Egger still works in her family’s restaurant business in their native Switzerland and knows a thing or two about good cuisine. And, of course, in pure 2020 style, that’s when her call to the UFC came.

“I enjoyed my after-fight time. I ate a lot. And then I got the call from my manager: ‘You are in!’”

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It was that rare combination of elation and terror. Elation that her dream of fighting for the premier fight promotion was finally coming true. Terror that the fight they had her set for, a short-notice bout against Tracy Cortez on UFC Fight Island, was a mere two weeks away.

Stephanie Egger was enjoying her most recent victory the way so many fighters do: by eating
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“The first step I took was to the scale and checked my weight,” she laughs. “It wasn’t that bad.”

Relaxed and smiling from the lodge in Abu Dhabi, Egger doesn’t appear worried approximately weight any longer. In fact, she tasks the self assurance of a fighter that has usually been here, regardless of her UFC debut marking simply her 7th expert tilt. But even her quick résumé is a notable, with appearances in each Rizin and Invicta FC, and a first-spherical TKO of UFC veteran Mara Romero Borella.

“I started with judo when I was a child and I was on the national team,” she says of a lifetime love affair with the martial arts. “I like fighting. I like the challenge to do standup, ground, wrestling, judo and put all the things together.”

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