Virna Jandiroba has provided her opinion on former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.
Brazilian politics usually isn’t discussed in the North American MMA media, but the controversial former president has recently made the headlines several times. After receiving massive backlash, Bolsonaro fled Brazil and found shelter in UFC legend Jose Aldo’s home in Florida.
There have been several well-known MMA fighters to support Bolsonaro, including Aldo, Wanderlei SIlva, and Shogun Rua. Jandiroba decided to reveal another side of the 38th Brazilian president during an in-depth Bloody Elbow interview:
“Bolsonaro offends me and my people on several levels. It’s impossible for me to like him. I try not to criticize fighters individually, though. I believe it has a lot to do with being ignorant. I also think it flirts with the military concept. Martial arts were born from military tactics, so I think they flirt. However, I think it’s contradictory…”
Jandiroba opened up to Bloody Elbow about her political views, including a story about her grandfather being killed by a Brazilian dictatorship. The UFC strawweight also detailed her belief that Bolsonaro’s close relationship with male MMA fighters is associated with sexism.
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Virna Jandiroba believes Brazilian fighters potentially support Jair Bolsonaro because of sexism
Virna Jandiroba stated that most male Brazilian MMA fighters gravitate towards Jair Bolsonaro because of sexism. During the same interview with Bloody Elbow, Jandiroba had this to say:
“There is also a lot of sexism. This is a sport dominated by men. It’s going to take a long time for us to overcome that, but it’s important that we take that first step. There are already some men who think differently. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. We’re such a diverse country. Martial arts should be for everybody…’
Jandiroba’s love for martial arts significantly affects her confusion about fighters supporting Bolsonaro. She concluded by saying:
“So how can you believe that it is for everybody and at the same time support someone who says that minorities should accept whatever the majority imposes (an infamous line proclaimed by Bolsonaro in one his speeches). It’s a bit contradictory, isn’t?”
Jandiroba denounced Bolsonaro on live TV after beating Angela Hill in May 2022. The unanimous decision win advanced the Brazilian to a promotional record of 4-3. She is currently the number ten ranked UFC strawweight with hopes of going on a title run in the future.