Melissa Gatto


Making UFC debut vs. Mariya Agapova
May 19, 2020
Gatto (6-0-2) is scheduled to face Mariya Agapova (8-1-0) in a flyweight fight June 13 at a yet-to-be-determined location, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Gatto's UFC debut has been more than a year in the making. She first took a short-notice bantamweight fight versus Talita Bernardo last May, only to withdraw due to injury. The 24-year-old was then scheduled to face Julia Avila at UFC 239 last July but was forced to withdraw after failing an out-of-competition drug test. After completing a one-year suspension retroactive to when she first tested positive (June 5, 2019), Gatto is now eligible to enter the Octagon. She'll be facing off against another UFC newcomer in Agapova, who won her final two fights while competing under the Invicta FC banner.
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Receives one-year suspension
October 17, 2019
Gatto officially received a one-year suspension from the USADA on Thursday after failing a drug test, Damon Martin of reports.
Gatto was forced to withdraw from her UFC debut scheduled for UFC 239 in July due to a failed drug test, and officially received her expected suspension Thursday. She will become eligible again on June 5, 2020, one year from when her positive sample was collected. The 23-year-old owns a 6-0-2 record as a professional fighter.
Second test positive
July 31, 2019
Gatto told Guilherme Cruz of that her 'B' sample tested positive for the banned diuretic furosemide and expects to serve a one-year suspension.
Gatto has now had two separate UFC debut dates scheduled, with the most recent one being cancelled due to a positive drug test. Her original plan was to dispute the results and have her supplements tested, but being a brand new fighter on the UFC roster, she is unable to afford the cost of the test. Instead, she'll stay on the sidelines in hope of scheduling another debut in the summer of 2020. It's a major setback, but at just 23 years old, she'll have plenty of time to climb back up the ladder.
Withdrew due to failed drug test
July 20, 2019
Gatto withdrew from UFC 239 in June due to a failed out-of-competition drug test, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Gatto was scheduled to fight Julia Avila at UFC 239 on July 6, but withdrew for initially undisclosed reasons, now revealed to be a failed drug test. The undefeated bantamweight will have her commission hearing in August, at which point more details surrounding her return timetable will be made available.
Bows out of UFC 239
June 24, 2019
Gatto withdrew from her scheduled bantamweight fight against Julia Avila on July 6 at UFC 239 in Las Vegas, Nolan King and Mike Bohn of report.
The UFC has yet to confirm Gatto's withdrawal, so a specific reason for her absence won't be known until the announcement is official. Pannie Kianzad is reportedly on track to enter the Octagon as a short-notice replacement for Gatto, who remains with an uncertain timetable to make her UFC debut.
Set for UFC Las Vegas debut
June 5, 2019
Gatto will fight Julia Avila at UFC Las Vegas, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
Gatto has yet to lose as a professional, though she owns two draws to her name rising through the ranks. Still just 23, she will make her UFC debut taking on a fighter in Avila, who will also be making her debut. Gatto has won four of her six decision via submission, so expect her to look for takedowns early and often.