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UFC’s Mariya Agapova accused of drug use and stalking, manager responds

UFC flyweight Mariya Agapova’s camp is fighting back against claims that drug abuse lead to her ouster from ATT.

UFC Fight Night: Agapova v Dobson
Mariya Agapova when she fought Shana Dobson at the UFC APEX in 2020.
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UFC flyweight Mariya Agapova was the subject of a lengthy list of claims made by fellow flyweight Maryna Moroz during an interview with MMA Vestnik. In that interview Moroz accused Agapova of drug use and a series of confrontations with people at American Top Team. Moroz claimed these incidents lead to Agapova being booted from the gym.

“She wrecked her car in a drugged state,” alleged Moroz in the interview (ht “All in all, a very interesting person… She got kicked out of two [gyms], and at American Top Team (ATT) she threatened the guys, and it was caught on camera. She was under the influence of drugs, she threatened the guys, and she was kicked out of the gym. Because she was threatening to stab and so forth. Also stalked the wife of a fighter, who is pregnant — she also threatened to stab. In general, the police called her four times already here. She broke the doors… And that’s it — Maria Agapova, the UFC junkie.”

Agapova’s manager Alex Davis sent a statement to MMA Fighting refuting Moroz’s claims.

“Mariya went through some difficult moments,” read the statement. “She was all alone [in the United States], but now she’s been through therapy, she’s much better and she’s already training for a fight. It had nothing to do with drugs. Absolutely nothing.

“This is Mariya’s private life that we’re not going to make an issue to make her private life public. She came to the states from Kazakhstan, she went through some difficult moments, she had some crises, she got therapy, she’s doing very, very well now. She’s already training for a fight. There’s no drugs. It has nothing to do with it.”

Agapova joined the UFC from Invicta FC in 2020. In her debut she defeated Hannah Cifers by first round submission. For her second bout she took on Shana Dobson. She lost to Dobson by TKO in the second round. Dobson’s win was the biggest betting upset victory in UFC history.

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