Miranda Maverick isn’t happy

No, she didn’t have a bad day in sparring; didn’t read some unkind words on social media from her opponent in her UFC debut this weekend, Liana Jojua; or any other such trivial matter.

“I just got done having a three-hour class in person that was statistics, and I’m just angry.”

The 23-year-old is angry, but she laughs anyway. Maybe it’s because it’s the last thing a fighter getting ready for the biggest moment of her career is doing or thinking about. But that’s the life of a flyweight prospect who is also a student at Old Dominion University pursuing her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

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Yes, she didn’t even have to say a word to have a mic drop. So how on Earth does she pull this off?

“It’s pretty hard,” Maverick admits. “More than anything, I just make sure my days are very planned out down to the 30-minute marks. I work hard at it and keep focused and try not to have anything else on the side. I literally fight and go to school; I don’t really have much of the social life that most people my age do and other hobbies and things.”

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She can’t even hope for the COVID-19 pandemic to buy her some time with full virtual learning, as two of her classes are on campus. Add in the teaching she does at the university (which is thankfully virtual), and you wonder how she made it to the UFC with such a schedule.

Yet the answer there is an easy one – Maverick is a damn good fighter, a 9-2 pro who only started fighting five years ago when she was 18. And considering that she fought all but one of her fights in the Invicta FC promotion, won their Phoenix Series 2 tournament last year and owns wins over the likes of UFC vets Shanna Young, Pearl Gonzalez and DeAnna Bennett, it’s safe to say that the Missouri native has the goods to one day wear UFC gold.

And that’s the plan.

“Fighting’s the dream, school’s the backup,” said Maverick. “I want to fight, I enjoy it, I have passion for it, I think I can be the best in the world and therefore I want to see if I have that potential.”

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