Ediane Gomes, is now a seven-year veteran of professional MMA. Back in 2007 however, she was a reformed drug addict and former street kid desperate to make some money.
Gomes will tell you now, that’s mostly what it was about for her… the money. She’d been trying to break into pro fighting but was having trouble getting a fight. A friend told her about the underground, bare-knuckle, no-rules operation that Rio Heroes was running, and also told her that she could make as much as $500 if she won. Despite this, Gomes didn’t exactly know what she was getting into from the beginning.
“When I was first told about it, it was my understanding that it wouldn’t be a real fight,” Gomes said. “I thought we’d be pretending to fight for a movie. I didn’t know that much about fighting. When I arrived, I found out this was for real. I wasn’t sure I should be doing it. Then I found out I could get $250 to fight and $250 more if I won. That’s a lot of money in Brazil. A lot of MMA events in Brazil just pay a fraction of that. I figured I’d make some money even if I lost.”