Former UFC fighter Liana Jojua says she was shocked by the hate directed at her after being dropped by the promotion
Georgian fighter Liana Jojua says she was informed to ‘promote her physique' because the MMA star opened up in regards to the barrage of abuse she suffered after being launched by the UFC.
Jojua, 26, was eradicated by MMA's premier promotion after struggling a disappointing unanimous choice loss to American veteran Cortney Casey in Las Vegas in November.
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It noticed Jojua slip to a 3rd loss in 4 bouts within the UFC Octagon, along with her lone win within the promotion coming by way of a first-round submission of Romanian Diana Belbita in Abu Dhabi in July 2020.
The Tbilisi-born fighter, who educated with the ‘Akhmat' staff in Russia, admitted her departure from the UFC was a significant psychological blow – compounded by a number of the hate that flooded her accounts with social media.
“It's jubilation and insults. I do not perceive how one can offend somebody you do not even know,” Jojua informed Sport24 in a revealing interview.
“Especially after they insult you primarily based in your look… They take a look at my nostril and say, ‘You broke it, ha-ha-ha.'
“Are you 10 12 months olds or what? How are you able to write that in any respect?
“They write private insults, although I've by no means printed something about my non-public life.
“Nobody is aware of something about my household and pals, however they at all times strive to fear personally, and it is a shock. »
The Georgian ‘She Wolf' has over 600,000 followers on Instagram, and a few followers have expressed unhappiness over her exit from the UFC.
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But Jojua – who made historical past as Russia's first-ever girls's MMA champion by successful the inaugural Fight Nights bantamweight title in 2018 – says the belief by some is that she ought to now pursue service subscription-style SolelyFans with “intimate” images to complement his earnings.
“Men write: ‘Go create a page with intimate photos'” mentioned Jojua.
“I believe: the place? I'm beneficiant, you already see my images – without spending a dime on all social networks.'
“After my contract with the UFC ended, everybody thought they might write to me, ‘Come on, go proceed your profession on this subject.'
“In reality, for me, meaning: you do not know how to do the rest, go promote your physique.
“I additionally perceive that they might by no means write to a male fighter, ‘Go make an account like that. »
“For a person, a web page like this might not be related. »
Jojua mentioned she had no excuses for her loss to Casey, in a combat the place many felt she ought to have used her floor recreation higher in opposition to an opponent notoriously weak in that zone.
“I'm really sorry for losing” mentioned Jojua.
“Not as a result of there have been good causes, however as a result of I used to be very silly. Because of that, perhaps it was so troublesome psychologically.
“When you possibly can justify your defeat by some means, it turns into simpler, however I could not justify myself. I believe it was fully my fault.
The Georgian brawler mentioned she broke her nostril through the contest – one thing that was evident by the regular stream of blood on show.
“It even seems to me that I had two fractures in combat”, mentioned Jojua.
“At first my nostril was bleeding – I do not know if it was a fracture. But there was additionally a second episode: she fell, I ran to end her off and I used to be kicked within the face – at that second I felt it was a fracture…
“After the combat, after I was examined by a health care provider, they confirmed that my nostril was damaged. But it occurs nearly each time, so it is not stunning.
Jojua confirmed she is contemplating her choices, together with rival promotions corresponding to Bellator or the PFL, ought to she obtain any presents – however is not going to rush into a choice.
The former Fight Nights champion additionally hasn't dominated out attempting to return to the UFC ranks by placing on a strong run to put a extra constructive shine on her present profession file of 8-5.
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