Russia's first female MMA champion pens UFC deal

Russia's first female MMA champion pens UFC deal

Akhmat Fight Club's representative Liana Jojua – the first woman to win an official MMA title in Russia – is the latest addition to the UFC’s female ranks after the 23-year-old bantamweight penned a contract with the sport's leading promotion.

"I signed a contact with the UFC. Thank you to everyone who made this happen. In the near future my first opponent and first fight will be clear," she wrote on her Insatgram page,

Jojua became Russia’s first-ever female professional MMA title holder when she beat Marina Mokhnatkina via majority decision to claim the inaugural Fight Nights Global bantamweight championship in Moscow in February of last year, RT reported.

Jojua owns a record of seven wins and two losses.