Mariana Morais returns to action at tonight’s ‘Shooto Brasil: Grand Prix’ event.
Morais (14-10-0) will be competing in a historic four-woman, one-night tournament to determine the inaugural Shooto Brasil women’s lightweight champion. The victor will also earn a spot in PFL’s 2020 season, competing alongside the likes of Kayla Harrison to earn a crack at becoming champion and winning $1 million dollars.
The Invicta FC veteran has fought various notable names in her professional MMA career including Roxanne Modafferi, Jennifer Maia, Ariane Lipski, Norma Dumont and Vanessa Melo. At just 24 years of age, the young Brazilian is still constantly evolving as a fighter and showcasing new dimensions to her game, fight-by-fight.
Morais trains at the Parana Vale Tudo gym in Rio de Janeiro, along with close friend and former UFC champ, Jessica Andrade. With the guidance of one of the best MMA gym’s in the world, Morais is confident she can make a statement in a new weight-class of 155-pounds.
The lightweight hopeful will be taking on Dayana Silva in the first-round of the tournament. If victorious, she will then take on the winner of Yana Gadelha vs. Bianca Daimoni in the final.
In a post on social media yesterday, Morais declared she is ‘protected and armored’ ahead of the tournament. In another post, pictured with Andrade, she wrote “strengthening the machines”.
Three of the women competing in Shooto Brasil’s 155-pound lightweight tournament recently took part in an exclusive interview with WMMA Rankings, click below to view them.
‘Shooto Brasil: Grand Prix’ takes place tonight (Sunday March 01, 2020) from the Vivi Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.