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Maverick won’t resort to ‘half-nude’ Instagram pictures to secure UFC call-up

It’s nothing new for female MMA fighters to market themselves as models. Felice Herrig, Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey were just a few of the pioneers of the tactic in the WMMA space, using their good looks to build a loyal following on social media and gain sponsor deals.

In 2020, Paige VanZant, Valerie Loureda and Tracy Cortez are some of the marquee names keeping the tradition alive. All the aforementioned are talented cage-fighters, but each uses beauty to their advantage. Is there anything wrong with fighters using marketability to get ahead? Not at all.

But Miranda Maverick, she’s taking a more wholesome route. “It’s an entertainment industry and I believe each person has the right to seek success however they wish,” she told That MMA Show. “My morals and values just don’t align with that.”

Earlier this week, Maverick told That Body Lock that she’s frustrated with the lack of a UFC call-up. She saw plenty of other young women — with fewer wins — get called up to the UFC recently.

The 22-year-old, who holds a professional record of 8-2, fights Feb. 7 at Invicta FC 39. With a win over UFC veteran Pearl Gonzalez, the UFC will have to start taking notice of the youngster.

When Maverick finally gets into the UFC, you can bet that its going to be on her terms. She’s not going to use any cheap marketing gimmicks to make it to the top.

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