As the XFC returns to Knoxville for the promotions fifth show of 2012, XFC 20: “High Octane”, the AXS.tv portion of the event will feature yet another Women’s MMA event when, Sofia Bagherdai takes on Sarah Maloy in a Flyweight contest. Bagherdai will be making her first appearance with XFC since signing a multi-fight deal earlier this summer.
Bagherdai axed plans for a move down to the Strawweight division and decided to stay at Flyweight. A choice that played out well for the young fighter from California as she starts her training camp, not having to worry about the extra weight cut. Bagherdai now has the opportunity to concentrate more on perfecting her skills. She’s also recuperating from the knee injury she suffered earlier in 2012, but has assured fans and followers she is already back to 100%.
“I’ve decided to move back to my original weight class. I honestly feel like I improve every day. I feel like after every fight I learn something new. My take down defense has gotten sick, so I’m ready for anything. The recovery has been long, but is going well! My knee feels great and all together I’m ready to go in there and be myself,” Bagherdai told the XFC media team. Bagherdai may be ready for whatever Maloy brings on September 28, but her strength is still in her striking. “My strength is always my stand up. I like to stand and put on a great show! My stand up is on a different level these days. I train with some of the best fighters in the world and I’m very lucky to be able to do so.”
Bagherdai’s opponent carries the name “KO Kid”, however has yet to knock out any of her opponents as a pro. Bagherdai meanwhile has proven she has the skill set to force the referee stoppage. She has earned TKO victories on 2 occasions, including a win over Michelle Ould in 2007. Bagherdai won’t be hunting for a KO, but she’ll be ready if the opportunity arises. “My left hook is pretty nasty right now! But I never fetch for a knock out, if it comes it comes.”
Maloy enters her XFC debut after a unanimous decision win over Michele Gutierrez, after the two faced off this April; where Maloy was forced to chase the retreating Gutierrez for most of three rounds. Now, as Maloy looks forward to her first XFC fight in September, she’s hoping for more action from the opposition.
Sarah Maloy earned her first two Pro MMA victories by submission before her fight with Gutierrez which was nearly the opposite, all striking for three rounds. Fans should expect to see another stand up battle when Maloy takes on Bagherdai, as that is where both ladies seem to be most comfortable. Not wanting to leave the fight in the hands of the judges, she will be looking to extend her win streak to 2, and possibly earn the first KO of her professional career.
Maloy, who spoke to XFC media earlier this week, expects to be the stronger fighter at the September 28 event. As the owner and operator of a Nutrition shop and gym, Maloy is ready to dictate the pace of the fight and control where the action takes place, using her strength and conditioning as the tools to do so. Not wanting to underestimate the abilities of Bagherdai, Maloy is preparing to face a flawless opponent and expects to see Bagherdai at her best.
With the popularity in Women’s MMA on the rise, another action packed fight could lead to more opportunities for Maloy in the future. In order to get there she will need to put on an impressive performance at XFC, and use the big stage opportunity to show the MMA world what she is capable of. The “KO Kid” was frustrated with her opponent’s lack of action in her last fight, but with the help of her coaches she will be ready to make an exciting debut in the XFC cage. XFC President John Prisco is confident that the organization has put together another exciting match up for the twentieth event of the promotions history.
“As always I’m excited to be featuring another female bout on our card. These ladies have both proven they can put on exciting fights and I know they are both hungry for another win. I think Maloy is one of the toughest fighters in the division. She just went through a full three rounds in her last fight and won, but I’m sure she’s got a plan to finish this fight. Her and Sofia love to stand and trade strikes and that’s something the fans love most,” said Prisco. “I’m expecting another great fight from these women and that’s what XFC fans have come to expect with the talented fighters we feature.”
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