Olga Rubin: “I can’t wait to get back in there and show what I’ve done on the sidelines for these past couple of years.”
By Aaron East
Olga Rubin has many strings to her bow, an interior designer who decided to enter a far more dangerous world.
Rubin turned professional when she was 26, but despite the relatively late career switch, Rubin has made up for lost time since her debut in 2016.
An unbeaten start to her career, going unbeaten in her first six professional contests, before hitting a two-fight skid to dampen the initial hype around her.
Inactivity has stalled the initial rapid rise in her sport. The worldwide pandemic has stopped many things, the MMA career of Rubin is no different:
Rubin is currently ranked at number 12 in the Bellator featherweight division. The featherweight contender is looking to use her absence as motivation for what lies ahead:
“My rapid ascension was stopped due to inactivity, so I’ll need to climb up once I get a fight (finally!!!) So I’m even more determined.”
Fights with the likes of Julia Budd, Arlene Blencowe or a fight with a previous opponent, Sinead Kavanagh, are possible opponents going forward. But Olga is just focused on a return to a Bellator cage.
“By this point, I’m just looking to fight my ass back to the top, so hopefully Bellator will match me soon. Julia has won two since her loss, also Sinead, so that should be a title shot eliminator. I have eight ranked ladies ahead of me not including the three you mentioned.”
Olga is coming off two straight defeats which ended her previously unbeaten MMA resume including the loss to Kavanagh in 2019. The old saying of win or learn is definitely something Olga is keen adopt:
“I’ve learned so much since my last fight!!! One is to pace myself during exchanges and find better timing for my shots. But much more than that, I have watched that fight so many times. I’m learning and getting better every day”.
Cris Cyborg is the reigning Bellator featherweight champion, and is one of the most feared and dominant champions in the sport. But Olga thinks have someone like Cyborg at the top of her division will inspire the rest of the contenders to rise to another level:
“I think Cris Cyborg being the champion is making all the current featherweight division work harder and get better so the competition is tremendous.”
Olga hasn’t competed since 2019 and is keen to get her career started and rebound off the two defeats she has suffered:
“I can’t wait to get back in there and show what I’ve done on the sidelines for these past couple of years.”
A losing effort in her first attempt at Bellator gold to Julia Budd in 2019 hasn’t dampened her title aspirations. Hopefully, the inactivity is now a thing of the past and Rubin can work herself back into the title mix once again.