Headkick KO good enough to get Sabina Mazo into the UFC?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rose Namajunas landed an incredible head kick on Michelle Waterson at UFC on FOX 24, but it wasn’t the best WMMA kick of the weekend. That honor goes to Colombia’s Sabina Mazo, who kick KOed Jamie Thorton at 4:50 of Round 1 at LFA 9 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

In only her third pro fight, Mazo, 20 and undefeated, has seen a highlight reel moment go viral. There is hope from some quarters that it gets her into the UFC, but her own goals are more measured.

“To tell you the truth, it’s a dream come true,” said Mazo to Danny Segura for MMA Fighting. “I’ve always been looking for that, and I’ve always trained to do that. That’s what fighters are always trying to achieve, whether it’s a submission or a knockout, so it’s very rewarding seeing all the effort you put in your training pay off in just a few minutes. It’s a moment filled with adrenaline and happiness, a feeling of victory that to be honest, it’s hard to describe, but there’s so many emotions. So it’s very rewarding, there is no price to that feeling.”

“Yeah, the video has been shared a lot, many comments, and people talking about it, but it’s just part of the job. I’m here to fight and become a world champion, so I know that’s part of the process. But yeah, there’s been a difference in attention for this fight.”

“My goal in this career is to become a world champion. Maybe it won’t happen in a year or whatever, but at this moment I’m just preparing myself to one day be one of the best fighters in the world. Right now I’m in LFA, but in a few years, I’d like to make it to the UFC and be able to represent my country and be the best fighter in the world.”

Mazo began training in Muay Thai four years ago in her hometown of Medellin, Colombia. After two years, her coach, David Gonzalez, recommended she move to LA to train with his coach, Kings MMA founder Rafael Cordeiro. You can see the results.

Follow Mazo on Instagram.

Image courtesy of Mike Jackson, Legacy Fighting Alliance.