Landing a significant promotional deal after combating a special gendered one that weighed over 4 instances greater than her? It was all a part of a much bigger plan, in keeping with Bellator flyweight Darina Mazdyuk.
When video surfaced on-line of 135-pound Mazdyuk (3-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) scrapping with a 529-pound man – and beating him – the bout instantly entered MMA infamy. As viral as viral will get, followers from world wide watched in awe, disgust, and even laughter.
“It was actually me who initiated it,” Mazdyuk advised MMA Junkie by an interpreter at a digital Bellator 269 information convention Tuesday. “I got the idea of fighting someone huge and with that, there’s a promotional value not just for Russia, but for the U.S. and other countries. It turns out, this way I was able to draw attention to (myself). This way, I scored a Bellator contract.”
Score a Bellator contract, she did. After a wave of consideration, Mazdyuk was shortly supplied a multifight deal from one of many world’s prime MMA organizations. While she doubts a duplicated effort could have an equal impact, Mazdyuk thinks there’s a spot in fight sports activities for outside-the-box, attention-grabbing contests.
“That actually was kind of the goal, to reach a lot of people and actually show the crowd that such fights can take place and how exciting they would be,” Mazdyuk mentioned. “Such sports are particularly exciting and something to look at aside from your normal, classical, traditional point of view on fighting. That was the goal for me.”
Though the expertise was distinctive and maybe one she received’t take part in once more, Mazdyuk walked away a greater, extra technical fighter. Although she’ll combat a extra “traditional” opponent Saturday in fellow ladies’s flyweight Katarzyna Sadura at Bellator 269, Mazdyuk expects followers to stroll away with an identical sense of awe.
“I believe that, after that fight, having new equipment, having new technique, and having just a new system of training, I believe that with all those skills I’ve acquired, I can put up even more of a ‘sticking out’ kind of a fight compared to the previous one,” Mazdyuk mentioned. “Even the girl who weighs 50 kilograms can make a show.”
Bellator 269 takes place Saturday at VTB Arena in Moscow. The most important card airs on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.