Bagherdai Sets Sights on XFC Debut vs. Maloy at XFC 20
Ariel Shnerer / August 20, 2012 - 3:44pm
XFC 20: High Octane is headlined by Eric Reynolds vs. Danny Salinas and airs live on AXStv.
Full press release below:
As the XFC returns to Knoxville for the promotions fifth show of 2012, XFC 20: High Octane, the AXStv portion of the event will feature yet another Women’s MMA event when Sofia Bagherdai takes on Sarah Maloy in a Women’s Flyweight contest. Bagherdai will be making her first appearance with XFC since signing a multi-fight deal earlier this summer.
Bagherdai axed plans for a move down to the Strawweight division and decided to stay a Flyweight. A choice that played out well for the young fighter from California. As she starts her training camp, not having to worry about the extra weight cut, Bagherdai has the opportunity to concentrate more on perfecting her skills. She’s also recuperating from the knee injury she suffered earlier in 2012, but has assured fans and followers she is already back to 100%.
“I've decided to move back to my original weight class... I honestly feel like I improve every day. I feel like after every fight I learn something new. My take down defense has gotten sick, so I’m ready for anything. The recovery has been long but is going well! My knee feels great and all together I'm ready to go in there and be myself,” Bagherdai told the XFC media team. Bagherdai may be ready for whatever Maloy brings on September 28, but her strength is still in her striking. “My strength is always my stand up. I like to stand and put on a great show! My stand up is on a different level these days... I train with some of the best fighters in the world and I'm very lucky to be able to do so.”
Maloy carries the name “KO Kid” however has yet to knock out any of her opponents as a pro. Bagherdai meanwhile has proven she has the skill set to force the referee stoppage. She has earned TKO victories on 2 occasions, including a win over Michelle Ould in 2007. Bagherdai won’t be hunting for a KO, but she’ll be ready if the opportunity arises. “My left hook is pretty nasty right now! But I never fetch for a knock out, if it comes it comes.”
Sofia Bagherdai makes her highly anticipated XFC debut on September 28 when she faces off with the talented Sarah Maloy at XFC 20: High Octane. The ladies will be the Featured bout of the evening and as always will present an Xtremely exciting fight. “I’m so excited to finally showcase my talent for the whole world to see! Just make sure to tune in to AXStv on September 28th, I promise I won't disappoint! It's going to be a great brawl,” exclaimed Bagherdai.
XFC 20: High Octane is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and will air live on AXStv starting at 9PM ET. For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets for the event, visit www.OfficialXFC.com. Follow XFC daily on Facebook and Twitter ‘@OfficialXFC’. Also, keep up with Sofia Bagherdai as she prepares for her XFC 20 fight by following her on Twitter ‘@Sofinator08’