Uncasville, CT — Russian beauty Diana Avsaragova may have been brought into Bellator MMA for her looks, but what turned heads in her debut was a highlight reel knockout of Tara Graff. Friday at Bellator 262, Avsaragova came away with a split decision victory in her sophomore outing, and although it wasn’t the massive KO her debut was, she believes it’ll be the experience she needed in her young career.
To many, it seemed as though she won handily, but the judges didn’t see it this way. Regardless, a win is a win.
“In cage experience, I really wanted to get some,” Avsaragova (4-0) told the media outlets including Cageside Press after her win over Gabriella Gulfin. “I’m glad it went all three rounds. Obviously everyone likes big finishes but I need more in cage time, I really need that experience.”
The result, however, was something that puzzled Avsaragova. “I was really surprised, I don’t understand why that happened [Split Decision].”
When Avsaragova had her impressive KO of Tara Graff in her Bellator debut, it was a highlight reel clip seen for weeks following the fight. At only 22-years old, it is fights like this that will continue to grow the young Russian star. Being only 22 on one of the biggest stages in the world doesn’t bother “Pantera” however.
“I don’t feel any of the pressure,” Avsaragova stated. “I see it as my job, I am a professional. I’m just coming here doing my job, no pressure.”
Watch the full Bellator 262 post-fight press scrum with Diana Avsaragova above.