UFC fighter Gina Mazany represents Alaska in the octagon
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Mixed-martial artist Gina “Danger” Mazany has had a career that has spanned from the small stage of Anchorage, to the grandest of them all for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Mazany is part of a small group of Alaskan athletes who have competed in the UFC.
“From where I started in a little gym in Alaska,” said Mazany. “I remember going there in my snow boots and getting out of the truck.”
Mazany started her career in 2008, when she competed in the Alaska Fighting Championship 50 against Violeta Rodriguez. In the first round, Mazany earned a submission. From there, Mazany went on a tear, scoring wins over Jackie Mikalsky, Priscilla White and Katie Halley, to hold a 4-0 record. Her match against Halley earned her the championship in the AFC 124 in 2016. Mazany then made the jump to the UFC in February of 2017, suffering her first-career loss at the hands of Sara McMann.
McMann ended Mazany’s perfect record with an arm-triangle choke in the first round. McMann was a formidable opponent for Mazany to face in her UFC debut. McMann was the silver-medalist in wrestling in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She was also a veteran in the UFC. Despite the loss, Mazany says that McMann has been her biggest supporter, messaging her before and after matches.
“Sara McMann has honestly probably been one of the most supportive ones,” said Mazany. “Every time before one of my fights she always sends me like a really nice message. [She] Always messages me, win or lose.”
|Win||1-0||Violeta Rodriguez||Submission||August 20, 2008||1||1:11||Anchorage, Alaska, USA|
|Win||2-0||Jackie Mikalsky||TKO (Punches)||March 20, 2009||1||1:32||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||3-0||Priscilla White||Decision (Unanimous)||March 16, 2013||3||5:00||Snoqualmie, Washington, USA|
|Win||4-0||Katie Halley||TKO (Punches)||May 18, 2016||1||2:45||Anchorage, Alaska, USA|
|Loss||4-1||Sara McMann||Submission||February 19, 2017||1||1:14||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||5-1||Wu Yanan||Decision (Unanimous)||November 25, 2017||3||5:00||Shanghai, China|
|Loss||5-2||Lisa Lansberg||Decision (Unanimous)||May 27, 2018||3||5:00||Liverpool, England|
|Loss||5-3||Macy Chiasson||TKO (Punches)||March 2, 2019||1||1:149||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Win||6-3||Valeria Barney||TKO (Punches)||January 25, 2020||1||3:22||Grand Junction, Colorado, USA|
|Loss||6-4||Julia Avila||TKO (Punches)||June 13, 2020||1||0:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Win||7-4||Rachael Ostovich||TKO||November 28, 2020||3||4:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
Her latest match came over the weekend as she faced Rachael Ostovich on November 28. Mazany made her flyweight division debut, earning the win in the third round with front kick to the body, earning technical knockout. The victory gave her a 7-4 record.
“It is cool coming from somewhere like Alaska and I think it shows you can do anything you put your mind to,” said Mazany. “You have to work really, really hard, but that is what Alaskans are good at, we are good at working hard.”
There are only a handful of fighters from Alaska that have graced the UFC octagon. Mazany is currently tied for third with Cody McKenzie at six matches. Second is Lauren Murphy who has 10 and Jared Cannonier owns the record at 11 matches. Mazany’s career serves as an inspiration for athletes wanting to go to the next level.
“I knew that I need to make a change and grow a little bit, so I moved to Seattle and then I decided that I really want to chase the fight dream, then I moved to Vegas and I just kept going,” said Mazany. “I went on a three-year streak where I didn’t win in the UFC and this past weekend I finally got a win. I just never gave up. I am telling you, even though it took that long and all the stuff I went through, it was so worth it, so stinkin’ worth it. So I am more than happy to be a role model because it is not an easy path for everyone. So take a path like me, it wasn’t easy.”
Mazany plans to keep busy as she awaits for her next match. In the mean time, she will help her fiancée, Tim Elliot, prepare for his next fight in January.
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