Livinha Souza
The Brazilian Gangster


Returns against Ashley Yoder
June 4, 2020
Souza will take on Ashley Yoder in a strawweight matchup at UFC 252 on August 15 in Las Vegas, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
Souza is a well-regarded prospect that is 2-1 to start her time with the UFC after a run in Invicta, where she was once strawweight champion. She most recently took her second professional loss, falling to Brianna Van Buren in July of 2019 via decision. Souza was then scheduled for a date with Virna Jandiroba in December, but withdrew in late-November due to a back injury and has been sidelined ever since. Souza gets an opponent in Yoder who is 2-4 with the company and coming off a loss as well, as she was bested by Randa Markos via split decision last October.
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Withdraws with injury
November 26, 2019
Souza was forced to withdraw from her scheduled match against Virna Jandiroba on Dec. 7 due to a back injury, reports.
The exact nature of the injury and the amount of time Souza is expected to miss are not yet clear. Mallory Martin will step in to face Jandiroba.
Steps in for UFC Washington DC
October 31, 2019
Souza will face Virna Jandiroba in a strawweight bout at UFC Washington DC on Dec. 7, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Jandiroba's original opponent, Cortney Casey, was forced to withdraw from the card for undisclosed reasons, so Souza will replace her on short notice. Souza is coming off a loss to Brianna Van Buren at UFC Sacramento in July, which brought her professional record to 13-2. Jandiroba carries a record of 14-1 as a professional fighter after losing her UFC debut to Carla Esparza in April. The two former Invicta fighters will both look to get back into the win column, with Souza carrying a slight height advantage, but Jandiroba with a slight advantage in reach.
UFC struggles continue
July 13, 2019
Souza lost to Brianna Van Buren via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
A former Invicta Strawweight Champion, Souza has found her time with the UFC considerably more difficult than her previous employer. The Brazilian was impressive in her debut -- a submission win over Alex Chambers last September -- but she has since responded with a lackluster split-decision win over Sarah Frota in February and Saturday's no-show effort. Souza is a solid submission specialist, but her striking is poor and her takedown defense is abysmal. Fringe talents like Souza can succeed in a lesser organization like Invicta, but one-dimensional fighters will always struggle when the competition rises.
New opponent in Sacramento
June 13, 2019
Souza will now take on Brianna Van Buren at UFC Sacramento on July 13 following the withdrawal of her original opponent Cynthia Calvillo, Rafael Oreiro of reports.
It was reported earlier in the week by MMAJunkie that Calvillo had suffered a broken foot and would be forced to withdraw, needing roughly six weeks for the injury to heal. Rather than wait it out and reschedule, it appears Souza will accept a different fight and stay on the card. Drawing Van Buren isn't less challenging of a task, however, as she's the current Invicta FC Strawweight Champion on a five-fight winning streak.Three of those wins came on a single night in Invicta's Phoenix Rising event, where Van Buren defeated former UFC fighters Juliana Lima and Kailin Curran to become champion.
Next fight in Sacramento
May 14, 2019
Souza (ankle) will take on Cynthia Calvillo in a strawweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Souza got off to a 2-0 start to her professional career, though she escaped with a split decision over a heavy Sarah Frota last February, despite entering as a (-240) betting favorite. The Brazilian was set to see a step up in competition in April, but had to withdraw from a scheduled bout against Carla Esparza due to a foot injury. That appears to have cleared up in time to begin a camp for a July bout against possibly her toughest opponent to date. The former Invicta FC champion will head into hostile territory, as Sacramento is only a two hour drive from where Calvillo trains. Souza is known as a submission specialist, and will likely attack the 69 percent takedown defense of Calvillo, though it's worth noting Calvillo has yet to be submitted in her pro career.