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Bellator 152: More than just a pretty face, Anastasia Yankova eager to ‘inspire men not to be weak’

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Bellator MMA comes to Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy, this Saturday night (April 16, 2016) with its first-ever international event, “Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Souza” and “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” on the same night. Patricky Freire vs. Kevin Souza will serve as Bellator 152’s late-notice main event after Derek Campos was forced off the card with an injury earlier this week (read full details here).

Earlier in the evening, however, Anastasia Yankova will make her Bellator MMA debut at Flyweight, putting her undefeated (2-0) record on the line against first time fighter Anjela Pink. If you don’t already know Yankova, this response to her Internet trolls illustrates that the ravishing Russian is not playing around.

Yankova is something of a budding submission expert. Both of her wins to date have come via an opponent tapping the mat — Eleonora Tassinari fell victim to a scarf hold armlock and Chommanee Sor Taehiran tapped via armbar midway through round one.

Recently, Yankova sat down with MMAmania.com to chat about her quest for a third straight win, the reason she wants to be known for her fights (not her good looks) first and much more. To cover any “lost in translation” issues, Bellator handled the back-and-forth by e-mail.

To start, I asked Yankova what led to her interest in mixed martial arts (MMA).

“I started martial arts as a child from ages six to about 14, I trained in Kyokshin Karate and competed in tournaments, that’s when I developed my love for martial arts. Later, I concentrated on finishing high school and getting into college, but I always kept myself in fantastic shape. When I was 19, one of the Muay Thai coaches that was at my fitness club invited me to take his class, and that’s how I got back into ….View full article

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