|Miranda Granger of Snohomish, who had her first professional MMA title fight Sept. 15, 2018 at the Tacoma Dome, signed a contract to join UFC. Her first fight with the promotion is set for Aug. 3 in Newark, New Jersey. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)|
Snohomish MMA star with Everett gym signs with UFC
Miranda "Danger" Granger's first fight with the premier promotion will be Aug. 3 in New Jersey.
by Nick Patterson | Wednesday, July 24, 2019 7:35am
On Monday, Miranda Granger tweeted out the words she's been working six years to be able to send:
"I have arrived. #UFC."
The Snohomish native and rising mixed martial arts star is heading for the sport's brightest lights after signing with Ultimate Fighting Championship, MMA's premier promotion.
The contract makes Granger an official member of UFC's roster, and her first fight with the promotion is scheduled for Aug. 3 in Newark, New Jersey.
"I was walking out of church Sunday when my coach (Charlie Pearson) called me, and it was the call," Granger said.
"This is finally a dream come true. I've been wanting to do this since I was 4 years old."
Granger, a Glacier Peak High School graduate who fights out of Charlie's Combat Club in Everett, is following in the footsteps of the likes of Randy Couture as Snohomish County natives who have reached the highest level of MMA. She has a perfect 6-0 record since turning pro two years ago, most recently rolling through Brazil's Heloisa Azevedo in 41 seconds in May in Coachella, California, to win the inaugural Cage Fury Fighting Championships women's strawweight (115 pounds) world championship.
According to Tapology.com, Granger is the top-ranked female fighter among all weight classes in the U.S. who wasn't signed to a major promotion like UFC. She is ranked by Tapology.com as the 36th-best female strawweight in the world when including all elite-level promotions. So her time had been coming.
"I would say (reaching UFC) has been in my sights clearly for about six months," Granger said. "I've been wanting this ever since I started fighting about six years ago, but the goal seemed more like a reality around six months ago."
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