She was sidelined last year due to a staph infection, but she came out guns a’blazing at Invicta FC 27 against Tiffany Masters. Martin put in a dominating performance than can simply be described as scary. It was something that reminded a lot of people — including herself — of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s performance against Michael Johnson. That was because as she was earning her TKO victory in the second round, she was talking to her opponent while she did it.
“You’re done. It’s mine. You’re done. You’re done. No one can save you. It’s mine. No one can save you. You’re done. You’re done. You’re done.” — Mallory Martin yelling at Tiffany Masters during their Invicta FC 27 fight.
“2018’s my year so get the F out of my way. I envisioned this every single day for four months. Going over, I’d run and say, ‘No one can save you. No one can save you. The refs can’t save you, your mom can’t save you, your dad can’t save you, your coach can’t save you. I’m gonna stop you,’ you know? Just in my head, over and over and over again.” — Mallory Martin in her post-fight interview.
Later she would refer to herself as a well-earned ‘Lil’ Khabib’ nickname. We don’t know what’s more intimidating; the ominous talk during her finish, or the primal screams following the judge stepping in to end the fight. That is how you make a comeback. Needless to say, she made the best of her moment and that a lot of eyes are going to be on Mallory Martin whenever and wherever she fights again.
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 1/16/2018.