Almost a calendar year ago, Kazakhstan’s flyweight Mariya Agapova knocked on the UFC’s doorway at Dana White’s Contender Sequence. She delivered on Saturday night in her UFC debut by distributing Hannah Cifers via very first-round rear-bare choke.
“I want a very good existence that I are worthy of. It was done, it was concluded. I just fought with all or almost nothing,” Agapova said. “I’m so happy because now I know that all my sh-t will be fastened and finally, I get a normal lifetime. I just survived and following signing with the UFC, matters received superior with sponsorships.”
About a yr ago, a piece of Agapova’s tooth arrived out, when she was in the locker place. She has not been ready to go to the health care provider mainly because of the wrestle of her funds.
“Finally, I can do it. I experienced money problems all calendar year when I stayed in this article in the U.S.,” Agapova stated. “I have tooth problems and its been acquiring worse and worse. Almost everything was f-cked up all calendar year. I just fight for my fantastic foreseeable future, for a good lifetime simply because I’m fatigued of normally just surviving.”
American Top rated Team’s Agapova overcame a lot of obstacles to make her UFC deal. Meanwhile, boxing mentor Gabriel de Oliveira has viewed the flyweight evolve in her placing.
“When she missing the combat in the Contender Sequence the next week they set her to get the job done with me,” Oliveira said. “I didn’t work with her in planning for her Contender Sequence battle. She began evolving within just her two fights through her brief tenure at Invicta FC. We labored on positioning, on straight punches and movement.”
As the principal function began, Agapova was on the cellphone with her spouse and children back in Kazakhstan, while her coaches Gabriel de Oliveira and “King Mo” tuned in to see if she would earn a “Performance of the Night” bonus.
“We are viewing the final combat to see if Mariya wins a functionality reward. She did everything – landed tough punches, defended takedowns and finished with a submission,” Oliveira reported. “She controlled the length through the total struggle and she made her experience each punch she landed.”
The UFC flyweight obtained numerous compliments from her relatives, but there was also a lot of buzz of her debut in just the group of Pavlodar, Kazakhstan.
“They are very happy for me. My sister lives in a quite little town back again residence. Everyone told her, ‘oh your sister Mariya Agapova, oh!’ A few of times in the past my phone broke,” Agapova explained. “Now, I bought two damaged phones, and 1 of them broke when I arrived to Las Vegas.”
Agapova has a few consecutive first-spherical finishes. She identified as out Shana Dobson in her submit-combat interview:
“Shana Dobson end operating absent from me. Let’s go combat below, I’ll fulfill you in this article.”
In the beginning, matchmakers required to match up Agapova with Dobson, right before they moved on to Melissa Gatto. Dobson turned down the fight for an not known reason.
The new UFC flyweight returned to the UFC Apex, because her overall look in DWCS. This time she did not depart it to the judges and embraced the adrenaline that fuels her.
“Casinos are not intriguing for me, I like emotion. I want to go on a roller coaster and go particularly quickly,” Agapova stated. “People require soul, I just give it to them. They just want to see something appealing. I hope they give me great money for this [laughs].”