Mariya Agapova


Injury Knee
Est. Return 7/1/2021
Set to undergo knee surgery
September 17, 2020
Agapova will undergo knee surgery to repair an ACL tear in her right knee, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Agapova suffered the injury in her most recent fight on August 22 against Shana Dobson. She will likely not be able to fight again until the Spring of 2021. Agapova is 1-1 in her short time with the UFC.
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Loses as monumental favorite
August 22, 2020
Agapova lost to Shana Dobson via TKO (strikes) at 1:38 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's a result that figures to all but torpedo any chance Agapova may have had of remaining relevant in a painfully-thin 125-pound female division. Entering as a -1300 favorite on the low end and -1700 on the high end, Agapova was beaten by an opponent who had entered on a three-fight losing streak and was without a win in nearly three years. Simply put, Agapova fought recklessly and paid for it. Dobson certainly isn't the most talented fighter on the UFC roster, but everyone in the promotion has talent and can pull an upset under the right circumstances. Agapova has youth on her side -- she won't turn 24 years of age until next April -- but she may not be able to get past this one. Depending on what sportsbook you look at, this is one of the most disappointing efforts from a favorite in UFC history.
Draws Dobson in August
June 21, 2020
Agapova is scheduled to fight Shana Dobson in a flyweight match at the UFC's August 22 event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Agapova is coming off a win over Hannah Cifers (via submission) in Las Vegas earlier this month, kicking off her UFC career on a 1-0 start. After having made impressive use of her superior size in the debut victory, Agapova will now face the task of taking down an opponent who also stands at 5-foot-6. Dobson, for her part, has emerged on the losing end of three of her last four contests, and will be eager to get back on track.
Submission win in UFC debut
June 13, 2020
Agapova defeated Hannah Cifers via submission (Rear-naked choke) at 2:42 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Agopova's dominance on the feet led to the submission. She used her size advantage to land whatever she wanted in the stand up game before finishing off Cifers on the mat with the rear-naked choke. The 23-year-old lost to Tracey Cortez on Dana White's Contender Series last summer but rebounded with a submission win in Invicta in September before routing Cifers on Saturday. Agapova's a legitimate prospect. She's young, energetic, and possesses a respectable all-around game. She'll also go him with an extra $50,000 as one of four combatants awarded Performance of the Night honors.
Gets replacement opponent
June 8, 2020
Agapova will fight Hannah Cifers on Saturday, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
Agapova's initial opponent, Melissa Gatto, was forced to withdraw from the event due to visa issues. As a replacement, she'll now face the task of preparing for Cifers, who is coming off a loss via submission to Mackenzie Dern on May 30. Agapova will have a significant five-inch height advantage to work with, in addition to eight inches of superior reach. Early oddsmakers peg Agapova as roughly a (-225) betting favorite for this matchup.
Seeking new opponent for Saturday
June 7, 2020
Agapova is in search of a new opponent for Saturday after Melissa Gratto was forced to withdraw from the flyweight bout due to visa issues, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Agapova is still expected to remain on the card despite the late withdrawal, but she'll be facing a new flyweight opponent instead of Gatto. The UFC has less that a week to iron out the specifics for next weekend.