LONDON – Russian fighter Anastasia Yankova still has to explain MMA to people in her country.
Famous as she might be in MMA circles, the Bellator women’s flyweight isn’t the type of icon that immediately draws interest to her pursuits.
“They say, ‘Oh, it’s fighting without rules,’” Yankova (5-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) told MMAjunkie in advance of her meeting with Kate Jackson (9-3-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) at Bellator 200, which takes place at The SSE Arena in London and airs via same-day tape delay on Paramount. “It’s so silly that they don’t know what it is.”
So if celebrities can do the job of educating, Yankova figures it’s all the better. Recent news that 50 Cent is working in some capacity with the Viacom-owned promotion excites her.
The rest of the MMA world might look sideways at the flirtation, but to Yankova, there’s no better person than someone famous to bridge the knowledge gap.
“I’m really happy that the sport that I love with all my heart now is so popular and so many people know about it and are interested and going to events,” she said. “I’m really happy to be a part of this.”
And if she can keep winning fights, maybe she’ll get so famous she won’t have to explain herself any more.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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