Head-kick queen Sabina Mazo wants more experience in LFA before moving on to UFC


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Her blistering recent displays might have gotten you excited for what’s next, but Sabina Mazo says hold off on calls for stage upgrades.

The numbers alone show that Mazo boasts an undefeated, but somewhat shy record of four professional MMA bouts. But the “how many” isn’t the key here, as much as the “how.” In her last two outings, both under the LFA banner, Mazo dispatched her opponents in the first round with highlight-reel head-kick knockouts.

Given there have been fighters who made it to the octagon with less buzz – and the fact that the UFC is currently starting to build its women’s flyweight roster – it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine the “Colombian Queen” making the transition to the big stage soon.

But after dispatching Linsey Williams (1-2) at last week’s LFA 23, Mazo (4-0) says not so fast.

“I want to gain more experience and be a little more prepared (before) making another step,” Mazo told MMAjunkie Radio. “Because I feel all right in this moment. I feel like it’s the moment where I can change a lot of things in my game.

“And I still don’t feel, like, ready to step to the UFC (and) make the difference. Not just being a good fighter, but really making the difference between all of them.”

While no one can blame a fighter for making the step up in competition – and, consequently, in pay – by migrating to big players like the UFC or Bellator, there’s also something commendable about Mazo’s decision to keep honing her skills before jumping into the shark tank.

But even as she makes her way up, the Kings MMA fighter is already getting to enjoy a bit of fame that a lot of her peers don’t. Both of her vicious head-kick knockouts gained some viral traction, which meant some serious attention for the 20-year-old – both in her current home in the U.S. and in her native Colombia.

While for some the added eyeballs can prove to be a bit much, Mazo welcomes the chance to prove just how far she’s come.

“They’re super happy (in Colombia),” Mazo said. “A lot of people didn’t really believe in me. They were kind of thinking I was crazy, because the sport is not as popular as it is over here in the United States. So, you know, a lot of people were like, ‘I mean, she is good, but.’

“But they didn’t believe I had a future in this. So it really makes me happy that I can prove a lot of people that really didn’t think I could do it. It’s just the beginning. And I’m really proud I can really show everyone – not only in Colombia, but all over the world that we can do it.”

As for how these head-kicks keep coming by? Well, it requires some studying and analyzing of her opponent’s movement. It requires some patience. But, at the end of the day, there’s this other thing.

“It just comes naturally, you know,” Mazo said.

To hear more from Mazo, check out the video above.

And for more on upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumorssection of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2534 with guests Sabina Mazo, Marlon Vera, Joshua Medley, Jason Buchamer

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Sabina Mazo, Marlon Vera, Joshua Medley, and Jason Buchamer.

Mazo discussed her latest head-kick knockout win at LFA 23 and what’s next for her. Vera takes on John Lineker on Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119. Medlet, the promoter of Knockout Promotions, discussed this Saturday’s KOP 58 event.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com or listen below.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Sabina Mazo, Marlon Vera, Joshua Medley, Jason Buchamer

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Sabina Mazo, Marlon Vera, Joshua Medley and Jason Buchamer.

Up-and-comer fighter Mazo picked up another dazzling head-kick knockout win at LFA 23. Vera, a UFC bantamweight, is our in-studio guest host. Medley is the promoter of Knockout Promotions. “Jason the Intern” recaps the latest episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”

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Viral sensation Sabina Mazo delivers another stunning high-kick knockout

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Five months after a vicious head-kick KO earned Sabina Mazo viral backing, she has repeated the feat.

Mazo (4-0) used another high kick to the dome to score another first-round knockout. This time, it was a finish of Linsey Williams (0-2) at LFA 23, which took place Friday at Bossier City Hotel Casino & Hotel in Louisiana and aired on AXS TV.

Mazo, just 20, is a Colombian native who made her professional debut in 2015, picking up a pair of decision wins on the international scene. She came to LFA in April and has quickly picked up a pair of knockout wins via her now-signature strike.

Check out video of the previous knockout below.

For more on LFA 23, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Why Sabina Mazo has so much buzz heading into Friday's LFA 23 return


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What a difference a highlight-reel knockout makes.

Colombia’s Sabina Mazo entered an LFA 9 meeting with Jamie Thorton in April as a promising but largely unknown flyweight face. Thanks to one beautiful head kick, however, she comes into Friday’s LFA 23 event with some newfound recognition as the author of one of the most talked-about knockouts of the year.

LFA 23 takes place at Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, La. The main card, headlined by 170-pound champ Derrick Krantz vs. challenger James Nakashima, airs on AXS TV.

The 20-year-old Mazo moved to California less than two years ago looking to focus on her MMA career under Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA. While she’s only three fights into her pro run, Mazo fed her competitive nature by taking part in muay Thai, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu tournaments throughout South America before.

“I love to compete,” Mazo said before her last LFA outing. “I was born for that, so boxing, jiu-jitsu, everything and MMA. It’s everything.”

Ahead of Friday’s meeting with Linsey Williams (0-1), check out the footage of Mazo (3-0) honing her well-rounded game Rocky style, at both the beach and Kings MMA’s headquarters.

And for more on LFA 23, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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