Vanessa Demopoulos

Lil Monster

USA

Matched up against Ducote
StrawweightUFC
February 9, 2024
Demopoulos will fight Emily Ducote at a UFC event scheduled for May 18, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Demopoulos has won three of her last four bouts, most recently emerging victorious over Kanako Murata in October. Demopoulos have momentum and experience on her side versus Ducote but will have to overcome a 3.5-inch reach disadvantage.
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Gifted decision by judges
StrawweightUFC
October 7, 2023
Demopoulos defeated Kanaka Murata via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
As the old saying goes, "it's better to be lucky than good." The bottom line here is that Demopoulos lost this fight and was gifted a decision by the judges. The first round was close and competitive, after that, it's impossible to see how either of the final two frames could be scored for Vanessa. To her credit, she remained aggressive throughout, but it's difficult to win a 15-minute decision when you spend 9:27 of the final 10 minutes being controlled on the mat. Demopoulos should be riding a two-fight losing streak, instead, the 35-year-old improves to 4-1 in her past five bouts.
Next bout scheduled
StrawweightUFC
July 18, 2023
Demopoulos will face off against Kanako Murata at UFC Vegas 80 on Oct. 7, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Demopoulos, who was most recently defeated by Karolina Kowalkiewicz in May, will look to bounce back against Kanako Murata. The 34-year-old American fighter, who maintains a 3-2 record in the UFC, will certainly have the experience advantage in the bout.
Drops decision after weight miss
StrawweightUFC
May 20, 2023
Demopoulos lost to Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Like Orion Cosce in the bout prior, Demopoulos became the second straight fighter to miss weight Friday morning and then not be competitive upon stepping in the Octagon a day later. Demopoulos has a crazy style of fighting. She's all over the place, particularly on the feet, and that left openings for a skilled striker such as Kowalkiewicz to take advantage of. Demopoulos attempted to get this one to the mat, but she failed on all four of her takedown attempts, meaning she was doomed to drop a decision. The 34-year-old sees a three-fight winning streak snapped with the setback.
Misses strawweight limit
StrawweightUFC
May 19, 2023
Demopoulos weighed in at 117.5 ahead of her tilt with Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC Vegas 73, missing the strawweight limit by 1.5 pounds.
ANALYSIS
Demopoulos was initially slated to fight Kowalkiewicz to try to extend her winning streak to four. The fight is reportedly still on according to MMAJunkie.com, although Demopoulos will have to forfeit 20 percent of her purse.
Kowalkiewicz up next
StrawweightUFC
February 21, 2023
Demopoulos agreed to face Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a strawweight bout at UFC's May 20 event, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Demopoulos lost her her UFC debut to JJ Aldrich in August of 2021, but she's now riding a three-fight winning streak. Kowalkiewicz is coming off a victory over Silvana Gomez Juarez in November and has won two straight bouts, which ended a run of five consecutive losses.