Vanessa Demopoulos won her first UFC fight on Saturday. And this, two months after having stopped the striptease.
If all MMA fans’ eyes were on the heavyweight clash between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, won by the Cameroonian by unanimous decision of the judges, the American pulled off a great performance. She won against Silvana Gomez Juarez by submission (armbar) in the first round.
At 33, and after two defeats in the prestigious American organization, Vanessa Demopoulos (7 wins, 4 losses) is finally launching her career at the UFC. After this impressive success in just two minutes and 25 seconds in the octagon of Anaheim (California), she won a bonus of 50,000 dollars for the performance of the evening (added to the 24,000 dollars for her victory).
Something to motivate her a little more, especially since Vanessa Demopoulos left her job as a stripper to focus on her sports career barely two months ago. At the end of the fight, to celebrate her victory, she also made a big gap. She then explained.
“I don’t think it’s a secret, I was an exotic dancer for thirteen years,” Demopoulos said. It was my stripper guard. And I didn’t actually say it in the ring, but I’d like to say it right now: I quit being a stripper to go to training camp. I quit dancing about six to eight weeks ago so I could focus full time on MMA and take it very seriously by going to the gym every day.”
A pole dance specialist, the American started kickboxing right away. She then took up jiu-jitsu and then, in 2018, she discovered MMA and fought in the Legacy Fighting Alliance. Now, Vanessa Demopoulos wants to pursue a career in MMA only.
“I was scouted through pole dancing, and they said if I put that same determination and mentality into the fight, I could be good at it,” Demopoulos told Combat Press a few years ago. Pole dancing requires a lot of agility, a lot of body awareness, a lot of dexterity and flexibility, and you have to react quickly. It’s similar to jiu-jitsu, but in jiu-jitsu you have the choice to tap out if you have to, or you’re safe if you’re on the ground. With pole dancing, you face death more in the sense that you literally cling to a single limb. One false move and it’s over. You fall two floors and that’s it. You only fall once.”
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