Livinha Souza and Maycee Barber had two of their most impressive debuts among female fighters in the UFC in 2018, and the Brazilian will be targeting an ex-Invicta FC champion vs. undefeated potential battle in 2019.
Souza (12-1) steamrolled Alex Chambers in her Octagon introduction last September, submitting “Astro Girl” with a guillotine choke in just 81 seconds. Two months later, Contender Series’ Barber (6-0) ceased Hannah Cifers by TKO in the second round.
The company has yet to announce any bouts to the Fight Night show, so “Livinha” volunteers to become a part of the lineup.
”I WISh to battle Maycee Barber,” Souza informed MMA Fighting. “She had been asking for a fight, she’s coming off a win. ”
Barber in Fortaleza are Souza’s perfect scenario for her next step in the marketing, but reality is, she’s bringing the “anybody, anywhere” mentality to the straWWEight branch.
”Bring her, or any other woman, to battle me in my home country, or anywhere else,” Souza said. “Whatever the UFC desires, I’m , but if I could choose, I truly desired to fight here in order to get more familiarity with the Brazilian Audience. It was incredible to battle here. I’m sure I’ll give the Brazilian people more joy from the sport. ”
Souza fought in Brazil for the first time in four years when she beat Chambers in her hometown of Sao Paulo, a stretch that included a 4-1 run under the Invicta FC banner wins Katja Kankaanpaa, DeAnna Bennett, Ayaka Hamasaki and Janaisa Morandin, and a split decision defeat to Angela Hill.
”My Invicta battles were in the USA, and I had been welcomed in a favorable manner in Sao Paulo,” Souza said. “The UFC staff, ‘Minotauro’ (Nogueira) and (UFC Brazil official) Denis (Martins), provide me confidence to continue to grow in the organization and be part of their new generation of fighters. ”
Looking to bring another championship belt for her resume in the near future, the 27-year-old straWWEight claims to honor fighters in the “old generation” inside the eight-sided cage and make the sport popular in Brazil.
”I shall give my life to do at least one percent of the background which the old creation has done and, if possible, win more straps and set the sport where it belongs, at the top,” Souza said. “We must prove we’re gifted, that Brazil is a nation of warriors. If they come here believing we’re dead, we’ll prove them erroneous. ”