Undefeated Alexandra Albu returns to MMA competition this Saturday when she battles Kailin Curran on the UFC Fight Pass portion of the eagerly anticipated UFC 214 event.
Albu (6-0) has not competed inside the UFC octagon for over two years, with her last fight being in April of 2015. The 27-year-old reveals she was suffering from several injuries and had decided to finish her education.
“There were several reasons. Firstly, I was suffering from a lot of injuries, so immediately after the fight I underwent surgery, which required a fairly long recovery period. Secondly, I was in university, and I had to defend my graduation thesis, which also requires a lot of time” Albu said.
Many MMA media sites including Tapology and Sherdog list Albu’s record as 2-0. This has led many to critisize the UFC for signing Albu when she was apparently only 1-0 as a professional. However, Albu reveals she was actually 5-0 when she first signed to the UFC, improving to 6-0 when she defeated Izabela Badurek in 2015. The UFC also acknowledges her 6-0 record, as shown during her last fight and on their official website. She has a 100% finish rate: Four wins by KO, two by submission (armbar, guillotine).
“I had had five fights when I signed the contract [to the UFC]. The difficulty was in the fact that four of them were in Thailand, and it was not easy to find the data from those tournaments and enter them into the official record. Nevertheless, despite this, the UFC decided to give me a chance. I believe that I didn’t let the organization down, having done well in my debut and finishing the fight early. I have a standard UFC contract; I am supposed to do four fights” Albu said.
The Russian is thankful to the fans who have stuck by her and followed her career during her time away from the sport.
“I would like to thank all my fans who are interested in my competitive career, who support and care for me. It is very pleasant and very motivating. I didn’t stop training in our club, MMA-KEGI, with the exception of the recovery period after surgery. I am aware that it isn’t very good to make such long breaks between fights, but it was necessary” Albu said.
UFC 214 takes place this Saturday 29th July from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, United States. The early prelims featuring Kailin Curran VS Alexandra Albu will be aired on UFC Fight Pass from 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT.