She also notices a difference in her body that comes down to flyweight, namely her athleticism and movement. Mazo hopes to turn that physicality into a dominant win over Agapova, who returns after nearly 14 months of inactivity.
Agapova turned heads on her UFC debut, an avalanche-like victory over Hannah Cifers, but she couldn’t capitalize on her hype when she lost to Shana Dobson a few months later. Mazo knows her opponent’s eagerness to get back on track, but she isn’t overly concerned with what she has to present to him in the Octagon.
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“My eyes are open and I’m ready for anything,” Mazo said. “I have been successful in my training in absolutely every situation so it’s not like anything new is going to happen. Sure, anything can happen, but I’ll be ready there for what she shows me. I feel like a key part is being smart in this fight. Not just go out there and fight because I already have a little bit of experience, and I feel a lot more mature. Like, ‘OK, no. Let’s settle this. It’s my time. ‘”
The 5-foot-7 Mazo believes her length and reach gives her the tools to hold onto anyone in the flyweight division, and her developing knowledge of how to use those physical gifts is tightly knit. linked to his success in the Octagon. After turning things around in training and rebuilding her fight camp in a way she wholeheartedly believes in, Mazo is buzzing with confidence during Fight Week.
As for how she’ll feel when she takes the march, it’s more of a self-confidence as well as a certainty that she’ll send a message to the entire division on fight night.
“They will see a different Sabina, a different version of myself,” Mazo said. “It will be the best so far. I’ll come back just to make a few statements.