Avila has faced nine different fight cancellations or changes of opponents in his first three UFC appearances, with injuries, cards dropped due to global pandemics, and positive COVID-19 tests among the various reasons. for which his plans were changed. This weekend’s fight with Stoliarenko will be the first time in her UFC career that she has faced the opponent she was originally scheduled to fight, although it will also be the second time the two have penciled in. to hit himself in the face.
“It’s been a roller coaster from the very start, but I’m ready to fight,” says Avila, resigned to her ways. “I like to fight; I don’t care who it’s against. I know it’s not the smartest way to go about it, but I want my fans to know I’m here, I’m ready to fight, and I don’t care who it is.
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This roller coaster ride also continued in his life outside of the Octagon last year, in addition to losing his job following a pandemic downsizing shortly after his loss to Eubanks, Avila was also ruthlessly kicked out of her longtime gym, leaving her with no place to call home for a song.
While she received a lot of offers from her fellow fighters and took a few trips to work with James Krause and the Glory MMA & Fitness team in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, the perpetual mutlitasker chose to add “owner instead. from the gym “to his resume, opening the aptly named Outsiders Combat Club.