Minor league MMA events are always a hoot. More often than not, the fighters are new to the game, and act like deer caught in headlights when the cage door shuts. Sometimes the cages themselves are held together by duct tape. Inexperienced cornermen have no idea what they’re doing and they fumble around like idiots. And occasionally, in a jurisdiction overseen by an athletic commission that maybe doesn’t have the most experience in the world, the officials are a walking, talking dumpster fire of ineptitude.
Then there’s Brazil, which takes things to even a worse level.
As per MMAFighting, a female fighter at a local show won a title WHILE PREGNANT. Said fighter only learned this because she was having trouble cutting weight for her next fight.
“We did a morphology ultrasound last week and the doctor said I’m 24 weeks pregnant, almost six months, and my baby is healthy and strong,” Novaes told MMAFighting.com. “I was worried because I trained hard, fought, cut weight. I suffered a lot to make weight for my last fight, couldn’t dehydrate properly, and I was already training to fight again next week, but the doctor said everything is fine.”
Jacson Carvalho, her boyfriend and also a MMA fighter, went to the hospital with Novaes, and only found out about her pregnancy because she was having trouble cutting weight for her first RFA bout.
“I finally decided to go to the hospital, and the doctor immediately asked me if I was pregnant,” she continued. “I insisted I was not, that I had an intestine issue, but he asked for a blood test. One hour later, he told us I was pregnant. I cried a lot, ran out of the hospital, but I realized that was good news. I thought I was sick, but I had a baby instead.”
In case you don’t know, in jurisdictions where commissions have their act together, female competitors are literally handed a pregnancy test before the event and have to pee on the stick right then and there. But not Brazil! Heck, even HIV and hepatitis tests are a iffy prospect!
“That was my first event,” [the promoter] continued. “I asked for HIV and hepatitis tests, but some fighters didn’t send me the results. I didn’t pull them out of the fights because they all wanted to fight. Some fighters claimed they had no money to pay for the tests, others said they didn’t have time to do it, but that’s my fault that I let them fight anyway. But thank God everything is fine with the baby.”
Brazil, man. They’re crazy.