There is a special thrill and anticipation that surrounds mixed martial arts. It is so much more than just a fight– it is two elite athletes squaring off in a cage to test their skills against one another. Who will be able execute their gameplan? Which fighter will impose his or her will onto the other? Who can make split-second, in-fight adjustments and decisions?
Every fighter enters the Octagon with a different story. No two athlete’s paths or motivations are the same. These narratives, unique to each fighter, truly make each fight feel like a main event.
These are the storylines of UFC Vegas 7.
Mariya Agapova: Pleasure Through Fighting
Kazakhstan’s Agapova is arguably one of the brightest flyweight prospects to emerge in 2020. Riding a three-fight win streak following her first pro loss on the Contender Series, Agapova has garnered attention from fight fans for her aggressive style. She earned a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus in her UFC debut and is getting another opportunity to be featured on the main card this Saturday, this time as a massive favorite to beat Dobson.
Shana Dobson: A Must-Win
“Danger” entered the UFC in 2017, after competing on Season 26 of TUF. In her debut, she scored a second round TKO of Ariel Beck. Dobson would go on to drop her next three Octagon appearances. At UFC Vegas 7, her back is against the wall as she fights for her UFC career. Can Dobson turn things around?
Mizuki Inoue: Experience and Youth
With a 14-5 record and 10+ years of pro experience, it’s hard to believe that Mizuki is only 26-years-old. Mizuki, who turned pro at age 16 in 2010, fought the majority of her career under the Invicta FC and Deep Jewels banners, before getting her first UFC fight almost a year ago. She may not be a household name to casual MMA fans, but Mizuki has fought a who’s who of WMMA— her resume includes wins over Alex Chambers, Bec Rawlings, Viviane Pereira and Yanan Wu opposite losses to Ayaka Hamasaki, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Alexa Grasso and Virna Jandiroba.
Inoue was originally scheduled to face Tecia Torres in March, however, the bout was cancelled due to the coronavirus. Can a win at UFC Vegas 7 can set Mizuki up for a higher profile opportunity at strawweight?
Amanda Lemos: A Rough Start
After a rocky start to her UFC career, Brazil’s Lemos is only looking forward. In 2017, Lemos debuted against Leslie Smith— losing by second round TKO in the first loss of her pro career. Following the loss, she received a two-year USADA sanction. Lemos returned in 2019, dropping down to the strawweight division and picking up her first promotional win— a first round submission finish of Miranda Granger. On Saturday, she gets an opportunity to put together a win streak against battle tested veteran Mizuki Inoue. Can Lemos stand out at 115?
As hype continues builds behind Agapova, will she continue to deliver?