GTFP 19 is around the corner and if GTFP 18 was any indication, this event is going to be special. Taking place in Wolverhampton, the fight announcements are slowly starting to come out for June 4th. This is already shaping up to be incredibly intriguing, and we’ve got our main event.
Melissa Dixon and Mafalda Carmosa will meet in the final clash of the night. These ladies are both highly sought after prospects coming up in the UK. The winner of this one really turns the page and cements herself as one of the best ladies on the UK pro scene.
GTFP 19: A Unique Main Event
It’s rare to see a domestic show headlined by the ladies across the pond, but that’s just what we’ve got. Melissa Dixon and Mafalda Carmona is a fight that is only fit for a main event. Dixon has a track record that promises she’s bringing the pain, and Carmona is prone to violent affairs of her own.
Neither of these ladies has ever won by going to the scorecards, finishes only. Through her seven victories combined, Dixon has finished every single one of those opponents via TKO. In three pro wins for Carmona, she’s seen a corner stoppage, doctor stoppage and TKO victory.
Even in Dixons’ losses as an amateur, she was never once finished. In Carmona’s loss as a pro, she went to a decision. If you’re picking up what I’m putting down, then you realize each of these ladies has finished all of their wins and never been stopped. Something HAS to give. This fight is going to be equal and opposite forces colliding in the center, and only the baddest of them all will come out on top.
Melissa Dixon (2-0)
Melissa Dixon stands undefeated at 2-0 as a pro, with both of her wins coming in GTFP. Most recently, Melissa defeated Danielle Misteli just last month at GTFP 18 on March 5th. In both of her professional appearances, Melissa has secured a first-round stoppage. First, she stopped Josie Blaber in 3:25, and then Misteli played the victim. 4:47 is all it took to dispose of Danielle, so it’s safe to say Melissa is hunting an early finish.
Dixon took a route that many UK fans have seen before, yet never cedes to amaze. She came up through IMMAF as an amateur, even going as far as the IMMAF European finals in 2019. What’s more impressive is her route there, which is one that has a reoccurring tone. In the first round, Melissa took out her opponent in 64 seconds. Surely, this was a one-off as the level of competition at the IMMAFs often leads to a lack of finishes in the tournament. Except her second opponent was only in there for 72 seconds before Dixon disposed of her as well. To reach the finals, Melissa stopped one final opponent. This time, she stopped Christina Papasotirou in the third round to reach the finals of the tournament. This is the only fight Melissa has ever won outside of the first round.
With seven MMA wins under her belt including the amateur circuit, Dixon has taken out EVERY SINGLE OPPONENT via stoppage, with only one leaving the first round. Melissa is a born finisher and comes into every fight looking to wipe out the opposition. When it comes to this time, there’s no easy task at hand.
Mafalda Carmona (3-1)
Fighting out of Lisbon, Mafalda Carmona went pro in May of 2021 and had a busy year. From May through October, Mafalda saw her first three fights, all of which she won via stoppage. In May she fought at Soko Fighting Championship, then July was GMC Fight Night and her third victory came at European Beatdown 8. In her most recent bout though, Carmona dropped her first professional bout to an opponent who had over 15 fights experience coming in.
Often times a fighter’s first loss is what they grow most from, and in the case of Carmona, it’s hard not to believe. Dropping a competitive bout to a veteran with over fifteen fights when you’ve got less than five is exactly the type of experience that can push you to the next level in MMA.
GTFP 19 is where Carmona looks to show that she’s found that next level after coming off of a loss to a well-respected veteran of the game. She wants to come into the UK and prove a point. If she defeats Melissa Dixon, it will be hard not to take her seriously.
GTFP 19 Goes Down June 4th
If you’re anywhere near Wolverhampton come June, make your way to GTFP 19 and you won’t regret it. If GTFP has shown anything to us in the past, it’s that they’ll show out each and every time. We plan to have feet down on the scene and will bring you all of the pre and post-fight content you could ask for here on Combat Sports UK.
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