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UFC’s Priscila Cachoeira accused of domestic violence

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Cachoeira has denied these claims.

MMA: MAY 15 UFC 262 - Priscila Cachoeira vs. Gina Mazany
Priscila Cachoeira after she defeated Gina Mazany at UFC 262.
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According to MMA Fighting UFC flyweight Priscila Cachoeira is the subject of a restraining order filed by a former girlfriend. That order was granted after the woman pressed charges against Cachoeira, claiming she had been assaulted by the fighter on three separate occasions.

MMA Fighting obtained a police report that includes specific details regarding these suspected assaults. In the report the complainant described the first of those incidents, saying that Cachoeira pulled her by the hair, threw her to the ground and then kicked her “all over the body”. It is claimed that this happened in mid-2019 in a shared residence in Rio de Janeiro.

The complainant stated that Cachoeira “only stopped ... when she saw blood” coming from a wound on her head.

The second of those incidents is claimed to have taken place in September 2019. The complainant claimed that’s when Cachoeira knocked her unconscious with a punch to the mouth. The complainant reportedly needed medical assistance to avoid losing a tooth.

The third incident is suspected of occurring in February this year. The complainant claimed that Cachoeira was “highly intoxicated and probably on drugs” when she kicked her in the body during an argument. The complainant said that this resulted in her cutting her hand on a glass shelf. That lead to two surgeries to repair torn ligaments in her hand.

When she filed for the restraining order, Cachoeira’s former girlfriend testified that her “life was in danger because [Cachoeira] used drugs and alcohol.” She also claimed that Cachoeira has threatened her ever since she ended the relationship and moved to a different city.

The ex-girlfriend spoke to MMA Fighting and told that outlet that Cachoeira used marijuana and cocaine. She also sent MMA Fighting photographs that purportedly show injuries sustained from the incidents listed in the police report.

Cachoeira provided a statement to MMA Fighting refuting the claims made against her.

“I’ve never committed any physical assault against [the complainant],” she wrote. “She would lose control many times during an argument and wanted to hit me, but I just defended myself.”

“Our relationship is over and, unfortunately, she’s inventing lies and twisting the truth with the intention of tarnishing my image and emotionally affect me, or any other negative intent,” she continued. “I would also like to add that I’m subject to anti-doping tests regularly by [the United States Anti-Doping Agency], therefore her baseless and false allegation seems to me like an attempt to hurt my career.”

Cachoeira joined the UFC in late 2017 and made her debut against Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders. She lost that bout by rear naked choke after a prolonged beating at the hands of the future champion.

Cachoeira then lost to Molly McCann and Luana Carolina, both by unanimous decision. In 2020 she secured her first UFC win, with a 40 second KO over Shana Dobson. She followed that win up with a TKO win over Gina Mazany at UFC 262 in May.


Support for survivors of domestic violence can be found from the following organizations:

USA - The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Canada - DAWN-RAFH Canada

UK and Ireland - Women’s Aid: 0808-2000-247

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Free and confidential support for individuals who are in crisis and are thinking about taking their own lives, or have loved ones who are in crisis, can be found with the following organizations.

USA: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Canada: Crisis Services Canada: Call 1 833 456 4566 or text 45645.

UK and Ireland: Samaritans: Call 116 123 (UK) or 116 123 (ROI) or email jo@samaritans.org/jo@samaritans.ie

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