Jéssica Delboni (9-1) squares off against Julia Polastri (6-2) in Rio de Janeiro at Shooto Brasil 97 for the strawweight belt on Saturday night.
“Shooto Brasil is the most viewed Brazilian MMA event, thus winning this belt would be huge. Also, my opponent is the no. 1 ranked strawweight in Brazil,” Delboni said originally in Portuguese. “With a victory over here, I can get my place in the UFC.”
Both fighters’ have similar styles: inviting exchanges and utilizing their wrestling. PRVT has many women fighters such as Jessica Andrade, who can proxy the solid wrestling that Polastri brings into a fight. Though, Delboni mainly trains with Karol Rosa, who made her UFC debut back in August.
“I did my whole camp at PRVT, but when I train at other gyms along with my master Gilliard Parana,” Delboni said. “I can see that the level of our training and my training are very good.”
In Brazil, there aren’t many fighters who fight at 105, so the 5-foot-1-inch Brazilian didn’t have much of a chose but to fight at 115.
“I’m always the smallest strawweight, but I always win,” Delboni said. “In the atomweight division, I suffer a whole lot more to make weight, though I feel stronger than most.”
Delboni’s eight out of her 10 pro fights were in the strawweight division. The Brazilian’s only loss came against atomweight Ashley Cummins at Invicta FC 32.
Delboni has closed the chapter as an atomweight, as she aims for the Shooto Brasil strawweight belt and a UFC contract.