Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Aleksandra Albu vs Izabela Badurek added to Apr. 11 UFC show

The UFC announced this morning that a third Women's Strawweight bout has been added to UFC Fight Night 64 Apr. 11 at the Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland. Russian Aleksandra Albu will face Poland's Izabela Badurek. Both will be making their UFC debuts. This entire show will air on UFC Fight Pass. Aleksandra is a curious case. She is 24 years old from Moscow, Russia and she trains at Red Fury. The UFC signed her in Oct. 2013 and she was supposed to fight Julie Kedzie in December. She backed out due to injury. At the time, her record was announced as 5-0. But only one fight was listed. Her management claimed she fought three times in Thailand. Now the UFC has announced her record as 1-0. So I don't know what happened to those other fights or if they were real. I guess if the fights aren't on video, they didn't happen. Aleksandra was supposed to fight at Bantamweight but Mike Chiapetta of Fox Sports reported in June 2014 that Aleksandra was dropping to Strawweight. So that isn't a surprise. I haven't seen her fight so I don't know if she's any good. I do know that Aleksandra started out in bodybuilding and modeling and started MMA training a couple of years ago. Izabela is 23 years old from Lublin, Poland and she trains at S4. Her record is 5-2 and all five wins were by first round submission. The only problem is she hasn't fought experienced fighters. Because of that, it's hard to tell if she is good. Her latest fight was a win over Zaira Dyshekova on ACB13 in Poland Jan. 31, 2015. And I've got the video of that fight. Izabela does fine but her opponent was making her MMA debut and her inexperience shows when she tries for one of those pathetic headlock takedowns. It's over soon after that. I'm sure fighting at home is a big deal for Izabela. But remember the UFC jitters could be a factor in this fight.

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