- After signing Darina Madzyuk, Bellator MMA added another Russian flyweight to its roster in Irina Alekseeva.
- Alekseeva is a former Russian judo and samba champion and she has earned comparisons to former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
- she has a professional MMA record of 3-1 with two stoppages.
December has been a very busy month for Bellator. At the start of the month, the Viacom-owned promotion signed newcomers Khurshed Kakhorov and Luca Poclit. It also re-signed current fighters female flyweight Denise Keilholtz, welterweight Oliver Enkamp, and lightweight Alfie Davis. Then the promotion went big time by signing UFC stars Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Yoel Romero. Bellator MMA also signed Darina Madzyuk who rose to fame by stopping a 500-pound man in a Russian MMA freakshow:
Wasn’t sure about posting this, but decided I’d be failing you all if I didn’t
Darina Madzyuk (139lb) vs. Grigory Chistyakov (529lb)
From a recent event called “OUR BUSINESS” (Наше Дело) in Russia. I don’t know what to say. God have mercy on us all. https://t.co/rphOHnmbto pic.twitter.com/kwdNMT61JH
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 28, 2020
Most recently, Bellator added former M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan Puetz.
With the year heading to an end, Bellator hasn’t stopped its season of signings. According to SuckerPunch Entertainment’s Brian Butler, Bellator has also signed one of its fighters dubbed as the “Russian Ronda.”
Judo ace nicknamed ‘Russian Ronda’ inks with @BellatorMMA https://t.co/pXY9rJukuW
— MMA mania (@mmamania) December 24, 2020
Ronda Rousey Comparisons
Flyweight Irina Alekseeva, known as Russian Ronda ( as in Rousey ) in her Tapology page, has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA. According to her management team, Alekseeva is expected to make her Bellator cage debut in early to mid 2021 although no opponent has been named yet.
Alekseeva has drawn comparisons to former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey because of her judo background. The 30-year old is a three-time silver medalist at the Russian Judo Championships and both a Russian and European gold medalist at the Sambo World Championships. She is also a multiple-time hand to hand combat champion.
Four Fights in 2019
Her Bellator signing comes at the heels of her first professional MMA defeat. Alekseeva lost via unanimous decision to Liliya Kazak in the ProFC promotion in her most recent bout held in December 2019. Prior to that, she picked up three consecutive wins in her native Russia, including two victories at the Russian Cagefighting Championship.
Alekseeva made her MMA debut last year and she fought four times in 2019. She has a record of 3-1 with two wins via stoppage. According to her resume, she won her professional debut via “opponent’s refusal to fight”. She fought at featherweight in her first three bouts but dropped to flyweight in her last encounter.