Mallory Martin not worried about picture-perfect wins after UFC on ESPN+ 33

LAS VEGAS – Mallory Martin beat Hannah Cifers with a second-round submission Saturday to open up the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 33 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Martin, who had to survive an onslaught from Cifers in the first round to rally and win in the second.

Martin on the fight’s key moment

“That was a tough first round. She definitely won it. Not a lot of people would come out in the second round like how I came out. They would maybe be more timid or scared of getting hit with another overhand. They’d probably fight more shy after that. I’ve already experienced this before. I’ve been in there before and can just go and play my game.”

Martin on bouncing back

“My (UFC) debut fight (against Virna Jandiroba) – I wouldn’t have normally fought that girl until I was top five. This one, I had no pressure going into it. I felt fine, but I did feel a little pressure to get that win. In the first round, when all that happened, I was just thinking in my head like, ‘This ain’t happening to me. This is not how I’m going down.’ The second round came and I just had to do what I do best and stick to the game plan I should have done in the first round.”

Martin on what she wants next

Mallory Martin vs. Hannah Cifers

“This year’s been really hard for me mentally. It’s not a picture-perfect win, but nothing I’ve gone through is picture perfect. I’ve always had adversity to overcome, so it’s nothing new to me.”

To hear more from Martin, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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