English Newcomer Melissa Dixon Puts Her Undefeated Record On The Line In Her UFC Debut Against Irina Alekseeva At UFC Fight Night: Yusuff vs Barboza

Melissa Dixon enters the UFC

At UFC Battle Night: Yusuff versus Barboza, undefeated English rookie Melissa Dixon will make her most memorable stroll to the Octagon to confront Irina Alekseeva in a bantamweight conflict between two anticipated possibilities.

Dixon enters the UFC with an ideal 5-0 record that incorporates three first-round wraps up in under eighteen months. For having such a lot of progress this from the beginning in her blended hand to hand fighting vocation, you’d expect an extensive foundation in battle sports insight, however that is not the situation.

Initially a breakdancer, it was only after a harsh relationship drove her away from moving and into a close by MMA exercise center in 2016.

“I used to break dance,” Dixon said. “That went somewhat sharp as far as the situation I was in. I went past the exercise center consistently, and having no blended combative techniques foundation, I didn’t actually have the foggiest idea what I was venturing into. I ventured into the rec center and, blast, I’m here battling at the zenith of my vocation.”

At 32 years of age, Dixon says she’s now feeling the actual requests of the game, similar to weight cutting, negatively affecting her body. Simultaneously, her past advancements battled to track down her battles, and Dixon’s drive to contend started waning. All she really wanted was a flash, and that flash came when she got the telephone to a call from the UFC offering her a spot to contend on the world’s greatest stage.

Opponents Irina Alekseeva of Kazakstan and Melissa Dixon of England face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 13, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“I’ve generally felt as a disregarded person in this game,” Dixon said. “I’ve generally attempted to get battles and I feel like I’ve never been given the open door different females in my nation have been given. I’m not upheld like different females, I’m not supported like different females, so truly, when I got the call, the affirmation that this Is my future was sensational.

“Since I’m 32, I’m at a point in my vocation where weight cuts are getting hard; nobody needs to battle at [145 pounds] any longer, no advancement needs 145ers any longer and going to 135 was getting increasingly more challenging for me. I was attempting to partake during the time spent this phase of battling. I was practically prepared to do what an ordinary family would do: have children, settle down, bring in your cash and fabricate a lifelong in another pathway. I got the call, and the UFC gave me the inspiration to get serious [and] finish business. This is most likely awesome and best I’ve been in my entire expert vocation.”

On Saturday, Dixon faces Russia’s Alekseeva, who got the greatest success of her expert vocation in April when she submitted Stephanie Egger by kneebar in cycle one. Dixon’s not intrigued. While making a decision about their abilities one next to the other, Dixon accepts she’s undeniably more specialized and that this matchup suits her very well for first experience with UFC contest.

“It resembles the ideal UFC battle,” Dixon said of her matchup with Alekseeva. “She’s not excessively high up on the plan where there’s a lot of strain coming in on myself, but at the same time she’s not extremely specialized. She’s certainly a pleasure seeker, so expect a ding-dong when we’re in there trading, yet commonly, I’m truly OK with this matchup.

“However long I control my feelings and I’m not moronic and crazy in [the Octagon], you can anticipate a female that is not your regular female; I’m energizing, I like a ding-dong, I got knockout power… I’m hazardous, I’m strong, I’m invigorating and I track down that I’m a specialized contender.”

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