All it took was Darina Madzyuk finishing a 529-pound with strikes to get her into a major MMA promotion.
The victor of one of the most viral videos of 2020, Madzyuk (3-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has signed a multifight contract with Bellator, a promotion official informed MMA Junkie on Tuesday.
The signing was first reported by Barstool Sports.
Madzyuk, who weighed in at 139 pounds for the openweight fight, competed against Grigory Christyakov, a 529-pound male, in Russia. Less than halfway through the opening three-minute round, Madzyuk finished Christyakov with a barrage of punches after getting the fight to the mat. The video blew up on social media, extending outside the MMA news bubble.
Besides the viral mismatch win, Madzyuk, 28, has compiled a 3-1 professional record. Madzyuk has competed at openweight, lightweight, featherweight, and bantamweight. She rides a two-fight winning streak and holds one TKO victory in three wins.
Bellator has not revealed plans for her debut at this time.