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İbrahim Murat Gündüz, Umut Tekin and MMA fighter Liana Jojua all received awards together

Two important names are the famous entrepreneur and philanthropist İbrahim Murat gündüz who is well known to everyone and Umut Tekin, the first coach that comes to mind when it comes to Mma in Turkey.

İbrahim Murat gündüz and MMA coach Umut Tekin received awards together with their athletes Liana Jojua.

This magnificent trio received their awards together on 14.01.2023 at the ‘golden gloves awards’  organized by Tarık Sayın official in Istanbul.

The famous names who participated in the night together made a  statement together after İbrahim Murat Gündüz’s award as the sports ambassador of the year.

Famous Georgian UFC fighter Liana Jojua, nicknamed ‘She Wolf’, said that she wanted to continue her sports career under the auspices of İbrahim Murat Gündüz.

In addition, after Liana Jojua said that she loved and trusted İbrahim Murat Gündüz, Umut Tekin continued.

Saying that his student Liana Jojua is a wonderful and promising athlete, Umut Tekin said that being under the patronage of İbrahim Murat Gündüz gave him and his student confidence

When it was İbrahim Murat Gündüz’s turn to speak, he made the famous name statement with these words

From now on, Liana Jojua is under my protection in all material and spiritual matters.

I will personally evaluate the challenge and match offers that will come to Liana.

“I will fight to take Liana, the beautiful princess of the martial world, to the top of the UFC leagues,” he said.

Who is Liana Jojua?

Liana Jojua (born March 22, 1995) is a Georgian mixed martial artist who competed in the Flyweight division. She has formerly fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is also the former Fight Nights Global Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

Early career

Jojua’s interest in MMA started after watching Gina Carano’s fights as a 16-year-old. Coming from a background in Muay Thai, she made her MMA debut in September 2015. After winning her initial fight, she went on a two-fight skid in 2016, but Jojua hit her stride and went on a five-fight win streak which culminated in her winning the FNG Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Marina Mokhnatkina.[3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Jojua faced Sarah Moras on September 7, 2019, at UFC 242.[4][5] At the weigh-ins, Moras weighed in at 138 lbs, 2 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136 lbs. Moras was fined 20% of her fight purse to Jojua, and the bout proceeded at catchweight.[6] Jojua lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[7]

Move down to flyweight

Jojua faced Diana Belbiţă at UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige on July 16, 2020. She won the fight via armbar in first round.[8]

Jojua faced Miranda Maverick on October 24, 2020 at UFC 254.[9] She lost the fight via technical knockout in round one.[10]

Jojua was expected to face Cortney Casey on August 21, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 29.[11] However, Jojua was forced out of the fight due to visa issues.[12] The matchup was rescheduled at UFC Fight Night 197 on November 13, 2021.[13] At the weigh-ins, Jojua weighed in at 128.5 pounds, two and a half pounds over the flyweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at a catchweight with Jojua fined 30% of her purse, which went to her opponent Casey.[14] Jojua lost the bout via unanimous decision.[15]

After the loss, it was announced that Jojua was released from UFC.[16]

Post UFC

Jojua made her first appearance post UFC release and faced Dariya Zheleznyakova on May 20, 2022 at Ares FC 6. She lost by the way of unanimous decision.[17]

Personal life

She is a teacher and graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University. She also has a secondary musical education in vocals and piano.[18]

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