Luana Pinheiro

Brazil

Out
Injury Finger
Est. Return 10/29/2021
Facing 180-day medical suspension
StrawweightUFC
Out
May 4, 2021
Pinheiro is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pinheiro picked up a DQ victory against Randa Markos last weekend in Vegas. That ran her record to 9-1 professionally. Pinheiro will need clearance from an orthopedic doctor on her left fourth finger or she will be unable to fight again until late October.
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DQ victory in UFC debut
StrawweightUFC
Out
May 1, 2021
Pinheiro defeated Randa Markos via DQ (illegal kick) at 4:16 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Pinheiro looked excellent in her company debut prior to the stoppage. She landed countless big strikes on the feet. in addition to forcing Markos to the mat with ease. She was in full control when Markos clocked her with an illegal upkick that ended the fight upon impact. Referee Mark Smith called in the doctor, who quickly waived it off. Smith then disqualified Markos. Pinheiro, who is just 27 years of age, should return in fairly short order assuming her injuries are minor. It was a nice effort for as long as it lasted.
Debut booked for May
StrawweightUFC
Out
March 22, 2021
Pinheiro will fight Randa Markos at a UFC event May 1, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The two were expected to fight at UFC 260, but the fight was postponed after Markos tested positive for COVID-19. The two will be ready to face off in May. Pinheiro is 8-1-0 as a professional fighter, but she has yet to make her UFC debut. Meanwhile, Markos lost all three of her fights in 2020.
Opponent out of fight
StrawweightUFC
Out
March 18, 2021
Pinheiro will no longer face Randa Markos at UFC 260 after Markos was pulled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pinheiro was set to make her UFC debut against Markos, but now the UFC will need to hurry to find a short notice replacement for the fight on March 27. If that can't happen, Pinheiro should get another shot in the Octagon in a few weeks time. She last fought at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in mid-November when she defeated Stephanie Frausto via TKO and earned an official UFC contract.
Set for UFC debut
StrawweightUFC
Out
January 19, 2021
Pinheiro will make her UFC debut against Randa Markos on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Pinheiro earned a UFC contract after earning a first-round TKO victory over Stephanie Frausto in the Contender Series. In Markos, she'll face an opponent coming off three consecutive losses.
Gets contract on Contender Series
StrawweightUFC
Out
November 10, 2020
Pinheiro defeated Stephanie Frausto via TKO (punches) at 2:48 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, she was one of three fighters to be awarded an official UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
Pinheiro has a purple belt in jiu-jitsu to go along with her judo background, but it was her striking that was put on display here. While she did what was expected as a (-570) betting favorite against an overmatched opponent, it was still the quickest finish of the night, and more than enough to catch White's attention. Pinheiro has just nine professional fights, and at 26 years old, her best days are definitely ahead of her.