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After tearing through Janaina Silva last fall in Las Vegas to punch her ticket to the UFC, Moura showcased her strength, grappling abilities, and focus on finishing in her debut appearance opposite Montserrat Conejo Ruiz back in November in Sao Paulo. The 30-year-old was in complete control from the outset, battering her Mexican counterpart on the canvas, alternating between landing damage and floating through dominant positions before finally securing the finish early in the second round.

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though, as Moura missed weight for the contest by three-and-a-half pounds, which obviously has to be addressed and cannot become a repeated problem. She’s tall for the division at five-foot-six and has the potential to be imposing physically, so getting her weight dialed in will be key to allowing her to utilize those advantages without any further asterisks being affixed to her efforts.

This weekend, Moura faces off with Denise Gomes, a fellow Brazilian hopeful who got hustled in a little too deep last time out.

A member of the DWCS Class of ’22, Gomes lost her promotional debut, but rebounded with consecutive emphatic finishes over Bruna Brasil and Yazmin Jauregui to garner a considerable step up in competition on that same November fight card in Sao Paulo, where she dropped a unanimous decision to Angela Hill. Just 24 years old, Gomes remains a solid prospect in the strawweight ranks, and should be a quality test for Moura this weekend in Kentucky.

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On paper, all the elements are there for Moura to become a factor in the strawweight division in the not-too-distant future — she’s in her athletic prime, she’s dominated on her way to this point, and physically and in terms of her skill set, she looks the part. Now it’s just about translating those things into positive results in the Octagon, and if she can get through Gomes on Saturday, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Moura get an expedited push in the 115-pound ranks in the second half of the year.

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