UNCASVILLE, Conn. – When Diana Avsaragova checks Instagram, her account is flooded with the identical form of messages.
Urgent ship on “Do you may have a boyfriend?” or “Will you marry me?” is outwardly widespread apply amongst a portion of her followers.
“I’ve been pondering I ought to write in my Instagram (bio), ‘I’m married, (so) don’t (ask) questions (about) me or my private data,’” Avsaragova joked to MMA Junkie on Wednesday, by way of a translator.
Avasaragova takes the messages in stride. As a result of sheer quantity, she chooses not to reply to the inquiries, however they don’t hassle her. If something, she views them as complementary.
“In fact, that is very (flattering),” Avasaragova mentioned. “I’m pleased for this. However an excessive amount of, it’s exhausting for me. I can’t textual content any folks as a result of it’s an excessive amount of.”
Avsaragova, 22, has grown used to the frequent day-to-day notifications as her viewers retains rising. To this point, she’s gathered 150,000 followers on her account. How did she do it in such a fast time period? She’s tapped right into a crossroads of curiosity.
“Folks have a look at me and suppose, ‘Oh my God, she’s an MMA fighter and he or she’s lovely. Oh wow,’ they usually observe me, Avsaragova instructed MMA Junkie on Wednesday, utilizing a translator.
The steadiness between appears to be like and substance is a working recipe for Avsaragova (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who will make her promotional debut Friday at Bellator 256 vs. Tara Graff (1-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at bantamweight. She’s solely had two skilled fights, however Avsaragova caught Bellator’s eye earlier this 12 months. Now, she’s in one of many world’s premier MMA organizations.
“(The provide) was a giant shock for me,” Avsaragova mentioned. “I came upon this information through the New Yr. It is a current for the New Yr for me. I’m very pleased and prepared for (the) battle.”
Whereas her model is vital, Avsaragova assures her talent is what is going to assist her stick round in a corporation like Bellator. That’s why, regardless of her followers’ inquiries, she’s not concerned with marriage. She’s concerned with combating and enchancment.
As a way to progress her profession, Avsaragova surrounded herself with notable names. She trains alongside UFC flyweight Liana Jojua and former UFC heavyweight Dmitry Smolyakov. Already with basis in wrestling, Avsaragova continues to spherical out her sport.
“I used to be on the Russian crew (in) wrestling,” Avsaragova mentioned. “I’m freestyle wrestler. I’ve good abilities in wrestling, and I need extra wrestling in my fights. … I’m a wrestler, however I can work in placing. I’m not solely a wrestler, however I can battle in placing. I can (shock).”