One of the best 125lb flyweights in the world, Polish undefeated star Agnieszka Niedzwiedz returns this Saturday to take on Samara Santos Cuhna in the main event of Ladies Fight Night. The event will take place at the Hotel Gołębiewski in Karpacz, Poland.
Niedzwiedz (8-0-0) is currently part of the Invicta FC roster which airs on UFC Fight Pass, however they have given her special permission to compete in her home country to close out the year. She begun fighting in 2012 and has quickly rose up the rankings, she is currently the number 8 ranked 125lb flyweight in the world according to the Women’s Pro MMA World Rankings and has her sights set on the number 1 spot. She is yet to taste defeat in the cage and enjoys finishing her fights, 6 of her 8 wins have come due to finishes including TKO/KO’s, chokes and armlocks.
She speaks to us ahead of Saturday’s fight, she tells us how she got into the sport, her training, why she’s the best in the world, ambitions to become the UFC flyweight queen, being a mother, Invicta FC flyweight champion Jennifer Maia, the return of Ronda Rousey and lots more.
How did you get in to the sport?
When I was 7 years old my mom took me to the Judo class and that’s how everything begun.
What team are you currently training with?
I am currently training with Grappling Krakow. It is one of the best Polish gyms with many guys in lower divisions and a very demanding coach Lukasz Chlewicki. Training hard is the only way to get better.
Do you like to stand with your opponents or take them to the ground?
What I do like most is to take the fight to the ground and use my elbows to finish the fight or look for a submission. I have a judo background and I feel very comfortable in the clinch.
What separates you from every other fighter in your division?
I think I am a very well-rounded fighter and that I am very good in every area of the fight. I have a very strong mind so nothing can disturb me during the fight. I am also picking up new techniques really fast and am getting better and better every day.
If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be?
Right now my dream is to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk at an event in Poland for the UFC Flyweight Title and to become the first ever UFC 125lbs champion. For now it is my dream fight and I am doing everything in my power to make that dream come true.
Aside from MMA, what else do you enjoy doing?
I have little son so I can be a bit of a kid myself. I am spending the whole of my free time playing with Alan and that’s a really great time, having fun with my baby.
Does being undefeated add extra pressure for your fights?
Not at all. I do not feel any pressure on remaining undefeated. Years of competing in Judo prepared me for that. I know I may lose at some point and I am ready for that but I do not think about it at all.
What’s next for you with a win on Friday, would you like to fight the Invicta FC 125lb champ Jennifer Maia, or would you like to take another fight first?
When I signed my Invicta FC contract I said to my manager that I want to have that flyweight belt and nothing has changed. We are doing everything to get a title fight. I hope that in my next fight I’ll get a title shot or at least a fight that will bring me very close to that fight. I will be very happy to fight Maia next.
What are your opinions on Jennifer Maia as a fighter?
To be honest I only know that she is Invicta FC champion and has something that I want to take from her. I do not know her, I never saw her fight so I do not have an opinion. She has a belt and I will come for that belt sooner rather than later.
A big fight will close out the year when Ronda Rousey returns to take on Amanda Nunes. How do you see that fight going?
I think Ronda is back as a much better fighter than she was prior to her loss. Holm fight was a tough lesson for her but I think she has worked on her weaknesses and is now better than ever.
What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2017 ?
I want to be UFC Flyweight Champion by the end of 2017 but before that I will get the Invicta FC belt. In the meantime, on December 17th I will fight on Ladies Fight Night in Poland and I can’t wait to fight again in Poland so I am very excited!
Agnieszka Niedzwiedz returns this Saturday to take on Samara Santos Cuhna in the main event of Ladies Fight Night. The event will take place at the Hotel Gołębiewski in Karpacz, Poland. A free live stream of the event will be available on the day by clicking HERE.