Viral 500-pound man slayer Darina Mazdyuk returns at Bellator Russia
When a video surfaced in November 2020 of a 135-pound woman cage fighting a 529-pound man in Russia, people really didn’t know what to think. The word ‘freakshow’ is used quite often in mixed martial arts, but it doesn’t get much weirder than that.
Without knowing much more about how the fight was staged, it all seemed somewhat exploitative from the woman involved, the flyweight Darina Mazdyuk, the man, the blogger Grigory Chistyakov, or both. But it turns out that the fight was actually conceptualized by Mazdyuk herself in an attempt to gain international attention and hopefully a contract with a great fighting medium … and it worked.
A year later, Darina Mazdyuk will make her Bellator debut in this weekend’s Bellator Russia preliminaries.
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Darina Madzyuk (139 pounds) vs. Grigory Chistyakov (529 pounds)
From a recent event called “OUR BUSINESS” (Наше Дело) in Russia. I do not know what to say. God have mercy on us all. https://t.co/rphOHnmbto pic.twitter.com/kwdNMT61JH
– caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 28, 2020
“It was actually me who started it,” Mazdyuk said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “I came up with the idea of fighting someone huge and with that, there is a promotional value not only for Russia, but also for the United States and other countries. It turns out that in this way I was able to draw attention to (myself). In this way, I got a contract with Bellator. “
Now Mazdyuk will have to face someone his size in Katarzyna Sadura, who is 4-4 to Mazdryuk’s 3-1.
“I think after that fight, having a new team, having a new technique and having a new training system, I think that with all those skills that I have acquired, I can endure even more to ‘stand out’ a kind of fight compared to the previous one. “, said. “Even the girl who weighs 50 kilograms can put on a show.”
Bellator Russia will take place on Saturday afternoon, October 23, with the preliminaries beginning at 12:30 pm EST on the Bellator YouTube channel. At 3 p.m. EST, the action changes to Showtime.