‘I Would Love To’- Julia Avila Ready To Pay Daniel Cormier For Getting Blood on His Suit

Published 07/01/2021, 10:43 AM EDT


UFC women’s bantamweight contender, Julia Avila, recently picked up a 3rd round submission win over Julija Stoliarenko at UFC Fight Night 190. This was her 3rd win in 4 fights for the promotion. Her last match against Sijara Eubanks had ended in a unanimous decision loss.

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The win over Stoliarenko was not the only highlight of the match. After the match, she got emotional and embraced former dual division champion, Daniel Cormier, and in the process, rinsed his suit with bloodstains.

In a recent interview, the American opened up and gave insights into what she thought about the incident. “I would love to if I got that bonus,” Avila told when asked about paying ‘DC’ for the suit.

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“But I would buy him a new suit. No, actually I felt so bad about that and I do, and I will pay for your dry cleaning and also none of it’s my blood (giggles).”

She added, “So, maybe she (Stoliarenko) could pay for that. I’m kidding.”

Coming to the match, Avila came out on full throttle like usual and rushed in for the assault. Stoliarenko countered with some exchanges and landed some vicious punches of her own, but she got busted up pretty quickly.

Avila stayed in control, heading into the third round. In the last frame, Stoliarenko tried hard to take the action to the canvas. “Raging Panda” though, would end up taking control where she worked for the submission to finish the match.

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Julia Avila dedicates her win to a deceased friend

Avila (9-2) appeared for the post-fight press conference and detailed her emotions about the fight. “There were so many emotions. I want to fight for my fans,” she said.

“I want to fight for something that is bigger than myself. I’m not angry. I don’t want vengeance. I fight for love. I just lost my friend to cancer and I fight for her. I fought my first fight in the UFC for her and I dedicate this win to her.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (R-L) Julia Avila punches Sijara Eubanks in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

She added, “My teammates, we all left (our gym) and we had nowhere to go. We found a home with each other, so I fight for them. It’s just all the emotions, everything just coming together, and I’m so happy. I’m so genuinely happy.”

‘Raging Panda’ further added she is looking forward to two more fights before the end of this year. Her dominant victories and a good start with UFC will surely keep her in good stead going ahead.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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