Norma Dumont, the accomplished fighter, is anything but apprehensive about the potential challengers she will face in her new weight division – an understatement indeed. Following the culmination of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s women’s featherweight division, Dumont was compelled to shift to the 135-pound weight class. With an impressive 10-2 record, “The Immortal” is now slated to compete against Yana Santos, who holds a 14-8, 1 NC stat. This face-off will take place at the UFC Fight Night event slated for January 13. Dumont is set on invigorating her new weight division with an exciting performance.
In a recent participation in the “Nem Me Viu” podcast hosted by Fabricio Werdum, Dumont did not shy away from expressing her criticisms of her would-be contenders in the 135-pound division. Known for her knack for conjuring inventive and incisive slang, Dumont—having recently branded Chelsea Chandler as “p—y face” backstage post their bout—was brutally candid about the cadre of bantamweight contenders she would soon take on. She perceives the bantamweight division as a “sausage water division”, a slang suggesting that the division is bland or tasteless, implying very little could deter her.
Dumont, who hails from Brazil, is known for her fearlessness in engaging in social media confrontations. She has recently been involved in a verbal tussle with Mayra Bueno Silva, an upcoming title challenger. Silva, colloquially known as “Sheetara”, is preparing to vie against Raquel Pennington for the vacant title in January. In a fan meet-and-greet before UFC Sao Paulo, Silva aimed at Dumont’s history of failing to make weight. She retorted that Dumont needs to make weight first, referencing Dumont’s previous struggles. Quick to respond, Dumont hit back at Silva by bringing up Silva’s recent suspension following a failed drug test for ritalinic acid.
Interestingly, Dumont, despite never having officially competed at bantamweight in the Octagon, ranks at the number 10 spot, surpassing Miesha Tate and Josiane Nunes. Her last attempt in 2020 saw her weighing in at 3.5 pounds over against Ashlee Evans-Smith. With a streak of three consecutive wins, albeit all in the 145-pound category, the position Dumont will occupy in the bantamweight championship hierarchy remains to be seen.