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Norma Dumont: The Story of Rough Childhood to UFC stardom

LockerRoom Team
11 July 2023

Norma Dumont Viana Ferreira, born on October 1, 1990, is an MMA Fighter from Brazil who competes in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

The rough childhood

Dumont's childhood was marked by challenges as her father abandoned her mother and three sisters when she was just four years old. Despite the difficulties she faced, Dumont found solace and purpose in martial arts. At the age of 13, she began practicing Jiu Jitsu, but had to put her training on hold to work as a secretary.

However, at 19 years old, Dumont returned to training and pursued her MMA career with renewed passion. During this time, she achieved remarkable success as a six-time Sanda State champion and National champion of Sanda, demonstrating her dedication and talent in various disciplines.

When Dumont resumed her training at 19, she discovered a free Muay Thai class and was encouraged by a friend to try Sanda. Captivated by the sport, she immediately enrolled and embarked on her MMA journey.

MMA journey and UFC debut

Starting her professional career in 2016, Dumont compiled an impressive 4-0 record on the regional Brazilian scene, with two of her victories coming by way of first-round submission.

Dumont made her promotional debut on February 29, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 169, where she faced Megan Anderson. Despite her efforts, she suffered a setback, losing the fight via knockout in the first round. Determined to bounce back, she made her second appearance in the organization on November 28, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Clark. However, Dumont faced challenges with her weight, coming in at 139.5 pounds, three and a half pounds over the women's bantamweight non-title fight limit during the weigh-ins. As a result, her bout proceeded at catchweight, and she was fined 30% of her purse. Nevertheless, Dumont persevered and secured a victory via a unanimous decision against Ashlee Evans-Smith.

Dumont's journey continued with a scheduled bout against Bea Malecki at UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland on April 10, 2021. However, Malecki withdrew a week before the fight, and Dumont faced promotional newcomer Erin Blanchfield as a replacement. Unfortunately, the bout was cancelled as Dumont missed weight by 3.5 pounds.

Continuing the UFC journey

As an unexpected replacement for Danyelle Wolf, Dumont faced Felicia Spencer on May 22, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt. Displaying her resilience and determination, Dumont emerged victorious in a hard-fought battle, securing a split-decision win.

Dumont's determination and willingness to step up on short notice were evident in her scheduled bout against Holly Holm on October 16, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 195. However, Holm withdrew from the event due to injury, and Dumont fearlessly faced Aspen Ladd as a replacement. Undeterred by the circumstances, Dumont won the fight via unanimous decision, proving her ability to perform under pressure.

In her subsequent bout, Dumont faced Macy Chiasson on May 7, 2022, at UFC 274. Despite her efforts, she missed weight by half a pound, and the fight proceeded at catchweight. Dumont faced a tough opponent and ultimately suffered a loss via a split decision.

Dumont's determination remained unwavering as she faced Danyelle Wolf, a promotional newcomer, on September 10, 2022, at UFC 279. In an impressive performance, she secured a unanimous decision victory, showcasing her skills and resilience once again.

Continuing her ascent, Dumont faced Karol Rosa on April 22, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 222. In a hard-fought battle, she emerged victorious, securing another unanimous decision win.

What do you think of her journey so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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