Exclusive: Former UFC bantamweight Vanessa Melo admits she’s “too small” for PFL’s lightweight division, plots move down to 145

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Former UFC bantamweight Vanessa Melo has opened up about fighting two weight classes up for this year’s PFL season.

Vanessa Melo previously competed for the UFC as a 135-pound bantamweight.


Melo signed with PFL for this year’s 2022 season, jumping up two weight classes to compete as a 155-pound lightweight. Although she certainly provided fans with exciting fights, the Brazilian ultimately went 0-2 after dropping hard-fought decisions to eventual semi-finalists Olena Kolesnyk and Martina Jindrova.

During a recent chat with WMMA Rankings, Melo opened up about feeling undersized in PFL’s lightweight division.

I was very happy to fight in a different division. I’ve fought in many MMA weight classes, I like to take risks. They [Olena and Martina] are great fighters, but I am too small for the lightweight division. I felt a big difference competing at 155-pounds.” she said.

At this Friday’s PFL event, the organization will be launching a women’s featherweight division when UFC veteran Aspen Ladd takes on former Bellator champ Julia Budd. PFL is widely tipped to host a full 145-pound featherweight season next year, and Vanessa Melo wants in.

Yes, I see myself going down to 145. As I said, I’ve thought in many weight classes, so this is one division I intend to go down to. It will be better for me. Especially since I previously fought at 135 pounds, so I want to go down to at least 145.” she explained.

Fight fans, would you like to see Vanessa Melo make the jump down to 145 pounds? Who would you like to see her fight? Let us know in the comments section below.

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