Woman vs. man in a bare-knuckle, no-rules fight? It happened, and the story is a wild one



You see them standing there before it starts. A shirtless male kickboxer, idly checking his cup. A woman in a sleeveless shirt, clenching her bare fists and bouncing from foot to foot like she’s standing on a hot stove.

If you didn’t know better, you’d swear they were about to fight, this man and this woman. You’d also swear that this guy standing between them in a T-shirt that reads “No Rules” was encouraging them to do so.

You’d be right, of course, and depending on your own personal sensibilities, you’d probably also be fascinated or horrified by what comes next.

The woman is [autotag]Ediane Gomes[/autotag], who’s now 36 and a seven-year veteran of professional MMA. But back in 2007, when she showed up to fight a local male kickboxer for the now-defunct Rio Heroes organization, she was a reformed drug addict and former Sao Paulo street kid just trying to…

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