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Red Queen returns: MMA stunner who knocked out 240-kilo man admits fight was marketing masterstroke ahead of her Bellator debut

‘Red Queen’ Darina Mazdyuk, a flyweight with a taste for sparring sessions, luxury cars and smouldering photoshoots, needed just 90 seconds to beat hefty blogger Grigory Chistyakov in a technical knockout that achieved her crafty ambitions of hitting the headlines.

Bellator bosses had seen enough and duly signed Mazdyuk to a multi-fight deal, with her debut against Katarzyna Sadura set for the undercard of MMA icon Fedor Emelianenko’s fight with Timothy Johnson at Bellator 269 in Moscow on Saturday.

Mazdyuk has explained that she realized the promotional value of her unusual fight with Chistyakov and believed it would attract fans and draw attention in Russia and the USA.

“The idea of making an inter-country, intergender fight creates something really nice and really exciting to look at,” she said.

“The goal was to reach a lot of people and show to the world that these fights can exist, they can take place and how exciting they can be.

“I believe that they are something to look at beyond your traditional view of fighting.

“There isn’t that much of a future for that kind of style. The bigger you get, the more people say about you.

“That’s quite reasonable and the only way to get to the top. I don’t focus on what negativity there is.

“Fedor can have any kind of opinion he wants to. The mentality of Russia is differing from other countries.

“These fights can draw a lot of attention. From these fights, you can spot some really good fighters.”

Taekwondo specialist Sadura has four wins and four defeats from her eight fights. She shared a respectful face-off at the weigh-in with Mazdyuk, who believes her karate skills will see off the Pole.

“I have prepared for specific things with my coach,” she said. “I have chosen a technique very, very carefully.

“I chose her on purpose because I know how to tailor my training for the fight. This fight is going to be a complete face-off of two different techniques. In close-contact fights, taekwondo is just not as effective as karate.”

Describing herself as the “one female fighter in Bellator”, Mazdyuk also told a fan that she expected to win within the first two rounds, asking: “Are you ready for a truly spectacular stand-up fight?”

“It’s obviously quite exciting to be on the same team as Fedor, to be on the same level,” she added.

“I know all these legendary fighters as regular people, rather than MMA legends.”

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