Sofia BagherdaiFollowing a three-year layoff, Sofia Bagherdai returned to MMA earlier this year. And while the results might not have been in her favor, just to be able to get back to fighting was welcome enough.

“I slowly worked my way back into it and obviously I feel it’s where I need to be and now I’m continuing on with it,” said Bagherdai. “I took a long break just because life kind of took a toll on me and I needed to take some time off and stuff. Now that I’m back at it, I feel great.”

Bagherdai feels that it wasn’t so much rust in three years away from MMA that was a factor in her unanimous decision loss to Ashley Cummins at Invicta FC in April; it was that she tried to fight too light.

“She took me down a lot in the fight, so that’s definitely something I needed to work on, but it’s not so much my takedown defense wasn’t on par, I just didn’t have the strength,” Bagherdai said. “I cut like 11 or 12 pounds in one night and it’s super hard for me to get down to 115 pounds, so my body was weak and fatigued.

“I warmed up really, really well before the fight, but after the first round I was shot. I was telling myself that it was going to be tough and that I’d definitely have to save some energy so I could make it through the fight. From there I was pretty much fighting on pure heart and just trying to make it through the fight.”

Bagherdai will fight at a more natural 125 pounds when she has her second fight back on Friday night against a fighter she has some familiarity with, Sarah Maloy, at XFC 20 in Knoxville, Tenn. live on AXS TV.

“We did an all-girls seminar type thing together and actually got partnered up,” Bagherdai told MMAWeekly.com. “Sarah’s a sweetheart. I have nothing bad to say about her and I’m excited to fight her.

“I don’t know where she’s going to take the fight. From what I know of her, she’s a ground girl, but in her last fight she stood up and from what I’m hearing she wants to stand up and put on a good fight. I’m pretty much ready for wherever she takes it and, to be honest with you, I’m going to try to go in there and set the pace and have things how I want it.”

With women’s MMA riding an all-time high, Bagherdai’s decision to return to fighting now couldn’t have come at a better time.

“If women’s MMA is going to make it, it’s going to make it now,” she said. “If we all stick together and have the mindset, women’s MMA can make it to the top just like the men.

“I have a long term deal with XFC and all my fights are going to be live on AXS TV, so I’m going to get lots of exposure and I’m going to get to show the world what I’m capable of doing. If I go out there and get some attention, things will go up from here. I definitely have a goal in mind and I do whatever it takes to get there.”

(Photo courtesy of XFC)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 188 Predictions: Can Cain Velasquez Finally Make a Splash in Mexico City?

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

Calling a "do-over" never felt so good. Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum will finally meet to unify the heavyweight title on Saturday at UFC 188 in Mexico City. When they do, they'll make good on t read news >>

UFC 188: 3 Overlooked Fighters Who Could Make a Splash

  • 19 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC 188 is rapidly approaching, and all the press is geared toward the main event. That bout, a UFC title unification in the heavyweight division between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, is the bi read news >>

Video: CM Punk returns to pro-wrestling, loses to singer Frank Turner

  • 13 days ago
  • 36 views

CM Punk returned to his pro wrestling roots for Frank Turner's music video. Former WWE star CM Punk recently took a break from training full time in MMA to return to his pro-wrestling roots. Featured read news >>

Fighters make weight for ONE Championship 28’s one-night featherweight, flyweight tournaments

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 views

ONE Championship returns to China on Saturday, and all fighters made weight Thursday for the fights. Headlined by Russian featherweight prospect Timofey Nastyukhin against Yusuke Kawanago, ONE Champi read news >>

Dan Henderson: The Legend Returns in NOLA

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

Time may not wait for any man, but it seems as if Father Time is one who fears and respects Dan Henderson. For nearly two decades, the legendary knockout artist has been settling his opposition on read news >>

Demetrious Johnson's unusual suggestion: Make my next title defense a co-main event

  • 26 days ago
  • 27 views

Has UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson conceded that he's not a top draw? Johnson is widely regarded among the top three pound-for-pound in the world. He's the only flyweight champion in UFC h read news >>

UFC Fight Night 67 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

More than 14 months since he last appeared, Carlos Condit made a solid return on May 30 at UFC Fight Night 67, where he stopped Thiago Alves at the end of the second round. Following a close opening read news >>

Revamped UFC drug policy includes random year-round testing, two-year suspensions for first-time offenders

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC earlier this year teased a significant transformation to its drug testing policy. On Wednesday, that transformation became a reality. Jeff Novitzy, the UFC's new Vice President of Athlete Hea read news >>

TUF 21 results, recap (Ep. 7) for 'ATT vs. Blackzilians'

  • 27 days ago
  • 95 views

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 returns to FOX Sports 1 later tonight (Weds., June 3, 2015), featuring episode seven of the combat sports reality show, pitting American Top Team (ATT) against the neigh read news >>

Bellator 140: Paul 'Semtex' Daley returns for July 17 scrap against Dennis Olson

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce welterweight slugger Paul Daley makes his return to the Bellator MMA cage when he takes on 170-pound standout Dennis Olson (14-8) on the Sp read news >>