As Priscila Cachoeira gears up for her debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), many still wonder about her meteoric rise from addiction to becoming a title contender. It was not an easy journey for the Brazilian flyweight, who will be facing veteran Valentina Shevchenko at the UFCFight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil, on Feb. 3, 2018.
“A series of things hurt me inside…I was mistreated by my father, he said I wasn’t his daughter, he did things to hurt me. The funny thing is that I still had him as an idol,” revealedCachoeira, a young girl from Rio de Janeiro.
Cachoeirawould play volleyball for Fluminense, a Brazilian sports club. She had to leave the team after she was stabbed in the back. While she was recovering from the injury, her own brother-in-law molested her. And, then she caught her boyfriend cheating on her, which turned her world upside down. Theaspiring professional volleyball playerwas no more bothered about school and sports.
Cachoeira started attending parties every day and meeting people who did drugs. She slept during the day and partied every night. This was the time when she started using cocaine, crack, marijuana and “loló” (a cocktail of chloroform and ether).“I spent a long time using crack, more than three years. My biceps were the size of my wrist. Crack almost killed me…I knew I was dying, I knew I was killing myself, but I couldn’t stop. My body kept asking for more drugs, and I couldn’t control myself,”Cachoeira said.
Cachoeira’splight was bothering her motherRosimeri, who had no idea how to handle the situation. At a point,Rosimeri was left with no option but to give her daughter the money to buy drugs.Cachoeirastayed out for days, using drugs non-stop. Then one day, her mother decided to take control of the situation. When Cachoeira did not return home for three days, her mother raided the place she had been staying at and doing drugs all this while. Cachoeira looked at the door and she saw a light. She recognized her mother approaching her. She gave her a hug and they cried together.Rosimerithentook her along never to return.
The days of miseries are now over for the young fighter. After spending years under the control of drugs, Cachoeirapacks a power punch to her miseries. However, the journey between gloom and glory was full of challenges. She wanted to resume sports career, but volleyball wasnot an option anymore. She, then, saw a Muay Thai gym across the street. She sweated out the drugs of her body anddefied the odds to become what she’s today. AUFC title contender,Cachoeiraboasts of eight straight winsin the Brazilian circuit, including four knockout victories.
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