Sunday, May 20, 2018

UFC women’s strawweight Tatiana Suarez may be a star, in a league that is built on them and needs some. The 27-year-old California native is 3-0 in the UFC, 6-0 in MMA, plus went 3-0 in TUFC 23, and was formerly the #1 freestyle wrestler in the USA at 121 pounds. More, she has a compelling backstory – while training for the 2012 LA Olympics she suffered a neck injury, and an MRI revealed that she was suffering from cancer. She fought cancer and won, and now is fighting, and winning.

Following her Round 1 dismantling of Alexa Grasso, comparisons have been drawn with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“I love that comparison because I’m a huge fan of his,” said Suarez, as transcribed by Ryan Harkness for MMA Mania. “I really base a lot of my wrist riding off of him. I do that a lot in practice and actually, that’s what happened, I went for the wrist ride and she turned her back to me and I took her back off of it. So yeah, thank you Khabib for that because I learned from him.”

”I learn from all the fighters. There’s so many amazing fighters. I know a lot of fighters that say ‘I don’t watch fights.’ That’s crazy, because you can learn so much from anybody and grow as a martial artist.”