Following a disappointing loss in her last XFC outing in February, Heather “Hurricane” Clark was looking to make a statement at this past Friday’s event against Avery Vilche.

Heather Clark XFC

Heather Clark (Courtesy of XFC)

“I think I performed pretty well,” said Clark. “I think I could have done some a few things better, but all in all I listened to my corner and stuck with the game plan and it worked pretty effectively.

“She actually pulled me on top of her into half-guard and from there I kind of baited an arm bar to pass to side and from there I set up mount, and from mount I did a little ground and pound and made her turn her back and finished with the rear naked choke.”

The victory over Vilche gives Clark five wins in her last six fights, but it’s that loss in February to Marianna Kheyfets that still bothers her.

“Looking back at the tape, all my coaches and friends haven’t been able to find exactly where the strike happened that made the eye swell, so it’s a little bit frustrating,” said Clark. “What happened was, I thought, ‘fair enough, she got me,’ but looking back now on the film, I can’t really find it, so I believe it should be a no contest and not a loss.

“It kind of gave me a little bit of a drive to show XFC what I’m capable of doing.”

With so few nationally televised events carrying women’s MMA, Clark feels that finding a home in a promotion like the XFC is a boom for her career.

“I feel completely honored and blessed to be with XFC,” she said. “Honestly, I don’t believe there is anywhere better I could be at my weight class. Bellator’s a good show as well, but I honestly think that the XFC does a better job at promoting their fighters, especially their female fighters. I couldn’t be anywhere better.”

For her next bout, Clark told MMAWeekly.com that she’d like to move down to 115 pounds and establish a title in the XFC at that weight. And thanks to the level of training she gets at Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque, N.M., whomever Clark faces, she feels will be at a distinct disadvantage to her.

“I moved out here from Los Angeles just to train at this gym,” she said. “Working with Mike Winklejohn and attending Greg Jackson’s classes and learning from the best of the best. Going against that tough competition like Michelle (Waterson), Julie (Kedzie) and Holly (Holm), I can’t tell you how much confidence it gives me.

“When I get in the cage before my fights, I say, ‘This ain’t Julie, Holly or Michelle. I got this.’ I’m kind of joking, but I’m also serious because it’s true. What I have to face with these girls on a daily basis getting my butt kicked, when I get into my fights, it’s been nothing compared to this.”

Considering the opportunities afforded her by the XFC and her training camp, Clark doesn’t see anything less than a title around her waist a year from now and a spot amongst the top ranked female fighters.

“I’ve got to keep working on all my different skills and continue to be a well-rounded fighter, so that no matter who they put in front of me, I’ll be able to dominate and get through people and finish the fights,” she said. “I’ll keep working my butt off to become the best female fighter in the world, and I won’t stop at anything less.”

E-mail Mick Hammond
For more UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Related News

Frank Mir working his boxing for Duffee: 'The guy's fundamentals aren't there'

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 views

Frank Mir is getting geared up for his HW main event against Todd Duffee and it sounds like the biggest focus in his prep has been on working his boxing fundamentals, something he says Duffee just do read news >>

Invicta FC 13 results recap: Cris Cyborg smashes Faith Van Duin in 45 seconds, tells Ronda Rousey to 'stop running'

  • 19 days ago
  • 331 views

"Cyborg" retained the Invicta FC featherweight title after defeating Faith Van Duin by TKO in the first round. Tonya Evinger finished Irene Aldana by TKO in fourth round to win the vacant bantamweigh read news >>

New Invicta champion Tonya Evinger found motivation in recent Dana White tweet: 'That pissed me off'

  • 19 days ago
  • 20 views

LAS VEGAS -- New Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger talks about beating Irene Aldana, finally becoming a champion, how she turned her career around, finding motivation from a Dana White t read news >>

Tonya Evinger Invicta FC 13 media day scrum

  • 21 days ago
  • 4 views

LAS VEGAS -- Tonya Evinger discusses recent comments by Sean Shelby, her motivation, why she would rather fight for Invicta than UFC, and more during Invicta FC 13 media day Tuesday. read news >>

Eddie Alvarez reacts to Gilbert Melendez's drug test failure: 'I understand why guys do stuff'

  • 21 days ago
  • 81 views

Eddie Alvarez got wind of Gilbert Melendez's recent drug test failure for exogenous testosterone, but it doesn't sound like the former Bellator champ is taking a very hard line stance on the issue. W read news >>

The UFC Cutting Room Floor: Hatsu Hioki and long goodbyes

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Zane Simon goes in depth on the most recent UFC roster cuts, just who the fighters were, and whether or not we might expect them back soon. New to this episode, a look at the UFC signings from the mo read news >>

Matt Serra, Dana White, & Nick 'The Tooth' Gallo working on new reality show

  • 23 days ago
  • 22 views

No it's not another season of the Ultimate Fighter, but Dana White is getting another reality show together, this one with former WW champ Matt Serra and longtime friend Nick 'The Tooth' Gallo. Rumor read news >>

Chad Mendes: 'Everything on track, I don't stop training' in midst of shortened UFC 189 fight camp

  • 24 days ago
  • 7 views

Two-time UFC featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes is prepared for his interim title clash with top-ranked contender Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11. Chad Mendes will compete for the Ultima read news >>

Forty-Year-Old Glena Avila Takes Aim at KOTC Championship After Recent Win

  • 24 days ago
  • 8 views

She may be 40 years of age, but Glena Avila is taking aim at the King of the Cage strawweight championship. read news >>

Rockhold on sponsor deals, Machida's place in the division, post-fight speeches & more

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

In a recent interview with Bloody Elbow, Luke Rockhold weighed in on a variety of topics that include his thoughts on the Machida/Romero fight, the MW pecking order, post-fight speeches, AKA's traini read news >>