Coming off a dominant victory in UFC 241, this flyweight phenomenon is determined to keep it real: “Faking things isn’t an option for me.”
Sabina Mazo might be one of the bright young stars of the UFC’s women’s flyweight division after amassing a 7-1 record—including a world championship before the start of her UFC career—at the age of 22, but her background is a little less conventional than many of the ladies she shares the Octagon with.
The “Colombian Queen,” as she’s known in UFC circles, spent most of her childhood and early teenage years playing with dozens of dogs and other animals while living at her family’s home in the woods just outside of Medellin, Colombia. She never trained or even had much interest in martial arts until she was well into her teens, but once Mazo began her journey—initially in kickboxing—she found that she couldn’t stop.
Mazo won her first mixed martial arts bout as soon as she was legally able to compete upon turning 18. The calculated striker picked up another victory before leaving everything she’d known behind to move to Huntington Beach, California. It was there that she began working with legends of the sport such as Cris Cyborg, Wanderlei Silva and Fabricio Werdum, all under the watchful eye of Master Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA.