Jennifer Maia

Jennifer Maia

Personal Information

Full Name Jennifer Maia
Date of Birth October 6, 1998
Age 34
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg)

Jennifer Maia: A Brief Biography

Jennifer Maia is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Women's Flyweight division for the UFC. She was born on October 6, 1988, and trains at the Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil. Maia has been a professional fighter since 2009 and previously held the Invicta FC Flyweight World Champion title. Currently, she is ranked #8 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.


Latest News Update for Jennifer Maia

Jennifer Maia won her fight against Casey O'Neill at UFC 286 on March 18, 2023. She won via a unanimous decision.

UFC 286: Edwards v Usman 3
UFC 286: Maia vs. O'Neill

Jennifer Maia Facts

Birth PlaceCuritiba, Paraná, Brazil
Star SignLibra
Net Worth (2023)$500,000 (estimated)
MMA Debut2009
MMA Record21-9-1
AchievementsFormer Invicta FC Flyweight World Champion
PartnerEd Monstro
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter

Early Life and Career

Jennifer Maia, born on October 6, 1988, in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, had a passion for soccer since childhood, but at 15, she transitioned to muay Thai, winning several national titles before moving on to boxing and mixed martial arts. Her professional MMA debut was on December 5, 2009, where she won her first four fights in the first round, three of which were submissions and one TKO.

Maia's first loss was on October 28, 2011, to Vanessa Porto in a second-round armbar. However, she bounced back with a second-round submission win over Tatiane Porfirio Aguiar at Pink Fight 1 on January 29, 2012.

Maia withdrew from her scheduled rematch against Porto at Pink Fight 2 to participate in the Cage Warriors women's flyweight title tournament. At Cage Warriors Fight Night 4 on March 16, 2012, she suffered a knockout loss to Sheila Gaff in just 10 seconds.

On December 15, 2012, Maia faced Jéssica Andrade at Samurai FC 9: Water vs. Fire, winning via unanimous decision.

Jennifer Maia’s Career in Invicta FC

After winning her first Invicta FC bout in 2013 against Zoila Frausto Gurgel, Maia faced Leslie Smith in a Flyweight Championship contender's fight at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg, which she lost via unanimous decision.

She then went 2-0 on the regional scene in Brazil before returning to Invicta to face DeAnna Bennett at Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio in December 2014, losing via unanimous decision.

After going 3-0 on the regional scene once again, Maia faced Vanessa Porto in a rematch of their 2011 bout at Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown on March 11, 2016, where she won via unanimous decision to claim the interim Invicta FC Flyweight Championship.

She then successfully defended her interim title against Roxanne Modafferi on September 23, 2016, winning via split decision after Barb Honchak was stripped of her undisputed championship.

Maia then defended her undisputed championship against Agnieszka Niedźwiedź at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz on December 8, 2017, winning via unanimous decision.

She vacated her Invicta FC Flyweight Championship on July 7, 2018.

Jennifer Maia’s Career in UFC

Maia joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2018 and lost her debut fight to Liz Carmouche in July of that year.

In January 2019, she tested positive for banned substances in an out-of-competition drug test, but it was found that she had unknowingly ingested them through contaminated supplements, and she received a six-month retroactive suspension.

Maia won her next two fights in March and July 2019 against Alexis Davis and Roxanne Modafferi, respectively, but missed weight for the latter bout and was fined. In November 2019, she lost to Katlyn Chookagian and was once again penalized for missing weight. This was the first fight of her new six-fight contract with the UFC.

Maia was supposed to fight Viviane Araújo at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker on June 27, 2020, but due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight was rescheduled for August 1, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan. However, Araújo was later removed from the card after testing positive for COVID-19, and Joanne Calderwood replaced her. Maia won the fight against Calderwood via armbar submission in the first round and received the Performance of the Night award for her victory.

Maia fought Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on November 21, 2020, at UFC 255, but lost the fight via unanimous decision. She then defeated Jessica Eye via unanimous decision at UFC 264 on July 10, 2021.

Maia had a rematch with Katlyn Chookagian on January 15, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 32, but lost via unanimous decision. In her first bout of a new four-fight contract, Maia faced Manon Fiorot at UFC on ESPN 33 on March 26, 2022, but lost via unanimous decision.

Maia defeated Maryna Moroz via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 214 on November 19, 2022.

She won her fight Casey O'Neill on March 18, 2023, at UFC 286 via a unanimous decision.

