It was February 2005 when Vanessa Porto first entered mixed martial arts. Sixteen years later she has finally found a major promotion to call home.
The now former InvictaFC champion is currently the most experienced female fighter on the roster, making her MMA debut three months before Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. Both would actually face each other their rookie years. It was only a matter of time before Bellator heard her call.
“Being on top of the flyweight division is just result of my hard work all these years since I started on martial arts,” Porto told us. “Signing with Bellator was one of my dreams and I am glad my managers Giulliano Gallupi and Xicao Joly made this happened.”
“All these years gave me a lot experience but not only in the fight business but in life too. I witnessed doors open and a lot doors close in the MMA business, I did one boxing match that was something I really wanted to do. I did memorable fights that are on history forever like my fights against Cris Cyborg, Hitomi Akano, Amanda Nunes, Germaine de Randamie.”
In what is a loaded division with a lot of fresh faces, Porto expressed her excitement on being a part of it. Her first test will be another veteran fighter in Liz Carmouche. Compounded on facing a tough test off the bat, Porto is coming off a year and a half lay off from fighting. She feels the match won’t show it and expects a strategic fight.
“I have too much experience (to have ring rust) and been won’t change anything for me. I think (Carmouche) is a great fighter but we have different fight style.”
Coming in on a three fight win streak and being a former champion, a win doesn’t mean she will be calling out champion Juliana Velasquez immediately.
I am not rushing to fight for the title, I came to Bellator to be a champion but I wont rush or ask for the belt, I always fought each fight and never think about the next”
Porto would like to thank God for her health, and her husband and head coach Pedro. She would like to thank Scott Coker for the opportunity to fight in the best organization in the world. She would also like to say thank you to her managers Giulliano Gallupi and Xicao Joly and her sponsors Milcar Veiculos and MTT Training Center.