An unbelievable total of ridiculousness ensued all over 2020 the even more along we all acquired in the calendar year. To perfectly summarize 2020 with a capper, the MMA environment provided us with an intergender openweight exhibition bout in November pitting Russia’s Darina Mazdyuk vs. the 500-moreover pound YouTuber, Grigory Chistyakov (also acknowledged as Grisha Polnoe).
Mazdyuk, 28, is a strong prospect who has competed in the 135-pound bantamweight and 145-pound featherweight divisions. Even so, up right up until her viral first-round TKO victory, the 4-1 pro was a digital unfamiliar outside the house of Russia’s regional scene.
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“The idea to hold this combat arrived from me,” Mazdyuk informed BJPenn.com. “There was no quarrel with Grigory. There was an concept for a battle between a woman and a gentleman. We had been on the lookout for a lengthy time for anyone who would concur. The organizers uncovered two fighters and from them I selected Grigory.”
Prior to Mazdyuk vs. Polnoe in Nashe Delo Fights on Nov. 26, “The Red Queen” final fought in March wherever she picked up a unanimous selection against Marina Kigeleva. The acquire extended her streak to 3 and like a lot of in 2020, left Mazdyuk undertaking extra observing of fights than taking part — extra so typical bouts from the earlier or the women’s scene, to be precise.
For the Moscow native, she has an passion for the art of placing and that would make feeling considering her qualifications. In phrases of inspirations and fighters that Mazdyuk has loved learning from, she notes names these types of as Kostya Tszyu, Andy Hug, Lechi Kurbanov, Fedor Emelianenko, Peter Aerts, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Semmy Schilt, and Badr Hari.
“I’ve been looking at action movies with my father since childhood,” shared Mazdyuk. “I was stunned at the possession of the system of Jean-Claude Van Damme. I usually desired to find out how to handle the body and combat.
“As a youngster, I analyzed at an artwork university. I begun practicing martial arts by incident when I was 15 several years previous. It was Russian hand-to-hand preventing, then sambo, and ultimately, I begun working towards Kyokushin karate which I devoted eight several years of my lifetime to.”
Just 5 bouts into her job now — six such as the star-building exhibition — Mazdyuk is only receiving began and finds herself positioned in a location to do significant points. On Dec. 15, information broke that the Russian prospect had formally signed an distinctive contract with Bellator MMA.
In 2020, Bellator produced a solid effort and hard work toward setting up up their now high quality 125-pound flyweight division to a stage where by it is now loaded with some of the world’s best expertise. Regardless of in no way competing at flyweight, Mazdyuk is preparing to make the fall-down on her arrival in the advertising.
The former bodybuilder aims to make her debut this Spring but has still to begin figuring out any dates or opponents sorted out. Like all intercontinental fighters, getting a Visa to be able to occur stateside is the 1st purchase of enterprise.
Experienced you instructed Darina Mazdyuk prior to her viral functionality that newfound fame and prospect would occur afterward, she wouldn’t have been stunned.
“Bellator contacted me about a single to two weeks soon after the struggle video arrived out. Notably right after responses of our struggle from the likes of Mickey Rourke, Mark Goddard, and Mike O’Hearn.
“Yes, of class,” she responded when requested if she envisioned to acquire the amount of attention she has. “And I will get even extra consideration when I start off to conquer Bellator.”
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