Vanessa De Melo Silva (born March 27, 1988) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division of Professional Fighters League (PFL). She is most known for her time spent fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
|Born||March 27, 1988|
Taboão da Serra, São Paulo, Brazil
|Other names||Miss Simpatia|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||136.5 lb (62 kg; 9 st 11 lb)|
|Reach||65.0 in (165 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Team||Babuino Gold Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed Martial Arts CareerEdit
Melo started her mma career fighting in various promotions in Brazil and amassed a record of 10–5 prior signed by UFC.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Melo was welcomed into the UFC as a short-notice replacement by Irene Aldana at UFC on September 21, 2019. At the weigh-ins, Melo weighed in at 140 pounds, 4 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136. She was fined 30% of her purse and her bout with Aldana proceeded at a catchweight. Aldana won the fight by unanimous decision.
Melo's next fight was again a late-replacement fight against Tracy Cortez on November 11, 2019 in Sao Paulo at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré. At the weigh-ins, Cortez and Melo both missed weight for their fight, both weighing in at 136.5 pounds, 0.5 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136. The bout was initially proceeded at a catchweight and no fine was issued due to identical misses. However, later on the same day, Brazil's athletic commission (CABMMA) executive director Cristiano Sampaio announced that due to an error of the scale used at the weight-ins was set was 0.7 pounds above the official scale and thus both fighters were officially clear from missing weight and the bout proceeded at bantamweight. Melo lost the bout by unanimous decision.
Melo was scheduled to face Sarah Moras on November 7, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 182. However, Moras tested positive for COVID-19 and the bout was postponed to take place at UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar on January 16, 2021. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
On February 4, 2021, it was announced that Melo was released from her UFC contract.
Professional Fighters LeagueEdit
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Standout Fighting Tournament
- SFT Flyweight Championship
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||11 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||11–10||Olena Kolesnyk||Decision (unanimous)||PFL 6||July 1, 2022||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||11–9||Martina Jindrová||Decision (unanimous)||PFL 3||May 6, 2022||3||5:00||Arlington, Texas, United States||Lightweight debut.|
|Win||11–8||Sarah Moras||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar||January 16, 2021||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||10–8||Karol Rosa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 251||July 11, 2020||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Catchweight (141 lb) bout; Melo missed weight.|
|Loss||10–7||Tracy Cortez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré||November 16, 2019||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||10–6||Irene Aldana||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Stephens||September 21, 2019||3||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico||Catchweight (140 lb) bout; Melo missed weight.|
|Win||10–5||Jan Finney||Decision (unanimous)||Battlefield FC 2||July 27, 2019||3||5:00||Macau, SAR, China|
|Win||9–5||Mariana Morais||Decision (split)||Future FC 5||May 24, 2019||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Return to Bantamweight.|
|Win||8–5||Nilde Trindade||Decision (unanimous)||Future FC 2||February 22, 2019||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||7–5||Daiane Firmino||Decision (split)||SFT 6||October 27, 2018||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Won vacant SFT Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–5||Núbia Santos do Nascimento||Decision (unanimous)||SFT 5||September 29, 2018||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||5–5||Suvi Salmimies||Decision (split)||Cage 37||November 26, 2017||3||5:00||Helsinki, Finland||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||5–4||Molly McCann||Decision (unanimous)||XFC International 12||November 28, 2015||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||4–4||Juliana Leite||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gold Fight 7||September 26, 2015||1||4:01||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||3–4||Silvana Gómez Juárez||Decision (unanimous)||XFC International 8||December 13, 2014||3||5:00||Campinas, Brazil||Return to Flyweight.|
|Loss||3–3||Vanessa Guimarães||Decision (split)||XFC International 6||September 27, 2014||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||For the XFC Strawweight Championship.|
|Win||3–2||Gloria Bravo||Decision (unanimous)||XFC International 3||March 29, 2014||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Strawweight debut.|
|Win||2–2||Suelen Pereira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Circuito Talent de MMA 5||November 23, 2013||1||3:37||São Paulo, Brazil||Flyweight bout.|
|Loss||1–2||Juliana Werner||Decision (unanimous)||MMA Super Heroes 1||July 13, 2013||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Flyweight bout.|
|Loss||1–1||Camila Lima||TKO (punches)||CT Fight||May 19, 2012||1||3:46||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Natalie Santos||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Stars||September 14, 2011||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
- Shawn Bitter (June 29, 2020), Welcome to the UFC: Vanessa Melo, Cageside Press
- Sherdog.com. "Vanessa". Sherdog. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
- Diego Ribas (2019-09-11). "Vanessa 'Miss Sympathy' replaces Marion Reneau to fight at UFC Mexico". esportes.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2019-09-11. (in Portuguese)
- Alexander K. Lee (2019-09-20). "UFC Mexico City weigh-in results: Short-notice replacement Vanessa Melo misses weight by four pounds". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
- "UFC on ESPN+ 17 results: Irene Aldana's volume overwhelms newcomer Vanessa Melo". MMA Junkie. 2019-09-22. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
- With Duda Santana out, Tracy Cortez now meets Vanessa Melo at UFC Sao Paulo, MMA Junkie, October 29, 2019
- Staff (2019-11-15). "UFC Sao Paulo Weigh-In Results: Main Event Official". cagesidepress. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
- Guilherme Cruz (2019-11-15). "Commission: Tracy Cortez, Vanessa Melo did not miss weight for UFC Sao Paulo, error due to scale issue". mmafghting. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
- Shillan, Keith (2019-11-16). "UFC Sao Paulo Results: Tracy Cortez Wrestles Her Way to Victory in Octagon Debut". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
- Cruz, Guilherme (2020-06-11). "Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo added to UFC 251". MMAFighting. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
- Fuentes, Jon (2020-07-11). "UFC 251 Results: Karol Rosa Outclasses Vanessa Melo". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
- ATSteveDuncan (2020-08-14). "Vanessa Melo vs. Sarah Moras agregado al evento del 7 de Noviembre". MMA.uno , #1 En noticias de Artes Marciales Mixtas (MMA) en Español. (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-08-14.
- John Hyon Ko (December 26, 2020). Sarah Moras ready to capitalize on holes in Vanessa Melo's style. South China Morning Post – via YouTube.
- Jay Anderson (2021-01-16). "UFC Fight Island 7 Results: Vanessa Melo Earns First UFC Win Against Sarah Moras". cagesidepress. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
- Guillherme Cruz, Damon Martin (2021-02-04). "TUF Brazil winner Antonio Carlos Junior, 11 others no longer under contract with UFC". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
- "Harrison, Cooper to headline PFL3 event". ESPN.com. 2022-04-05. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
- "Gleison Tibau é superado por pontos em decisão polêmica; Vanessa Melo estreia com derrota na PFL #3". SUPER LUTAS (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2022-05-06. Retrieved 2022-05-07.
- "Harrison gets toughest test yet vs. Budd at PFL 6". ESPN.com. 2022-06-01. Retrieved 2022-06-01.
- Fareli, Gabriel (2022-07-01). "Com atuação apagada, Vanessa Melo é derrotada por ucraniana no card preliminar da PFL 6 2022". SUPER LUTAS (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2022-07-02.
- Venessa Melo Profile, Tapology