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Viktoriia Dudakova: What you need to know about the UFC star

LockerRoom Team
13 July 2023

Viktoriia Dudakova is a Russian MMA Fighter who is currently part of the UFC roster.

Born on January 26, 1999, in Russia, Dudakova has made a name for herself in a short time period. At the age of 24, Dudakova boasts an impressive record of 6-0, with five of those wins ending in finishes.

Her most recent victory came on Dana White's Contender Series in August, but she has since been sidelined due to a knee injury.

Success at the IMMAF Stage

Dudakova first made waves in the amateur scene, where she amassed an unbeaten record of 6-0. Notably, she participated in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) tournament at flyweight in 2019, where she earned a Bronze medal. Although she faced challenges with weight cutting later that year, she still managed to become a European Champion in 2019.

Debut with Fight Nights Global

In September 2020, Dudakova made her professional debut on a Fight Nights Global card, showcasing her skills by securing a victory via armbar. She then followed up with consecutive rear-naked choke victories, demonstrating her proficiency in this particular submission. Dudakova's 'go-to' move became a key factor in her success.

Dana White Contender Series and UFC contract

However, Dudakova's breakthrough moment came when she stepped into the spotlight on Dana White's Contender Series. At just 23 years old, she faced Brazil's Maria Silva. Right from the start, Dudakova displayed an aggressive fighting style, relentlessly pushing forward and showing little regard for her opponent's power. Within the first 15 seconds of the fight, she expertly brought Silva to the ground, capitalizing on her strong grappling skills.

Although the second round was closely contested, tragedy struck towards the end when Dudakova suffered a devastating knee injury, causing her to collapse to the canvas. Entering the third round, she knew she had to dig deep despite her compromised condition. Remarkably, Dudakova managed to control Silva for the majority of the final round, securing a 29-28 victory on all judges' scorecards.

It was later revealed that she had torn her ACL during the fight, adding even more significance to her hard-earned victory. Dudakova's remarkable performance earned her a contract from Dana White, officially solidifying her place on the UFC roster.

With her unblemished record and impressive finishing ability, she has captured the attention of the MMA world.


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