Contender Series alum Mariya Agapova signs with UFC

Contender Series alum and Invicta FC vet Mariya Agapova has signed with the UFC.

Agapova (8-1) shared the news on her social media on Wednesday.

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Dreams Come True. This is a translation of one of my tattoos. I always knew and felt it. Today something happened that I have been going all my life to. Thank you Shannon @shanknapp for giving me the chance to show myself in @invictafc. Thanks to my teammates. You have no idea how much you mean to me! A year ago, I looked at you from the TV screen. And I promised myself that I would become as strong as you. And now we are a team. And you helped me all the time on my hard way. And now I am UFC fighter like you. Thanks to my best managers in the world @alexdavismma @alexeyzhernakov @alexandrromashov13 for their well-coordinated work. And help me in every bad situation. Thanks to my coaches who put a lot of effort and work into me @rinat_bahitovich @deoliveira_coach @kingmofh @macarraodossantos @katelkubis @evertonvvoliveira @rocco.fabricio Thanks everyone! The guys from the gym this year became my family. I came here every day, even when it seemed to me that everything was over, and my dream never come true. I woke up every day, and watched the inscription on the sheet that I would fight in the UFC in 2020. And I went to ATT. Fighters from all over the world, from different states, are training there. And we have no one here but each other. We are really a huge family. And I'm incredibly happy that there are so many amazing people around me, and that I have become part of a huge family. In one family you are born, and one family you find(c) @brian666werner I'll write a book soon guys. And now this book has a happy ending! And thanks to my beautiful followers, my suns for your help, donations and support! You were my ray of light in bad moments! Thanks to your help, I paid for the house, bought food, and did not give up. Because you all supported me! My guys! Thank you for everything. In a couple of months I will be in the resource to send each of you a thanks gift. Thanks all my friends for supporting me! And for all this time I understood one thing: Not all the people who hug you are your friends. And not all people who beat up you – your enemies. @amandaufcribas @amanda_leoa @joannajedrzejczyk @maryna_moroz_ufc @markaomaluko @valerieloureda

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Kazakhstan’s Agapova made her pro debut in 2015. She racked up six straight wins before earning a chance to compete on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019, where she lost a decision to Tracy Cortez.

Following the first loss of her career, Agapova signed with Invicta and scored two straight first round finishes of Alexa Conners and Marilia Santos. She was scheduled to compete at Invicta FC 39, however, a car accident forced her out of the out of the bout.

The 22-year-old trains at American Top Team in Florida.

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