LAS VEGAS — After a three-fight skid to start her UFC tenure, Priscila Cachoeira was on thin ice for a roster spot.
The Brazilian started her professional career 8-0, but was submitted by current women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko in her promotional debut in 2018. After that, she lost decisions to current fan favorite Molly McCann and Luana Carolina for three straight losses.
But in February 2020, she finally broke through with a bonus-winning 40-second knockout of Shana Dobson in New Zealand. And after stumbling with a weight cut later that year, she knocked out Gina Mazany in May 2021 for two straight matches.
In February, Cachoeira rebounded from a loss to Gillian Robertson with a victory over Ji Yeon Kim, giving her three wins from four fights – and confidence that she belongs on the UFC roster.
On Saturday, Cachoeira (11-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) meets Ariane Lipski (14-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) to open the main card at UFC on ESPN 40 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.
Check out Cachoeira’s full interview from media day in the video above.
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