Maryna Moroz is a model and UFC flyweight who hopes to end Valentina Shevchenko’s dominant title run


UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is running out of challengers after defending her title seven times in the past three years.

However, the 125-pound queen may soon be up against a new rival in the form of Maryna Moroz who is on a three-game winning streak heading into the toughest test of his career.

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Moroz is currently one of the best flyweight fighters in the UFC

On Saturday, she will face the No. 6 ranked Jennifer Maya at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, with the winner getting in on the conversation for a ‘Bullet’ shot that is currently unmatched.

Things are going well for Moroz at the moment. Not only is she on the verge of greatness in her UFC career, but she is also doing big things in her second modeling career.

The 31-year-old recently became the first UFC fighter in history to pose for iconic men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine, Playboy, and she couldn’t be happier about it.

“Everyone knows Playboy and it’s the biggest brand in modeling,” Moroz told talkSPORT.

“I spoke with my manager, and he offered to start on their new platform called Centerfold and from there all the ideas came in to make me the new and only UFC girl on Playboy.

“It means a lot to be the first UFC athlete to work with the brand. It’s very difficult to be an active fighter and manage both, but I’m super excited for the challenge and hope to show their new merchandise and all my content.

For Moroz, partnering with a massive brand like Playboy was the natural next step in her modeling career that only started a few years ago.

“I’ve been modeling for about two years now, I have another exclusive content site and I’m just delving into it more and doing more photo shoots now,” she added.

“It’s just on top of my UFC earnings and it helps me pay the bills when I’m not fighting and I’m having a lot of fun doing those kinds of modeling deals I have going on.

Despite her continued success outside of the Octagon, ‘Iron Lady’ remains determined to achieve her dream of becoming UFC champion and believes she could be the one to eventually dethrone Shevchenko.

Like every other UFC flyweight, Moroz pursues fight with Valentina Shevchenko

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Like every other UFC flyweight, Moroz pursues fight with Valentina Shevchenko

But first she has to get rid of Jennier Maia who fought 'Bullet' in 2020


But first she has to get rid of Jennier Maia who fought ‘Bullet’ in 2020

“Valentina is very strong in many ways, and she’s very dangerous at 125 pounds,” Moroz said.

“I think I’ve gained in versatility and improved in all areas over the past few years. I think with the right game plan, my coaches and a good side, we can understand the weaknesses and take advantage of them.

First, Moroz realizes she has a tough opponent ahead of her and refuses to look past Maia who pushed Shevchenko all the way just two years ago.

“I’m mostly focused on Jennifer,” she concluded. “Then I’ll start looking in that direction, but for now I want to stay focused and disciplined and I’m sure with that I’ll see Valentina soon.”


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