fiorot on Jan. 20, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Leonardo had been set to face Natalia Silva on Jan. 30, but Silva withdrew with an undisclosed injury. She'll now fight 10 days earlier against a fellow debutant in Fiorot.
No longer scheduled to fight Silva
December 24, 2020
Leonardo is no longer slated to fight Natalia Silva on Jan. 30 because of an undisclosed injury suffered by Silva, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Leonardo is now in search of a replacement fighter to take on in her UFC debut. It's currently unknown if Leonardo and Silva will try and book another fight for a future date.
UFC debut on tap
November 22, 2020
Leonardo will take on Natalia Silva in a flyweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Jan. 30, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Leonardo earned a UFC contract Nov. 17 when she defeated Chelsea Hackett via TKO (ground and pound) at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. The promotion will waste little time getting her booked for her first fight. She'll take on Silva, who will also be making her UFC debut after winning her last six MMA fights. She most recently defeated Joice Mara via submission (armbar) in December of 2019. Leonardo carries a slight advantage in height.