Viviane Araújo (fighter)

Viviane Araújo Gomes (born November 21, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. She is a former Pancrase strawweight champion and currently competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of September 19, 2023, she is #11 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.[7]

Viviane Araújo
BornViviane Araújo Gomes[1]
(1986-11-21) November 21, 1986 (age 36)
Ceilândia, Federal District, Brazil[2]
Other namesVivi
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Reach68 in (173 cm) [3]
Fighting out ofCeilândia, Federal District, Brazil
TeamCerrado MMA (2015–present)[4]
Companhia Athetica
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5] under Léo Vieira[citation needed]
Black belt in Luta Livre[6]
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission4
By decision4
By knockout1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background Edit

Araújo started playing soccer and spent much of her time away from home to forget about problems at home after witnessing her alcoholic father beating her mother on a daily basis. She later started Brazilian jiu-jitsu and fell in love with the sport after an invitation from her jiu-jitsu coach. She later became a jiu-jitsu teacher and transitioned to mixed martial arts as she was tired of watching her father abuse her mother. Araújo uses the octagon as the platform to voice her support to reach victims of domestic violence.[8]

“The UFC is such a gigantic and powerful platform. A word from a woman can change your life and self-esteem. We have so many people going through things like that that I felt the need to talk about it. We’re suffering with domestic violence and violence against women. I lived that reality since I was a kid. I’ve suffered with that, and I managed to turn the table with sports. My mom is a warrior."[9]

Mixed martial arts career Edit

Early career Edit

Araújo fought most of her early mixed martial arts career primarily in Brazil and Japan, notably under Jungle Fight and Pancrase where she was the Strawweight Queen of Pancrase prior being signed by the UFC.[10][11][12]

Ultimate Fighting Championship Edit

Araújo made her UFC debut and faced Talita Bernardo, replacing Melissa Gatto, on May 11, 2019 at UFC 237.[13] She won the fight via knockout in the third round.[14]

Her second fight came on July 27, 2019 at UFC 240, against Alexis Davis.[15] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Araújo faced Jessica Eye on December 14, 2019 at UFC 245[17] At the weigh-ins, Eye weighed 131 lbs., five lbs. over the Flyweight limit of 126 lbs. She forfeited 30% of her fight purse to Araújo.[18] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Araújo was scheduled to meet Jennifer Maia on June 27, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 11.[20] However, the bout was rescheduled in mid-June to take place on August 1, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Aldana after both participants faced travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] Subsequently, Araújo was removed from the card in mid-July after testing positive for COVID-19 and replaced by Joanne Calderwood.[22]

Araújo faced Montana De La Rosa on September 5, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 176.[23] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Araújo was briefly scheduled to face Roxanne Modafferi on January 30, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 20.[25] However, the fight was rescheduled and took place 10 days earlier at UFC Fight Night 185 instead.[26] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

Araújo faced Katlyn Chookagian on May 15, 2021 at UFC 262.[28] She lost the bout via unanimous decision.[29]

Araújo was expected to face Alexa Grasso on January 22, 2022 at UFC 270.[30] However, Araújo was forced to pull out form the event due to injury,[31] and the bout was cancelled.[32]

Araújo faced Andrea Lee on May 14, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 36.[33] Despite surviving an early knockdown, Araújo won the bout via unanimous decision.[34]

Araújo was rescheduled to face Alexa Grasso on August 13, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 41.[35] However, the bout was cancelled due to Grasso's visa issues.[36] The pair was yet again rescheduled on October 15, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 212.[37] Araújo lost the fight via unanimous decision.[38]

Araújo faced Amanda Ribas on March 4, 2023 at UFC 285.[39] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[40]

Araújo was scheduled to face Casey O'Neill on September 9, 2023 at UFC 293.[41] However, O'Neill pulled out due to injury, and Araújo was rebooked against Jennifer Maia for October 14, 2023 at UFC Fight Night 230.[42]

