Shooto: Brazil may put on a Man vs. Woman match on December 20th

Yep, it’s true. A bantamweight match set to go down on December 20th in Rio de Janeiro will feature a fight between Emerson Falcao (0-1) and Juliana Velasquez (0-0). That’s her, above, and part of Team Nog.

She says she’s ready. Her body is ready.

“Andre Pederneiras came up with the idea,” Velasquez told “He asked Team Nogueira for a female fighter and my team believes I’m ready, so I accepted the challenge. My expectations are the best. I’m well trained to get there and win.

“I’m used to training with man every day. I’m a professional judoka and I know the adrenaline of the competition, I know how to handle this.”