Russian MMA queen Avsaragova finds a willing opponent to fight her – Reuters

Undefeated Russian MMA fighter Diana Avsaragova will go to the backyard of an American opponent nine years her senior in her next fight, ending a long search for an opponent when she takes on Ashley Deen at Bellator 276 in St. Louis on March 12.

More than seven months after beating Gabriella Gulfin in her last outing for the promotion, Chechnya-based Avsaragova has revealed she will face Deen, 32, in a third Bellator fight that will continue her streak of showdowns in the United States. .

“There were some difficulties with the selection of a rival,” Avsaragova gave Sovsport a possible reflection on her four professional wins so far.

“Surprisingly, many didn’t agree to fight, and Ashley Deen accepted Bellator’s offer.

“I’m in good shape, I did a long training camp with the [Grozny-based] akhmat club.

“I want to go to the fight as soon as possible. My opponent has serious experience, I take preparation very seriously.”

Deen has been out of the cage even longer than Avsaragova, last appearing when she lost to current UFC newcomer Jasmine Jasudavicius by decision in March 2021.

Avsaragova was 16 when Deen first campaigned professionally at flyweight, although the Colorado-based brawler’s longest record is far from flawless, losing six of her 11 professional fights, including four losses. in his seven most recent fights.

There had been rumors that Avsaragova would take on Valerie Loureda – arguably Bellator’s best-known fighter thanks to her nearly 900,000 Instagram following – in a conversation fueled by ‘Pantera’ providing a mock image of the pair standing at side by side two weeks ago.

“Who would like to see this fight? Avsaragova asked, posing a question to her own Instagram fanbase of over 314,000 weeks after Loureda announced she plans to fight three times in 2022.

Avsaragova doesn’t seem too concerned about the identity of any of her opponents.

“I’m a fighter in one of the best leagues in the world” “, she said in a message tagged on the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. “Let’s go. I’m ready to go. Give me a fight. I don’t care who I break.”

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