UFC: Mariya Agapova vs. Shana Dobson Set for August 22

Mariya Agapova, UFC
Mariya Agapova, UFC on ESPN 10 Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

One of the stranger callouts of late has been given the green light by the UFC.

Following her debut win at UFC on ESPN 10 earlier this month, Mariya Agapova called out Shana Dobson. It was a bit of a weird one, given Agapova had just earned an impressive win, while Dobson had lost three straight.

Still, the UFC loves when fighters call their shots, and with a need for bodies at the moment thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve gone ahead and booked the fight.

Brazil’s Combate was first to report the news.

Agapova (9-1) submitted Hannah Cifers at UFC on ESPN 10 in her aforementioned debut. It was her third straight win, following two under the Invicta FC banner. The Kazakhstan-born fighter was reportedly ill following her octagon debut, and unable to speak to the media, meaning her callout of Dobson was never fully explained. She did, however, accuse Dobson of “running” from her.

As for Dobson (3-4), she last fought in February where she lost via knockout to Priscila Cachoeira. That was her third straight defeat, meaning her back will be to the wall this August.

The UFC’s August 22 card does not yet have an official name or location announced. The UFC has spent the entire month of June at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. In July, it heads to Abu Dhabi for four “Fight Island” shows starting with UFC 251.