Interview: Invicta FC Flyweight Champion and Brazilian MMA sensation Jennifer Maia

Invicta FC returned to world class hard-hitting female action from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, MO for Invicta FC 26. The live and much-awaited Invicta FC 26 streamed live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

At Invicta FC 26, reigning and defending Invicta FC flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (15-4) successfully defended the coveted gold against then undefeated #1 contender Agnieszka Niedźwiedź (10-1).

Prior to the Invicta FC 26 encounter inside the electric Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Brazil’s Jennifer Maia came off back-to-back “Fight of the Year” contenders in Roxanne Modafferi and Vanessa Porto. Before Niedźwiedź’s loss to Jennifer Maia, the talented and dominant Pole kept her perfect record intact, besting the aforementioned Porto in the Invicta FC 23 main event.

FOX Sports 96.9 FM/1340 AM’s Dean Perretta caught up with Invicta FC’s Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts star and current reigning and defending Invicta FC Flyweight Champion Jennifer Maia to discuss her recent successful title defense at Invicta FC 26, Invicta FC empowering women worldwide, her all-time Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts heroes, Maia’s ambitious goals for the future and much more only on FOX Sports 96.9 FM/1340 AM.

Dean Perretta: First and foremost Jennifer, most recently at INVICTA FC 26 you successfully defended the prestigious INVICTA FC Flyweight Championship against challenger Agnieszka Niedzwiedz via Decision. What are your thoughts on your overall performance against Niedwiedz and what is next on your agenda as the reigning and defending INVICTA FC Flyweight Champion?

Jennifer Maia: I was very happy with my performance. Being able to put into practice much of what I had trained, even while being surprised by my opponent. I still have nothing scheduled. I will rest and I will wait.

Perretta: Coming off of highly memorable “Fight of the Year” clashes with the very talented Roxanne Modaferri and Vanessa Porto, how much confidence and expectation did it provide when heading into the INVICTA 26 encounter with Agnieszka Niedzwiez?

Maia: No, every fight is different and I always focus on the next one. I always try to get over it.

Perretta: INVICTA FC is a well-respected organization which perennially continues to grow globally courtesy of its must-see octagon action and empowering of women in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. As a professional athlete for INVICTA FC, what does it mean to you personally to be an integral part of revolutionizing women’s Mixed Martial Arts both internationally and of course in the United States?

Maia: It is a great professional achievement to be among the best in the world in a top organization that respects its athletes.

Perretta: Brazil is unquestionably the spiritual home of Mixed Martial Arts and has produced an array of impeccable athletes over the years, including yourself Jennifer. Which Brazilian Mixed Martial Artists inspired you most prior to entering the sport professionally?

Maia: Cris Cyborg without a doubt, and Wanderlei Silva.

Perretta: Last but most certainly not least Jennifer, what are the biggest goals which you aim to achieve in INVICTA FC in 2018?

Maia: Defend my title (Invicta FC Flyweight Championship) and be 1st in the flyweight rankings.

Dean Perretta

Dean Perretta is a 2x SEA Award-winning creative, Broadcast Journalist, Reporter, Courtside Analyst for BBC televised London Lions and Executive Producer who currently contributes to FOX Sports 96.9 FM/1340 AM, NBC News featured hit News2Share in Washington, D.C and VAVEL in New York. Perretta's work has been published in reputable publications in newsstands and online in the United States, Germany, Spain, Canada and the United Kingdom and has interviewed a plethora of influential superstars in the world of professional sports (Asafa Powell, Michael Vick, Alysson Felix, Valentina Shevchenko, Todd Grisham, Lisa Guerrero); Perretta is a one-time AAU basketball reporter who has also covered the acclaimed NBA Footlocker 3x World Tour (interviewing NBA San Antonio Spurs star Rudy Gay); Perretta was invited to the world class Gracie Jiu-Jitsu seminar in May 2017 hosted by Bellator MMA Brand Ambassador, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Pioneer, Brazilian national treasure/hero and UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie and has a global reach outside of the United States into desirable markets such as Asia and Europe. Furthermore, Perretta was also officially invited as a guest to the Olympic Musuem in Laussane, Switzerland prior to the advent of the London 2012 Olympics to bear the Olympic torch. In the United Kingdom, BBC Radio's Nicola Richards, SKY TV's Vanessa Cruickshank, Fubar Radio/SKY TV Presenters Olivia Cox and Rachael Downie and BBC 5 Live's Award-winning presenter Claire Clottey have interviewed Dean Perretta as well as CBS Radio, ESPN Radio and FOX Sports Radio in the United States. Perretta has collaborated with globally reputable blue chip corporate businesses such as UFC, Bellator MMA, Singapore's ONE Championship, New Japan Pro Wrestling, RIZIN Fighting Federation, INVICTA FC, NBA, BAMMA, Arsenal W.F.C, IAAF Athletics, GLORY Kickboxing, Major League Soccer, English Premier League, SKY BET Championship, USL, WWE, Podcast One, GFW/Impact Wrestling, ROH and DDP Yoga.