LAS VEGAS – America’s flyweight contender Miranda Maverick is ready to fight Canada’s Gillian Robertson at UFC 258. This early prelim fight is designed to be nasty.
Both women are strong grapplers, but Maverick has a strong striking stance to KO Robertson.
Maverick is a tough contender. She is also more than a fighter. Not many athletes choose to be a part of other communities such as academic ones. However, Maverick aspires to complete her PhD.
At 10 wins and two losses, Maverick is also fighting for her education. She often talks about her studies in industrial organizational psychology at Old Dominion University (ODU).
Maverick tells ODU that on her road trip to visit graduate schools, ODU was last on the list. Nonetheless, the school was “personable” she states. The people in the community matter to her; Maverick says that not want to be seen as “just a number”. And, they were the first school to accept her.
Maverick’s excellence comes from her openness to learn. She enjoys the challenge and is driven to perform in and out of the gym.
“She’d like to work in leadership development with the UFC,” as cited from ODC.
The sport community will from her leadership goals. Young women need leaders like Maverick to follow because women role models are often those who come solely from fame.
The work Maverick wants to do will help raise the next generation of female fighters. Representation in MMA is significant. She stands for leaders who can becomes athletes, scholars, and leaders in a single lifetime.
At 23, Maverick has a long and successful career ahead of her.
Young women can benefit from hearing Maverick’s story. Girls need to know that with support of a community, they can be a high performing athlete and be educated. We often hear about women choosing sport or their studies. But they can have both.
The work girls put in can lead to a more wholesome career choice.
It’s foreseeable that Maverick could have a future as a spokesperson for the UFC in the near future and top-five in the flyweight division.
In the octagon, Maverick is well-rounded too. She has an unforgivable submission streak and powerful muay thai strikes.
Maverick recently cut up Liana Jojua. By decision, Jojua could not continue to fight due to the bloody cut on her nose.
This display of creativity shows Maverick is capable of changing up her tactics during the fight. Both women like to finish with submissions.
It will be interesting to see how Maverick will attempt to take down Robertson in Round One. Maverick’s game plan is to suffocate the fight style of Robertson. And this pressure is tiring to face in three rounds.
Robertson is known to struggle when she is overwhelmed by tougher opponents.
Maverick is the favourite in this fight at -134 on BETONLINE.AG. Her standup is phenomenal and she has only ever lost by decision. This young American will lead by example for women this upcoming as a well-rounded athlete and scholar.
Make sure to tune into the fight Feb. 13 at 6:30pm EST for UFC 258.