UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Rodriguez- Sabina Mazo vs Mariya Agapova: Prediction and Analysis

Published 10/09/2021, 1:35 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Sabina Mazo of Colombia punches Justine Kish of Russia in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC flyweight prospects Sabina Mazo and Mariya Agapova will go head-to-head on the main card for UFC Vegas 39. Both women are looking to make an impact by heading into the top 15 rankings in a talent-stacked division. Mazo and Agapova have both shown tremendous promise in their careers thus far and there’s a lot to be excited about when they compete.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The women’s flyweight division has been on lockdown by the undisputed champion Valentina Shevchenko for a meaningful period of time. ‘The Bullet’ has made every successive title defense look easier, and she’s put on absolute shutout performances. As it stands, Shevchenko has looked unstoppable, however, Mazo and Agapova believe they have what it takes.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

‘Goofy Looking A** Get Real’- Cris Cyborg Roasts a Fan on Twitter

14 days ago

UFC Vegas 39: Sabina Mazo vs Mariya Agapova

‘The Columbian Queen’ lost her last fight to Alexis Davis back in February 2021 via split decision. Prior to the defeat, Mazo was on a three-fight win streak and she was looking like a major player in the division. She will need to get back on track against Agapova to maintain her upward trajectory up the ranks.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (R-L) Justine Kish of Russia punches Sabina Mazo of Colombia in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Sabina Mazo trains out of Kings MMA and has carried forward a methodical approach throughout the 15-minute contest. Mazo is adept at pacing herself through each round in order and she tends to land heavier shots in the last few minutes of each round.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Mariya Agapova was defeated in her last outing by Shana Dobson in a rather surprising display of grappling dominance. Agapova lost her Dana White’s Contender Series appearance against Tracy Cortez and went over to Invicta to pick up the pieces. After putting together two straight wins, she found herself competing under the UFC banner.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 22: Shana Dobson punches Mariya Agapova of Kazakhstan in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Watch This Story

Agapova is extremely clinical with her strikes and she’s able to initiate her superior Jiu-Jitsu game off well-placed attacks. The fighter out of Kazakhstan is quick to chase the back and has locked up several RNC submissions in her career. With a promising overall game, Agapova will back herself no matter where the fight goes.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Prediction: Sabina Mazo to claim a unanimous decision victory

Read this story: UFC Champions Who Never Successfully Defended Their Belts

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Darryl Pinto

1934 articles

Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT