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Women's Bantamweight Division


"Iron Lady"

Daria Zhelezniakova

Women's Bantamweight Division

9-1-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Daria Zhelezniakova

athlete record


Learn more about Daria Zhelezniakova's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Mar. 23, 2024
  • Pro since 2019

  • Five wins by KO

  • Two first-round finishes

  • Lone loss to UFC vet Melissa Mullins (Dixon) in November 2022

  • Origin of nickname: “My last name means ‘iron’ in Russian.”

UFC on ESPN (3/23/24) Zhelezniakova won a three round unanimous decision over Montserrat Rendon

When and why did you start training for fighting? My eyes were burning when I came to the gym and I really liked the training process. I traveled and performed a lot in classical boxing, but then I got to know mixed martial arts better and wanted to do it. I have always seen myself in the professional sports arena. I started my MMA career in July 2019.

What ranks and titles have you held? Pankration World Champion (2019), bronze medalist of the European K-1 Championship

Do you have any heroes? I am very sympathetic to Dmitry Bivol, a Russian boxer. There are a lot of people I like, but I can't really single out anyone.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is a huge step in my career. I have been striving for this all the time, and now my dream has come true. I'm happy.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? 1) P.F. Lesgaft National State University

2) Medical college - studied for one year and took a sabbatical.

What was your job before you started fighting? I practiced classical boxing and lived an ordinary life.

Favorite grappling technique: Chokes

Favorite Striking technique: Jab