Amanda “Amandinha” Lemos, 32, of Belem, Para, Brazil has earned her first ever victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 165,” also called “UFC on ESPN+ 23.”
Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches, the UFC held “UFC Fight Night 165” at the Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea on December 21, 2019. In the second bout of the evening, Lemos competed in the women’s strawweight division against Miranda “Danger” Granger, 27, of Everett, Washington, United States.
Greg Kleynjans served as the referee. He put a stop to the strawweight bout after 3 minutes and 43 seconds in the first round when Lemos submitted Granger via rear-naked choke.
Granger entered the octagon as an undefeated fighter. This made Lemos the first fighter to defeat the Everett native in a professional MMA bout.
“It felt great to be back and fight in my division,” Lemos said in her post-fight interview. “Strawweight is where I feel the most comfortable and I’ll keep fighting in this division until I am the champion.”
Including Brazil and the U.S., 11 countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 165.” The others were Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland and Venezuela.
Losing to Lemos at “UFC Fight Night 165” downgraded the professional MMA record of Granger to 7 wins and 1 loss. It was the Everett native’s second outing in the UFC.
On the other hand, Lemos now has 14 wins, 7 losses, 1 loss and 1 draw. “UFC Fight Night 165” marked her second UFC bout.
On July 16, 2017, Lemos made her UFC bout at “UFC Fight Night 113” at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland where she was knocked out by Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith, 37, of Pleasant Hill, California, USA. In 2018, the Brazilian contender went on hiatus.
Lemos was born in Brazil on May 22, 1987. She has been competing professionally since 2014.