One of MMA's greatest mysteries has been solved—where is Alexandra Albu?
After making a successful debut at #UFCKrakow way back in April 2015, the Russian strawweight fell off the UFC radar and was scarcely seen or heard of in the world of MMA. Speaking to Sherdog.com last year, Albu revealed that her time off was due to both injuries and to finish her studies:
“There were several reasons,” Albu said. “Firstly, I was suffering from a lot of injuries, so immediately after the fight, I underwent surgery, which required a fairly long recovery period. Secondly, this year is my last year at the university, and I have to defend my graduation thesis, which also requires a lot of time.”
Having made a full recovery and finished her studies, it was revealed this morning by UFC.com that she will return to the Octagon at #UFC214 when she takes on Hawaii's Kailin Curran.
#Albu, 2-0, will be taking a big step up in competition when she faces Curran. The Russian made her pro debut in 2013 when she defeated Lyubov Demidova via TKO in the first round. She was then scheduled to make her UFC debut against Julie Kedzie later that year, however, Albu pulled out injured and had to wait nearly a year and a half to make her first appearance under the UFC banner against Izabela Badurek at #UFCKrakow.
#Curran will enter the Octagon with almost four times the experience of Albu with eight pro fights under her belt (4-4). The Hawaiian will have experience on her side, but she has lost three of her last four bouts with defeats to Alex Chambers, Felice Herrig and Jamie Moyle sandwiching a sole win to Emily Kagan.
No doubt, both Curran and Albu will be looking to get their UFC careers kick-started on July 29 when they go toe-to-toe in Anaheim.