Ukraine’s Maryna Moroz confirms friends have died during Russian invasion
Moroz earned an emotional win at UFC 272 last weekend
By John Balfe-8 Mar 2022
Despite the heated feud which topped last weekend’s UFC 272 card in Las Vegas, perhaps no fighter inside the T-Mobile Arena felt quite as much pressure to succeed that Ukrainian flyweight Maryna Moroz.
Moroz scored a second-round submission win against Mariya Agapova on the undercard on Saturday night, a fight which came amid the Russian invasion of Moroz’s homeland. Afterwards, a tearful Moroz confirmed just how much pressure she felt to perform given the events taking place in Ukraine and speaking to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s MMA Hour, via MMA Fighting, she detailed the complex mix of emotions she was feeling.
“I [was] thinking, ‘I need this fight. I need to finish and show everybody that Ukraine is strong,’” she said. “I was more focused. I was more focused [because] I needed this fight. I want to show Ukraine that if I win, then Ukraine can win this war.”