“There is no way this was not intended”: The title fight in Canada ends in controversy following alleged fouls.


Brazilian atomweight Elisandra Ferreira is protesting her championship loss to Anastasia Nikolakakos after three alleged uncalled fouls in the co-main event of Pallas Athena Women’s Fighting Championship 2 in Calgary, Canada, on Aug. 27.

Ferreira met Canada’s undefeated Nikolakakos for a 105-pound belt and she is accusing the local fighter of landing illegal blows over the course of the fight. The referee did not deduct any points and judges ultimately awarded Nikolakakos a technical decision after an illegal knee to the head forced the end of the fight in the fourth round.

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” I don’t know if her fouls were committed because she felt threatened,” Ferreira said to MMA Fighting. “The headbutt was in the first round, when she took me down and I held her arm to maybe go for the armbar or do a hip escape. I was shocked when she looked at me. I felt it go numb but they didn’t take any points away from her. I decided to go back and fight, but it wasn’t the same anymore.

“She attempted to takedown me in round three. I took it seriously and went for the choke with the guillotine right away. I could hear her making noises like she was going to tap, and that’s when she stuck her fingers to my ribs. I yelled at the referee, but she took it out by the time he went there to check it, and I had lost pressure on the choke already.

“She sat me down in round 4 and then went side control, and kneed my head. There’s no way that was not intentional. I don’t know why she committed those fouls, but that’s three fouls and no points deducted. The video shows her doing the fouls. In her interview after the fight, she said mistakes happen. She didn’t apologize, she said like it was normal.”

Nikolakakos responded to the accusations in a statement to MMA Fighting, saying “my team is taking care of it, management and coaches.” The victory boosted her professional MMA record to 4-0. This was Nikolakakos’ fist bout since stopping Ashley Medina at Invicta FC 33 in 2018.

“I’m not going to add anything to it,” Nikolakakos stated. It doesn’t matter what they say, it’s the first time that I hear this because I don’t pay much attention. So thank you for sharing .”


“I’m an athlete and that’s what I need to focus on.”

Ferreira stated that she filed an appeal to the Calgary Combative Sports Commission in hopes the outcome is overturned. She is now asking the PAWFC to arrange a rematch. Ferreira said “the commission has agreed to review the fight but hasn’t told me yet if they will overturn it.”

MMA Fighting reached out to the CCSC to get their opinion, but have not received a reply.