Mariya Agapova was last seen in action at UFC Fight Night: Munhoz vs. Edgar, suffering a unanimous decision loss to Shana Dobson.
That loss came with an added set of consequences for Agapova, as she’ll soon be undergoing knee surgery to repair an ACL tear in her right knee according to MMA Fighting. No date has been set for the surgery at this time because Agapova must first recover from a minor infection. Alex Davis, who is Agapova’s manager, says that Agapova will return better than ever and will learn from her upset loss to Dobson.
“That’s part of the sport,” Davis said. “She was on a huge rise, and I always say there are three phases in a fighter’s life: First, you enter the UFC; second, you start winning; and third, when you gain notoriety. It’s hard when you gain notoriety early on, and she has to restart now. She will naturally have a ton of success because she’s a warrior, but her life completely changed pretty quickly. She went from extreme poverty to having a normal life in a year and dealing with those emotions isn’t easy, having to deal with all the variables of learning to live in the United States and this new life, and that affected her a little bit. She was a bit too anxious for the fight and got too excited, but I think that’s normal, too. Losses are part of the sport and she will shine again soon, but we have to do this knee surgery first.”
There is no word yet on when Agapova will return to action, but more should be known after the surgery is completed.