Russia has produced some great MMA talent over the years and Invicta Fighting Championships is getting a fighter who could be a force in its bantamweight division. In a news release, Invicta announced that it had signed Russian fighter, Daria Ibragimova. In the release, Ibragimova said she is happy signing with the promotion.
“This is a new stage in my career. Great opportunities for self-realization as a fighter in the best women’s promotion of the world”
The Russian fighter added that her fights are always “spectacular and brutal.”
Ibragimova comes into the promotion with a 9-1 record and has spent her early career fighting in her home country and Western Europe. She’s finished eight of her nine fights – with seven submissions, including a 34-second victory via rear naked choke against Ludmila Radko. In March, she forced Anastasia Plisenkova to tap to a rear-naked choke in 28 seconds. Her first loss came at the hands of Invicta veteran Cindy Dandois.
There’s no question that Ibragimova has a dangerous grappling game. She is a Master of Sports in both wrestling and sumo (yes, sumo). While most female MMA fighters have a wrestling background there aren’t many involved in sumo. Like her fellow countryman Fedor Emelianenko (sambo) and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (judo), Ibragimova has taken her primary discipline and added it to her MMA skillset.
Ibragimova has spent her career at featherweight however, Invicta said she’ll drop to 135 pounds where she’ll have some new opportunities and challenges. The weight cut, as well as fighting in the United States for the first time, could be factors in her Invicta debut.
If you wonder how her relatively small stature faired in legitimate sumo matches, check out this impressive win against a much larger wrestler.