Maria Paula Buzaglo: “I Will Be World Champion!”

Before Peru’s Maria Paula Buzaglo tries to climb to 2-0 as a pro this week for Combate Americas, the fast-rising 19-year-old Team Oyama fighter spoke with FightBook MMA.

How did you find MMA to begin with?

I started training MMA after I won the youth amateur muay Thai world championship. I saw an MMA fight on TV and started to train the next week. I fell in love with it right away and haven’t stopped loving it yet (laughs)!

What do you love most about MMA?

I love to fight! I never get stressed for a fight. Everything I do, I do it with passion and love. When I get in the cage, I just have fun.

Is there anything you don’t like about the sport?

I don’t like when people cut too much weight. I think that can be really harmful to your health, which I don’t agree with, but ultimately it depends on the individual.

How do you feel about what you’ve accomplished so far?

I’m really happy and excited to be where I am today. I’ve been training really hard, making a lot of sacrifices, and giving my 100-percent every day, every training session. I’m so happy with where I am — and it’s just the beginning!

Where would you like to be five years from today?

I will be a world champion!