Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) flyweight champion Sabina Mazo suffered her UFC debut loss at UFC Philadelphia prelims against Maryna Moroz. Nervousness perhaps kept the Colombian from recording her first UFC victory.
“I started off slow and she [Moroz] changed her strategy that moment, well a fight is a fight,” Mazo said. “Ultimately, it was my goal to come out with a win but the next one will be.”
“The Colombian Queen” lost by unanimous decision. Instantly as the verdict came out, reactions flooded over tweets of Mazo’s debut being overhyped and not living to what fans expected. All three judges gave every single round to Moroz.
Betting odds favored the former LFA flyweight by -165, while the betting line for Moroz was at +135. “The Colombian Queen” came into her UFC debut with a 6-0 record, her last four fights were in LFA’s flyweight division.
Despite not winning a round, Mazo landed 128 significant strikes compared to 112 landed by Moroz. However, the Ukrainian attempted 102 more strikes and pressed Mazo from the beginning of the first round until the end.
Moroz boxing background didn’t go unnoticed as she cut the ring constantly and unloading rapid punching combinations, not giving the Colombian any distance between to establish her deadly signature knockout head kick.
Moroz encountered back-to-back defeats: Carla Esparza in 2017, and Angela Hill a year after. The Ukrainian strawweight went up a weight class to fight Mazo in the flyweight division at 125 pounds.
“I had a lot of energy because I cut weight, not much pounds I cut now, about 12 or 15,” Moroz said. “I feel [stronger], I can do takedowns now.”
“Iron Lady” Moroz looks to earn a spot for a higher card fight, meanwhile Mazo awaits for her next bout to reclaim her dominance she displayed in the LFA.