Livinha Souza
The Brazilian Gangster

Brazil

Inconsistent ways continue
StrawweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Souza lost to Amanda Lemos via TKO (punches) at 3:39 of Round 1 at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Souza entered the company with some helium back in September 2018 after winning and defending the Invicta Strawweight Championship, but the results in the UFC have been inconsistent, to say the least. Much better on the mat than the feet, Souza struggles in striking exchanges and that was in full display in this one. Lemos clocked her with countless power shots and Souza had no answers. It's too early to write off the 29-year-old Brazilian, but this looks like a classic case of a competitor beating up on fringe fighters and eventually being exposed when the competition level rises. Souza is 1-2 in her past three bouts after picking up a pair of wins to begin her UFC run.
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Matched against Amanda Lemos
StrawweightUFC
January 8, 2021
Souza (shin) will take on Amanda Lemos at UFC 259 on March 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Souza had been scheduled to take on Kanako Murata on Nov. 14 but was forced to withdraw due to a bruised shin. Now healthy, she'll get the chance to try to earn her second win in a row against a fellow Brazilian in Lemos who will be looking for her third straight victory.
Withdraws with shin injury
StrawweightUFC
November 5, 2020
Souza withdrew Thursday from her upcoming fight against Kanako Murata due to a shin injury, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Per Raphael Marinho of Combate.com, Souza suffered nothing worse than a bruise and is expected to be ready to fight again in January, but she won't be ready to take on Murata in mid-November. Randa Markos will take Souza's place against Murata.
Will fight in November
StrawweightUFC
August 19, 2020
Souza will be taking on Kanako Murata at the UFC event on November 14, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Souza is coming off a win over Ashley Yoder last weekend. She will look to bring her record with the promotion to 4-1.
Barely gets by Ashley Yoder
StrawweightUFC
August 15, 2020
Souza defeated Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a thoroughly underwhelming performance from Souza in a fight in which she entered as a substantial (-190) favorite. The Brazilian landed some devastating leg kicks, but she was one-and-done most of the night. Souza attempted just 95 total strikes (70 landed) compared to 176 (89 landed) from Yoder. Souza has eight career wins via submission, but her overall awareness on the mat is poor. Quite frankly, she was lucky to emerge with a win here. Souza is rocking a 3-1 record since joining the UFC in September 2018, but the vast majority of her performances have been subpar. The 29-year-old needs to take a step forward her next time out.
Returns against Ashley Yoder
StrawweightUFC
June 4, 2020
Souza will take on Ashley Yoder in a strawweight matchup at UFC 252 on August 15 in Las Vegas, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Souza is a well-regarded prospect that is 2-1 to start her time with the UFC after a run in Invicta, where she was once strawweight champion. She most recently took her second professional loss, falling to Brianna Van Buren in July of 2019 via decision. Souza was then scheduled for a date with Virna Jandiroba in December, but withdrew in late-November due to a back injury and has been sidelined ever since. Souza gets an opponent in Yoder who is 2-4 with the company and coming off a loss as well, as she was bested by Randa Markos via split decision last October.