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Women's Strawweight Division

"Lil Monster"

Vanessa Demopoulos

Women's Strawweight Division

11-5-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Vanessa Demopoulos

athlete record


Learn more about Vanessa Demopoulos' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Cleveland, United States
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Aug. 28, 2021
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2017

  • Four wins by submission (Inverted triangle, 3 armbar), one by KO

  • Four first round finishes

  • 4-2 since DWCS

  • Has won 10 of her last 14 and five of her last six 

  • Lost 2013 amateur fight to UFC vet Katlyn Chookagian

UFC Fight Night (5/18/24) Demopoulos won a three round split decision over Emily Ducote 

UFC Fight Night (10/7/23) Demopoulos won a three round unanimous decision over Kanako Murata 

UFC Fight Night (5/20/23) Demopoulos lost a three round unanimous decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz 

UFC Fight Night (11/19/22) Demopoulos won a three round unanimous decision over Maria Oliveira 

UFC Fight Night (6/25/22) Demopoulos won a three round split decision over Jinh Yu Frey

UFC 270 (1/22/22) Demopoulos submitted Silvana Gomez Juarez via armbar at 2:25 of the first round

UFC on ESPN (8/28/21) Demopoulos lost a three round unanimous decision to JJ Aldrich


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 4

Episode two (8/11/20) Demopoulos lost a three round unanimous decision to Cory McKenna

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training 11 years ago in Columbus, OH. I’ve always been aggressive growing up, even got kicked out of schools for fighting. When I was presented with the concept of training it was something I knew I really wanted to do. 

What ranks and titles have you held? 
LFA champion, brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu, 2X Pan American champion, 7X American National champion, 5X World medalist…the list goes on.

Do you have any heroes? The Rock. He’s an amazing role model.

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would be my life’s dream coming true. It would be everything I’ve sacrificed for the last 10 years. Sleeping in gyms, trading family time for fight time and traveling for tournaments. The times I slept in my car to be able to compete and travel. Honoring my father who was my biggest fan and believed in me. As he was sick and dying, I was taking care of him and still trying to fight at the same time. Once he passed, I moved to LA and dedicated my every ounce to finally making this dream a reality. It would be honoring all the people who I influence and being able to share how they can accomplish greatness if only they care enough to get after their dreams. This is a living, breathing dream that would actually be everything to me and all the people I’ve ever met. 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? 
I went to college a few times and never finished anything. Once for massage therapy and another time for international trades 

What was your job before you started fighting? 

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Tuff-N-Uff Champion

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? LFA Champion

Favorite grappling technique: Armbar

Favorite Striking technique: Kicks