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The first female UFC fighter, Luana Pinheiro, will receive a paycheck in Bitcoin thanks to a partnership with Bitwage. She followed the example of her boyfriend, who had already started accepting paychecks in Bitcoin.
Getting Bitcoin as a paycheck is becoming more and more popular. Luana Pinheiro will become the first female UFC fighter to be paid in Bitcoin through a partnership with Bitwage. She followed in the footsteps of her boyfriend, Matheus Nicolau, who had previously adopted the Bitcoin standard in March of this year.
Bitwage is a payroll service provider that allows anyone in the world to convert their paycheck into Bitcoin without the employer's consent.
The company has partnered with Pinheiro to provide services, making her the first female Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter to be paid in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Magazine reported.
Pinheiro is ranked #15 in the strawweight fighting class and will also be the first Latin American athlete to receive her paycheck in Bitcoin. Previously, her boyfriend, Nicolau, who is ranked seventh in the Flyweight UFC class, also partnered with Bitwage.
“I do not think I will have a problem with Bitcoin going down or up,” says Pinheiro. “If it wasn't volatile it wouldn't go up either. Think about this: it takes on average 10-15 years for an individual to get a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so my time preference here is equally long if not longer.”
Nicolau was supportive of his partner's choice, but also spoke of his need to act not only for his own future, but also for the future of his family.
“Luana joining me in going onto the Bitcoin standard makes me very happy and I am more than confident that bold and courageous steps taken today will be a huge win in the future, for both of us,” he said. “We stand and do things together, united and fully in sync, because that is how we are - never above, never below, but always beside each other.”
“And don’t forget that I am from Brazil, so I know a thing or two about inflation and its effects,” said Pinheiro. “I was born around 1994, at that time Brazilian currency Real was introduced and pegged 1:1 to the U.S. dollar at that time. Now it is 5 BRL for 1 USD. What do we use Bitcoin again for?!”
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