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An Exclusive Interview With Brazilian Standout Vanessa Porto

An Exclusive Interview With Brazilian Standout Vanessa Porto

By Cole Vick on October 17, 2013


Vanessa Porto is a Standout Brazilian

powerhouse, she has an astounding body of

work in her Native land of Brazil as well as here in the States. The 8 year veteran made her

transition to the United States in July of 2012

against some of the strongest names in the

Womens Bantamweight Division of Invicta

Fighting Championship. Porto now fights at the Womens Flyweight

division, and is adequately ranked number 3 in

the division. She recently had one of the

toughest fights seen on the Invicta cage Against

Flyweight champion Barb Honchak at Invicta 5

on April 5th of this year. At the young age of 30, Vanessa porto has

fought some of the strongest names in the

Womens Bantamweight and Womens Flyweight


This striking and jiu jitsu ace has a

phemonenal skillset and an endless gas tank. She clip_image002

brings excitement and intensity every time she

steps into the octagon, no matter the result on

the judges scorecards. In 2012, shortly before

starting her Invicta FC career, Porto held the

Pink Fight Bantamweight belt in an amazing

fight with Luana Teixeira ending the fight by

second round knockout. Porto is very well

rounded, and brings many danger for any

opponent that is placed in front of her


CV: Hello Vanessa, I hope all is going well in

your training, and I want to thank you for the

time out out of your training to conduct this

interview. To start things off, What got you into


Vanessa: I Always participated in sports, and

when I started training jiu jitsu in 2004 , my

Master Pedro Iglesias saw that I had a talent for

fighting.And I was encouraged to attend MMA



CV: Most of your career, you fought at Womens

Bantamweight.You now fight at Womens

Featherweight. You have had a lot of success in

both divisions, do you have any aspirations to

return to this weight class?

Vanessa: I have no preference by category , I

have fought both in 125 and in the 135.out of

my 21 fights I have been in 19 of them at 135

“To clarify, I believe that Vanessa is saying she

just got to the 125 lb weight class and wants to

see what the division has to offer before going


CV: In your fight career,you have secured

victories in all of the possible ways,which are

knockout, submission and judges scorecards. I

feel as though you are a well rounded fighter,

and your record reflects it. Of all your methods

of victory, which would you say is your favorite

way to finish a fight?

Vanessa: I love the KO, it is the most exciting

way to finish the fight

CV: All of your loses have come to established

fighters, including current champs Barb

Honchak and Cyborg Santos. Of all of your

losses, which one would you most like to


Vanessa: Barb Honchak! I know I did not lose

that fight, despite having been a exelente fight, I

would love to do a rematch

CV: Despite being 1-1 at 125 lbs, you are

currently ranked as the #3 Flyweight in WMMA

by the Unified WMMA rankings. Do you think

that gives you an argument for another title shot

against the winner of Honchak and Smith, or do

you feel that there is someone else ahead of you

in the IFC Flyweight rankings who should get the next


Vanessa: I feel really good , and I’m prepared to

fight for the belt , but this largely depends on the

event and those who fights who at the next


CV: Your next fight is up against Zoila Frausto

Gurgel. Gurgel is known for her grinding style,

but you’re known for your aggressiveness. Have

you been working on keeping the fight standing

to suit your preference or are you ok with it

turning into a grappling match?

Vanessa: I am training intensively on my muay

thai and boxing for this fight. I am prepared to

take this fight wherever it needs to go.

I am going into this fight very different.

CV: You fought in Brazilian promotions for the

majority of your career. Is there a difference in

fighting in Brazil, and fighting over here in the


Vanessa: I think it depends on the training of

every athlete . Both in Brazil and in the U.S. has

made great fights with great athletes.

CV: In the last year, UFC created the first

female division in the companies history. What

are your thoughts on the landscape of WMMA.

on its progression and its growth? where do you

see WMMA in the future?

Vanessa: I see it very well … A great evolution

for female MMA .

CV: Where are you currently training, and who

are your training partners. Also, have you added

anyone special to prepare for your upcoming


Vanessa: I’m in Litlle Falls NJ , at Academy

MMAUNIVERSITY, I am Training with Ricardo

Ruiz , Bob , among others, but my training

partner everyday is my Master Pedro Iglesias

CV: I see you have had a lot of success in

amateur boxing. do you feel as though that

presents an advantage for you in this upcoming


Vanessa: Yes! any advantage in a fight can be

capitalized upon with proper training. and the

better the competition, the better the fight itself

CV: . Does being married to your trainer present

advantages in your training or disadvantages as a

fighter and in your personal life?

Vanessa: Its just another day at the office. I am a

professional, and the staff knows me. I imagine

that would put everything into perspective in the


CV: You set an example to the young women

aspiring to be professional athletes. What advice

would you give to a young woman watching

your career and progression aspiring to be a

respected fighter like yourself?

Vanessa: Keep your focus and determination on

your goal, always. Never let it out of your reach!

CV: Do you find it more or less comfortable

fighting in an all women’s mma promotion?

Vanessa: way more comfortable! Because it is

100 % better media exposure.

CV: Do you have any final comments?

Vanessa: I appreciate the offer to speak with

you. Have a great day.

-Joe Calderon contributed to this interview.