Bellator 256: Vanessa Porto Says Carmouche Fight Should Lead to Title Shot

Vanessa Porto makes her Bellator debut this Friday against former two-time UFC title challenger Liz Carmouche. With quite a lot on the line.

“I’m really happy for the opportunity and super grateful for the organization to give me this chance, that’s all I can say- to express my gratitude for the organization,” Porto said during her Bellator 256 media day interview this week.

The Brazilian has been out of action since her unanimous decision win over Karina Rodriguez back in November of 2019 at Invicta FC 38. The former Invicta FC champ plans to get back to work and showcase her Muy Thai against Carmouche. Beyond that, the long-time MMA veteran plans on finishing her opponent.

“I’m looking for the finish, whether it be a submission or knockout, but in reality, you can only see how things are going to go once you get in there,” Porto said. “I’m looking forward to standing up, showing my Muy Thai, and finishing her.”

Carmouche is currently ranked No. 2 in the women’s flyweight rankings, and with a win over her, Porto thinks she could be next in line for a title shot.

“I definitely think so, 100%, but it all about opportunities in this industry, and as long as I do my job out there and the organization is happy with me, then I think I deserve it, yes,” Porto said.”

Vanessa Porto faces Liz Carmouche in the co-main event of Bellator 256 this Friday, April 9, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. In the U.S., the event airs live on Showtime.