This is the fight that WMMA fans have been waiting on for almost a year now. Originally billed for March for the then-vacant strawweight belt, Twitter was buzzing for a Brazilian brawl. Unfortunately, Morandin was unable to compete and was replaced by Inoue Mizuki.
Luckily for fans, Jandiroba went on to win the belt and now the WMMA world will get the Brazilian match it was promised.
The challenger, Janaisa “Evil Princess” Morandin, is a 23-year-old mixed martial artist fighting by way of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil. Morandin was originally signed to Invicta in the spring of 2015 as an atomweight. Since Invicta’s contract allowing fighters to fight for other organizations, Morandin went on to win the atomweight belt for Aspera Fighting Championship.
Morandin then started her Invicta career as a strawweight. Though she lost her first strawweight bout against Livia Renata Souza at Invicta FC 25, she said she felt comfortable at 115 and stayed there. She did a quick turnaround 4 months later at Invicta FC 26 when she delivered a beating to fellow countrywoman Kimberly Novaes.
The champion, Virna “Carcara” Jandiroba, is a 30-year-old mixed martial artist hailing out of Bahia, Brazil. Along with the Invicta FC Strawweight belt, she holds an undefeated record of 13-0. With 10 of those wins by way of submission, it is safe to say she is a Submission Queen.
Though fans were disappointed by Morandin’s withdrawal of the Invicta FC 28 bout, Mizuki trained hard to combat Jandiroba’s submission skills. Despite her eye swelling quickly in the first round, Mizuki managed to put up a respectable fight. The judges were split in their decision, but Jandiroba ended up bringing the belt home. After the decision, Jandiroba said of Mizuki: “I was very honored to fight her, she is a well-respected grappler.”
While Morandin is finally getting the championship bout she was promised earlier this year, she will have to be cool and calculated. Jandiroba is definitely going to be looking to take this match to the ground. Morandin has a strong striking game and may be able to keep this as a standing fight, but if it goes to the ground, she’ll have to rely on strength and skill to escape Jandiroba’s stifling offense.
Be sure not to miss this Brazilian heat wave happening Saturday, Sept. 1st, 2018, live on UFC Fight Pass.