(MAR 4) WBAN recently made
contact with Duda "Diamond" Yankovich, of Brazil. Duda has
been a professional boxer since 2005, and has a 11-4-0 (5KO)
Duda first wanted to set the record straight about her last
fight in Barranquilla, Colombia, when she fought Enis Pacheco.
Duda told WBAN, "I see that you have a lot of information, until
my last fight in Colombia---most of them are true, but I have
some observations to make."
Duda said, I mean, I am criticized because I had four losses in
a roll---but actually after I lost to Holly Holm, I was almost a
year without any training, because of my injury. I had a
surgery and recovering was tough. That period was very
difficult. After that, I went to Africa, but I lost
because I was out of competition rhythm."
"Talking about the Ann Sophie Mathis fight---I still don't know
why the referee stopped the fight at that moment. I was
not even on the floor. I had no count down. He just
stopped it. I mean, Anne is such a great fighter---very
strong, but I could fight more easily..."
"And then, a total disapointment in Colombia
Believe it or not, it was a big set up. I was ready, I
felt great and I was in great shape. From the initially 12
rounds, the organization changed just before the fight for 10.
The gloves were huge, and not proper one, and I was fighting
135. I mean, 8 ounce gloves, no way! That knockdown
is a pure BS. The ring floor was full of holes and I
slipped, not even fell on the floor and the referee counted.
To view the fight
In regards to this fight, "That really made me very
disappointed, and believe me, boxing is my passion. I have
been fighting all my life, but boxing is something I love to
"I have not left boxing---I just need some time of and wait for
a fair, decent fight."
"In the meantime, you know me, I love fighting. MMA is so
popular in Brazil and the most successful fighters come from
Brazil. So it is very easy to enter that world, especially
for me that trained in Karate, Kick boxing and boxing."
I wasn't training ground fighting
(Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) much, and that cost me a loss on my MMA
(135 lbs) debut by a Guilhotine on September 8, 2012. I
was winning a clean fight, but at one moment, I came too close
to my opponent, who is a very good in BJJ and she got me."
"After that I got on in a Jiu Jitsu Camp, and trained so hard,
morning and afternoon, and on December 1, I won the American Cup
in Jiu Jitsu at 135 lbs."
"Next wee on March 9, 2013, I am fighting my second MMA fight,
on Bitetti Combat famous event in Brazil."
"I train and belong with the
biggest MMA Center in Brazil, and one of the biggest in the
world---Team Noguera, which belongs to brothers Minotauro, and
"Other athletes who train in my team are Anderson Silva, Rafael
Feijao, Rony Jason, and few otheres from UFC and from Bellator
"I am very serious about MMA, hoping that I can finish my career
with a positive result, and also still hoping to have another
title shot in professional boxing. I am working harder