UFC 255: Shevchenko v Maia
UFC 255: Shevchenko v Maia
UFC Fight Night: Calderwood v Maia
UFC Fight Night: Calderwood v Maia

Jennifer Maia Record

Win21-9-1Casey O'NeillDecision (unanimous)UFC 286March 18, 202335:00London, England
Win20–9–1Maryna MorozDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Nzechukwu vs. CuțelabaNovember 19, 202235:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss19–9–1Manon FiorotDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. DaukausMarch 26, 202235:00Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss19–8–1Katlyn ChookagianDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. ChikadzeJanuary 15, 202235:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win19–7–1Jessica EyeDecision (unanimous)UFC 264July 10, 202135:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss18–7–1Valentina ShevchenkoDecision (unanimous)UFC 255November 21, 202055:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win18–6–1Joanne CalderwoodSubmission (armbar)UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. ShahbazyanAugust 1, 202014:29Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss17–6–1Katlyn ChookagianDecision (unanimous)UFC 244November 2, 201935:00New York City, New York, United States
Win17–5–1Roxanne ModafferiDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. EdwardsJuly 20, 201935:00San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win16–5–1Alexis DavisDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. PettisMarch 23, 201935:00Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss15–5–1Liz CarmoucheDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. IvanovJuly 14, 201835:00Boise, Idaho, United States
Win15–4–1Agnieszka NiedźwiedźDecision (unanimous)Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. NiedzwiedzDecember 8, 201755:00Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win14–4–1Roxanne ModafferiDecision (split)Invicta FC 19: Maia vs. ModafferiSeptember 23, 201655:00Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win13–4–1Vanessa PortoDecision (unanimous)Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. BrownMarch 11, 201655:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win12–4–1Dayana SilvaDecision (majority)Imortal FC 2: KamikazeDecember 13, 201535:00São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Win11–4–1Marta SouzaTKO (punches)Samurai FC 12: Hearts on FireOctober 10, 201512:51Curitiba, Brazil
Win10–4–1Stephanie BragayracKO (knee)Imortal FC 1: The InvasionJune 13, 201522:07São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Loss9–4–1DeAnna BennettDecision (unanimous)Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. TiburcioDecember 5, 201435:00Houston, Texas, United States
Win9–3–1Elaine AlbuquerqueDecision (unanimous)Talent MMA Circuit 11August 23, 201435:00São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Win8–3–1Mariana MoraisSubmission (rear-naked choke)Talent MMA Circuit 9May 10, 201422:18São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Loss7–3–1Leslie SmithDecision (unanimous)Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. CyborgJuly 13, 201335:00Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win7–2–1Zoila FraustoDecision (unanimous)Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. WatersonApril 5, 201335:00Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win6–2–1Jéssica AndradeDecision (unanimous)Samurai FC 9: Water vs. FireDecember 15, 201235:00Curitiba, Brazil
Loss5–2–1Sheila GaffKO (punches)Cage Warriors Fight Night 4March 16, 201210:10Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win5–1–1Tatiane Porfirio AguiarSubmission (armbar)Pink Fight 1January 29, 201221:17Porto Seguro, Brazil
Loss4–1–1Vanessa PortoTechnical Submission (armbar)Kumite MMA CombateOctober 28, 201123:55Porto Alegre, Brazil
Draw4–0–1Kalindra FariaDrawPower Fight Extreme 4November 20, 201035:00Curitiba, Brazil
Win4–0Alessandra SilvaSubmission (armbar)Gladiators Fighting Championship 2October 16, 201011:50Curitiba, Brazil
Win3–0Jenifer HaasSubmission (punches)Challenge Mixed Martial ArtsAugust 7, 201011:18Curitiba, Brazil
Win2–0Alessandra SilvaSubmission (rear-naked choke)Power Fight Extreme 2March 13, 201014:03Curitiba, Brazil
Win1–0Suelen Pinheiro RibeiroTKO (punches)Brave FC 4: ExplosionDecember 5, 200912:01Curitiba, Brazil

Jennifer Maia’s Most Popular Fights

Jennifer Maia vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Jennifer Maia fought Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 255 on November 21, 2020. The fight went the distance and Shevchenko was declared the winner by a unanimous decision.

UFC 255: Shevchenko v Maia
UFC 255: Shevchenko v Maia

FAQs on Jennifer Maia

How old is Jennifer Maia?

Jennifer Maia is 34 years old in 2023.

In which division does Jennifer Maia compete?

Maia currently competes in the Women’s Flyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

What is Jennifer Maia’s nationality?

Jennifer Maia is a Brazilian.

What are some of Jennifer Maia’s achievements?

Maia is the former Invicta FC Flyweight World Champion and is currently #8 in the UFC women’s flyweight rankings.

Last Updated On 19th March 2023

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