Championships and accomplishments Edit

Mixed martial arts Edit

Mixed martial arts record Edit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 11 wins 5 losses
By knockout 3 1
By submission 4 0
By decision 4 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–5 Amanda Ribas Decision (unanimous) UFC 285 March 4, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–4 Alexa Grasso Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Araújo October 15, 2022 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–3 Andrea Lee Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Błachowicz vs. Rakić May 14, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 Katlyn Chookagian Decision (unanimous) UFC 262 May 15, 2021 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 10–2 Roxanne Modafferi Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Chiesa vs. Magny January 20, 2021 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 9–2 Montana De La Rosa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Sakai September 5, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–2 Jessica Eye Decision (unanimous) UFC 245 December 14, 2019 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (131 lb) bout; Eye missed weight.
Win 8–1 Alexis Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC 240 July 27, 2019 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Flyweight debut.
Win 7–1 Talita Bernardo KO (punch) UFC 237 May 11, 2019 3 0:48 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bantamweight debut.
Win 6–1 Emi Fujino TKO (doctor stoppage) Pancrase 298 August 5, 2018 3 0:19 Tokyo, Japan Won the vacant Pancrase Strawweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Ayaka Miura TKO (eye injury) Pancrase 290 October 8, 2017 1 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–1 Deize Mayelem de Lima Araújo Submission (armbar) Iron Fight Combat 11 July 29, 2017 1 4:27 Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil
Loss 3–1 Sarah Frota TKO (punches) NP Fight Brazil 6 April 15, 2017 1 2:11 Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil For the NPF Strawweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Elaine Leal Submission (armbar) Jungle Fight 90 September 3, 2016 3 2:38 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Win 2–0 Bianca de Araújo Carvalho Submission (armbar) Federal Gladiators Combat 1 November 7, 2015 1 3:55 Brasília, Federal District, Brazil
Win 1–0 Ana Karla Morais Submission (heel hook) Fight K: Águia October 11, 2015 1 3:35 Gama, Federal District, Brazil Strawweight debut.


See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ UFC 245 results
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  3. ^ a b "Stats | UFC". Retrieved 2019-12-14.
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  6. ^ @viviaraujomma (November 18, 2021). "•Luta Livre Black Belt•🥋". Retrieved October 22, 2022 – via Instagram.
  7. ^ "UFC Rankings, Division Rankings, P4P rankings, UFC Champions |". Retrieved 2023-09-19.
  8. ^ "Viviane Araujo wants to use UFC platform to reach victims of domestic violence: 'I lived that reality since I was a kid'". IKUSA. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
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  10. ^ a b "Viviane". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  11. ^ a b Li, Lee (2018-08-05). "Pancrase 298 delivered KOs, grapple feats and a new Queen: Viviane Araujo". Asia MMA. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  12. ^ a b "Viviane Araujo Seized Her Opportunity". UFC. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  13. ^ Staff (2019-05-08). "Viviane Araujo replaces Melissa Gatto at UFC 237, will face Talita Bernardo". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  14. ^ Mercado, Eddie (2019-05-11). "UFC 237 prelims results and highlights: Carolina dominates Cachoeira, Barcelos TKO's Huachin". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
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  18. ^ Jon Fuentes (2019-12-13). "UFC 245 Weigh-In Results: All But One Fighter Makes Weight". Retrieved 2019-12-13.
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  29. ^ Anderson, Jay (2021-05-15). "UFC 262 Results: Katlyn Chookagian Outworks Viviane Araújo". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
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  33. ^ "Viviane Araújo vs. Andrea Lee Scheduled For May | Fightful News". Retrieved 2022-01-25.
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  37. ^ "Matchup Roundup: New UFC and Bellator fights announced in the past week (Aug. 8-14)". MMA Junkie. 2022-08-15. Retrieved 2022-10-16.
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  40. ^ Jay Anderson (2023-03-04). "UFC 285: Amanda Ribas surprises Viviane Araujo on the feet, wins decision". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-03-04.
  41. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (2023-06-09). "Viviane Araujo vs. Casey O'Neill booked for UFC 293 in Australia". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2023-06-09.
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