Andre Pederneiras, coach of famed fight team Nova Uniao, recently drew headlines when he announced that he would be promoting a mixed-gender MMA bout at Shooto Brazil 45. However, the fight may not happen at all, and according to Brazilian commissioner Osiris Maia, it was never going to happen in the first place.
Maia told MMAfighting.com that “This ‘fight’ has a social representation that is more important for the society than to the sport,” he continued. “There’s no way a man should fight a woman. This is being done only to show the society the importance of ‘Lei Maria da Penha’. You can’t have a man beating a woman in a sport, so it shouldn’t happen anywhere. That’s what they want to show.”
While this may seem a strange reason to fake a fight promotion, it’s supposedly a way to give publicity to “Lei Maria da Penha”, a law created to stop violence against women in Brazil.
However, the camps of the two fighters, Emerson Falcao (0-1) and Juliana Velasquez (0-0), both insist that the fight is still happening. Falcao claimed “Man, if (Pederneiras), one of the most respected men in the MMA is telling you there will be a fight, you should believe him,” Falcao said. “Don’t you think so? Don’t you agree with me?”
Most likely, the bout will not happen, as multiple sources have reported.Tags: André Pederneiras, Man vs. Woman, mma, MMA NEWS, NOVA UNIAO, Shooto Brazil 45