Documentary Photographer Diego Herculano is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From the project ‘Favela Kombat : Girls Fight Back’. To see Diego’s body of work, click on any image.
In Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, where violence and drug trafficking prevail, a group of women who have suffered or witnessed some kind of abuse, found an unconventional and powerful way to fight back. Trying to overcome slum poverty and the prejudices of a mostly male sport, these women have learned how to punch life back.
Brave and determined, they all dream in participating on the largest event of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the world: the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). For most of them, unfortunately, the biggest challenges start outside the fight ring.
According to a survey conducted by Ibope Repucom, 30 million Brazilians say they are fans of MMA. Interestingly, of the 30 million, 47% are women, which shows the recent female interest in this sport.
All images (2019) and text © Diego Herculano
By Diego Herculano
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