Highly touted bantamweight prospect Gina ‘Danger’ Mazany is looking to make a statement at this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 event.
Mazany (4-1-0) is managed by former UFC bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate. She made her short-notice UFC debut in February, losing out to top-ten ranked Sara McMann via first-round submission. 29-year-old explains that she wasn’t prepared for the fight and believes fans will see what she is truly capable of on Saturday.
“Everything was riding against me,” Mazany recently told MMAJunkie. “I was fighting a top opponent, short notice, cut a lot of weight, got sick – it sucked. But the thing I pulled from it is that I really believed in myself. I really believed I was going to win that fight, and I think that’s something you can’t teach. … I’m a lot stronger (in my head) than I thought I was, so it was nice to see that.”
‘Danger’ will be taking on China’s own Yanan Wu (8-1-0). Mazany feels as though Wu is the perfect opponent for her. She is not phazed by the fact she will be the “villain”, considering she’s fighting in her opponent’s home country.
“I’m so excited for this fight because I think my opponent is perfect for me,” she said. “I really couldn’t have had a more perfect girl put in front of me. I think it’ll be a good fight. My first thought was, I’m a big pro wrestling fan, and I’m a big fan of heels. There’s nothing better than going into someone’s backyard (as a villain). There’s not as much pressure.
“She obviously has a good following here and she’s been doing very well here, so that to me is no problem. … I was stoked to get the call, and obviously to visit China is amazing. It’s all just been a great experience so far. I feel like there are a little bit more eyes on me right now. They say when you put pressure on coal, that makes a diamond. … I’m just excited to scrap.”
This Saturday will be a great opportunity for Mazany to make an impact in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. Many fighters from the weight-class have been moving down to the newly created flyweight division, leaving a smaller number of girls competing at 135-pounds. An impressive victory for Mazany could put her into consideration for a place in the UFC’s rankings, heading into 2018.
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UFC Fight Night 122 takes place this Saturday November 25 from the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. The preliminary card featuring Mazany will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass from 3:45am EST.