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MMA fighter wins fighting championship while unknowingly 12 weeks pregnant

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Before her doctor’s visit, Brazilian MMA fighter Kinberly Novaes was failing to lose enough weight to compete in an upcoming fight, her RFA debut against Jocelyn Jones — in fact, the opposite was happening. “I … gained 2.2 pounds in six days,” she explained, “I finally decided to go to the hospital [last week], and the doctor immediately asked me if I was pregnant. I insisted I was not … One hour later, he told us I was.” Novaes, who is now 24 weeks along and expecting a boy with her fellow MMA-fighter boyfriend, did the math and figured out that she had won the May’s Noxii 115 Pound Title in Brazil while only 12 weeks pregnant. Both Novaes and her baby are healthy. The Noxii championship is not regulated by the country’s MMA Athletic Commission and promoter Bruno Barros has taken the blame for allowing a pregnant woman to fight, telling, “I didn’t even think about the possibility of a woman fighting while pregnant, going through a camp and dehydrating and everything.”

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