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Melissa Gatto

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8-2-2 (W-L-D)


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Melissa Gatto

Histórico do atleta


Learn more about Melissa Gatto's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Cidade natal
State of São Paulo, Brazil
Estilo de luta
Estreia no UFC
Alcance das pernas
  • Pro since 2016

  • Has won six of her last nine (6-2-1)

  • Four first-round finishes

  • Four wins by submission (RNC, 2 armbar, Kimura), three by KO

UFC Fight Night (5/18/24) Gatto stopped Tamires Vidal via strikes at :37 of the third round 

UFC on ESPN (7/1/23) Gatto lost a three round split decision to Ariane Lipski

UFC 274 (5/7/22) Gatto lost a three round unanimous decision to Tracy Cortez

UFC Fight Night (12/18/21) Gatto stopped Sijara Eubanks via strikes at :45 of the third round

UFC 265 (8/7/21) Gatto defeated Victoria Leonardo via TKO (injury) at 5:00 of the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started with Kung Fu when I was eight years old with my older brother. When I started MMA training I was just looking to challenge myself with new goals and I got really good at it.

What ranks and titles have you held? I'm a BJJ purple belt with several titles in BJJ competitions in the south of Brazil.

Do you have any heroes? My mother. She is a really humble, determined and loyal person. She taught me everything and I really look up to her as a woman and a human being.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is a dream that will come true on May 11. I worked very hard to get this opportunity and I will give my life to it.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I studied and I have a degree in languages: Portuguese - English

What was your job before you started fighting? I was an English teacher here in Brazil and I also had some martial arts students. 

Favorite grappling technique: I really like submissions; doesn't matter if it's a choke or an armbar or triangle choke. I like to finish fights.

Favorite Striking technique: I really like to use my knees; it is a very powerful technique.