rosi-sexton-3.jpgIt was a week after the first women’s fight in UFC history that Rosi Sexton‘s coach asked her what she was up to these days.

What he meant was, did she want to put on 10 pounds and try to fight in the octagon?

“I thought, OK,” Sexton (13-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) with a tone of mock skepticism. “We could run with it.”

That’s just what said manager did. A call to UFC matchmakers led to a call in April with an invite to compete at UFC 161 against Alexis Davis (13-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC). After 11 years of fighting on the regional circuit and just beneath the biggest fight promotion on the planet, Sexton had arrived.

The osteopath, sports therapist and sometime-writer is now booked on the pay-per-view main card of the event, which takes place Saturday at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ontario.

“It’s all happened really quickly,” she said. “I didn’t see this one coming until it happened. It was an opportunity I didn’t think I’d ever have. It’s something I’ve dreamt of ever since I started competing in MMA. My first fight was back in 2002, over 10 years ago, and all the time I’ve been competing. I’d kind of given up hope that it was going to happen in time for me.”

What she meant was, without a women’s bantamweight division, she would continue to compete, but she would never reach her goal. She had nearly retired from the sport when her previous fight was canceled.

“It was given that we were going to jump at [the UFC],” said Sexton, who’s won her past three fights.

Even if it meant fighting up in weight, where she called her results “mixed.” In 2005, she won the Cage Warriors 132-pound title only to get knocked out by a far bigger Gina Carano in her next outing.

“We’re taking it very seriously,” Sexton said. “I’ve spent a lot of time talking to some very smart people about the strength and conditioning side of things and nutrition, and adding a little bit of weight so I’m going to be a good size for the weight class.

“I’m pretty comfortable fighting people that are bigger than me. Most of my training partners are a little bit taller and heavier, so it’s not something that I’m unfamiliar with. And I think I’m coming in reasonably close to the weight class, but I think that also gives me the advantage because I’m not cutting a large amount of weight. I’m not going to be drained from sitting in a sauna the day before the fight.”

Like Davis, who’s won her past two outings, Sexton is known for her grappling-heavy approach to the fight, so some extra gas could come in handy if the two tussle on the mat for multiple rounds.

A yearlong layoff on her resume is not something she expects to be a factor. This past October, a scheduled bout at Cage Warriors was called off a few weeks before the fight when her opponent, now-UFC fighter Sheila Gaff, withdrew due to illness. With the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency conducting tests prior to the event, Sexton hinted that Gaff was using performance-enhancers.

“Here’s my bottom line,” Sexton wrote on Twitter. “Female MMA has a drug problem. I’m not interested in taking steroids. Until something changes, I’m out!”

Steroids remain a concern for Sexton, of course, but she’s long moved past any feelings of anger. There are bigger things to worry about, like winning the UFC bantamweight title.

And with so many other skills at her disposal, you might think her opportunity in the UFC would serve as one last push toward her ultimate goal before she focuses on other things.

She hasn’t had that talk with her coach just yet.

“I’m absolutely not looking past the next fight,” she said. “And after that, we’ll make a decision. It will depend on how things go down.”

For the latest on UFC 161, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

Related News

Dustin Poirier vs. Joe Duffy Announced as Headline Fight for UFC Dublin

  • a day ago
  • 2 views

Joe Duffy will receive an opportunity to impress his local fans with a UFC Dublin main event showdown against Dustin Poirier on Oct. 24. UFC UK announced the 27-year-old fighter will have his name in read news >>

Ratings Report: Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites peaks at 731,000 viewers for afternoon slot

  • 8 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC had two live shows and Bellator had one over the past week, and there were no great surprises in the ratings. Saturday's UFC afternoon show did 508,000 viewers on average, Bellator's Friday night read news >>

UFC Veteran Michael Bisping Still Deserves a Championship Opportunity

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

Michael Bisping's career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship is one of endurance and longevity. He has been in the UFC since June 2006, making him one of the longest-tenured fighters in the promoti read news >>

This is why Ronda Rousey dissed Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the ESPYs

  • 13 days ago
  • 15 views

LOS ANGELES – Ronda Rousey waited and waited for her opportunity to get revenge on Floyd Mayweather Jr. She just never expected the timing to be so good.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, read news >>

UFC Fight Night 71's Kevin Lee on why he's 'America's worst nightmare'

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

SAN DIEGO – Kevin Lee has been waiting for the opportunity for the UFC to let him shine, but he’s worried that as “a young, black, outspoken kid” they might not want to put him out there.Filed under: read news >>

Kurt Holobaugh Wants Another UFC Shot, but Focused on Titan Title Defense

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 views

Kurt Holobaugh wants an opportunity to return to the UFC, but know that his Titan FC 34 title defense comes first, and it has his undivided attention. read news >>

Fan Perspective: Is the Conor McGregor hype bubble about to burst?

  • 22 days ago
  • 17 views

This Saturday’s UFC 189 event provides Conor McGregor the opportunity to quiet a lot of doubters when he takes on Chad Mendes for the interim UFC featherweight championship.Filed under: Featured Vide read news >>