New Zealand’s Renata Poa has moved up to number-three in the heavyweight world rankings. This follows her impressive unanimous decision victory over Ellen Carla Monteiro Rosa at the Ladies Fight Night 6: IRA event this past Saturday.
It may have been Poa’s (1-0) professional debut, however she is by far one of the most experienced fighters in the developing yet fast growing division. She has been enjoying a very successful amateur career as part of New Zealand’s Princesses of Pain organization. She has been taking out all the countries top heavyweights, with her sole loss coming by way of a disqualification, following a kick to a downed opponent.
The 31-year-old’s rise in the heavyweight rankings means she sits just behind RIZIN Fighting Federation stars Gabi Garcia (4-0, 1 NC) and Destanie Yarbrough (1-1). Poa believes she has what it takes to become the number-one ranked heavyweight fighter in the world. She cites Ronda Rousey as her inspiration for getting into MMA and trains closely with UFC heavyweight star, Mark Hunt.
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