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Domestic Violence Led to Iasmin Lucindo Taking First Fight at 14

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Making her UFC San Diego debut will be Brazil’s Iasmin Lucindo, who will experience a sellout in her first fight with the promotion.

While many recent newcomers have had empty home shows at Apex, that’s not the case here. Lucindo (13-4) doesn’t believe that feeling will change much, with fans or without fans.

“I’ve done it many times. Whenever that cage closes, she’s my target, it doesn’t matter what,” Lucindo said during UFC’s San Diego media day on Wednesday.

Lucindo and rival Yazmin Jauregui both have many knockout wins and feel the odds of a suspension this Saturday are high. Lucindo agreed with this suggestion.

“Yes, it’s going to be a war,” she said, “if it’s not a knockout or a surrender, it’s going to be a war. This fight promises a lot.”

Lucindo started fighting at a very young age, he started fighting when he was 14 years old. There’s an undeniably tragic reason for this, and when Cageside Press asked her how she got into the sport, she spoke up.

“The reason I started learning martial arts was for self-defense,” she revealed. “The women in my family, my mother, etc., suffered from domestic violence. So I did it to protect myself, and I ended up loving it. And I ended up fighting, fighting, fighting, and my debut was At 14. That’s how I started MMA.”

Lucindo’s mother was very supportive of her decision to fight, “especially since it’s a way for me to escape, a way for us to get out of life. As an added bonus, we always use it as a defense mechanism. We actually have something Being able to protect yourself is very important for things not to happen again. You don’t want anything bad to happen to you and your family.”

UFC San Diego will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. Watch the full media day with Iasmin Lucindo above.

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