#LFA 36 #Conor McGregor #Daniel Cormier #Christian Aguilera #Ricardo Seixas #Alain Ngalani #AXS TV Fights #Iron Will #Alistair Overeem #Khabib Nurmagomedov #Miesha Tate #TJ Dillashaw #Garry Tonon #Tony Ferguson #Fight Night London

From mom's death to bad knee: Talita Nogueira's rough road to long-awaited Bellator debut

When jiu-jitsu champion Talita Nogueira enters the Bellator cage tonight, almost four years will have elapsed since her most recent MMA fight.

Yes, it’s been a long layoff. But it wasn’t for lack of trying. Since being signed to join Bellator’s women’s 145-pound roster back in 2014, Nogueira faced a number of hardships – physical and mental – before being able to finally make her promotional debut.

Just 10 days before traveling to the U.S. for a scheduled Bellator 133 meeting with Julia Budd in 2015, Nogueira suffered ACL and meniscus tears. She managed to compete in jiu-jitsu in the meantime, but with her knee continuing to go out of place, she went under the knife six months later.

“The recovery itself was close to one year,” Nogueira told MMAjunkie. “My thigh muscle had atrophied.”

After attempted bookings for June and July of 2016 fell through, Nogueira finally got a new date. It was a big one, too: Nogueira was slated to meet veteran Marloes Coenen at Bellator 183.

Speaking to MMAjunkie at the time, Nogueira said the training was great. But while she was physically recovered, the featherweight was dealing with a personal tragedy: Her mother died of cancer just three months prior to signing the bout agreement.

“While dealing with my mother’s illness, I put on weight, way above the usual,” Nogueira said. “I accepted the fight because I truly wanted to fight in Bellator, and because I wanted to use that as a motivator. In truth, it wasn’t a good time for me.

“My weight was too high and my head wasn’t in the right place. I still suffered from the loss of my mother, who was very important in my life.”

As a result, Nogueira came in 5.6 pounds too heavy the day before the meeting with Coenen – who, in turn, made weight. The bout was scrapped. Coenen went on to headline Bellator 174, opposite Budd, and retired shortly after a fourth-round TKO loss.

Nogueira (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), in turn, had to wait a little before finally getting another debut date. Now, set to meet Amanda Bell (5-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., the Brazilian grappling expert’s head is certainly in a much better place.

“I’m feeling great,” Nogueira said. “I’m happy. I’m ready.”

Other than the physical and personal issues beyond her control, another reason why Nogueira’s only had six pro MMA bouts since her 2009 debut was merely the fact she was focused somewhere else: on jiu-jitsu.

That paid off for the black belt world champion, who’s collected titles and staved off rust by keeping an active schedule in grappling competitions. While it’s not her sole weapon, Nogueira makes no secret of how confident she is on her ground game.

“Ultimately, I’m a jiu-jitsu world champion, with and without the gi,” Nogueira said. “I don’t care if someone is bad, good, or what martial art they came from. I’ll still beat them.”

It also helps that Nogueira had the help of someone who’s come to basically simbolize what a successful grappling-to-MMA transition looks like in the cage.

“I’m training at Vila da Luta, which is (UFC welterweight contender) Demian Maia’s academy,” Nogueira said. “I’m a big fan of his. He inspires all jiu-jitsu practitioners in MMA. It’s also a great inspiration to hit the mat with him every day.

“My trainers and cornermen are the same as Demian’s. Several great fighters train here like (former UFC champ) Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. I want to be at least 50 percent as good as Demian. I’m very happy here.”

For now, Nogueira says the focus is 100 percent on coming out victorious of her long-awaited Bellator debut. But, if everything goes according to plan, this will only be the first step of yet another highly victorious career path.

“I want to be the best,” Nogueira said. “I already wrote my story in jiu-jitsu, and I want to do the same in MMA now. I’m taking it one step at a time.

“If I keep winning, that will be a consequence of my work. I’ll be ready for anyone. I trust in what I do. I trust my jiu-jitsu.”

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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


Show Comments

Related News

After emotional rollercoaster, John Phillips ready to make long-awaited UFC debut in London

  • 8 days ago

Welsh knockout artist John Phillips finally is a UFC fighter, and he can’t wait to jump into the octagon for the first time. read news >>

Bellator's new 'Between Rounds' feature includes gloriously autographed Fedor sweater

  • 8 days ago

Bellator has a new feature worth checking out, if for no other reason than you get a glimpse at an autographed Fedor Emelianenko sweater. read news >>

Daily Debate: If the UFC did a tournament, like Bellator, what would be the best division?

  • 8 days ago

Hypothetically speaking, if the UFC did a yearlong tournament the way Bellator is doing, what would be the best division? read news >>

UFC, Bellator veteran Marcin Held signs with Absolute Championship Berkut

  • 7 days ago

Things didn’t work out the way he hoped in the UFC, but Marcin Held has a new opportunity forthcoming. read news >>

Derek Anderson replaces Zach Freeman, meets Zak Bucia at Bellator 197

  • 7 days ago

With Zach Freeman unable to compete, Derek Anderson has agreed to step in and fight Zak Bucia at Bellator 197. read news >>

Alexander Volkov Blasts Fabricio Werdum (UFC London Results) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago

Former Bellator titleholder Alexander Volkov remained unbeaten inside the octagon by finishing former UFC champ Fabricio Werdum in the UFC London main event. read news >>

Before Bellator 196, watch Denise Kielholtz’s nifty win over Jessica Middleton

  • 5 days ago

Kickboxer Denise Kielholtz is getting a hang of this MMA and jiu-jitsu stuff. read news >>

Unbeaten Anastasia Yankova returns against Kate Jackson at Bellator 200

  • 4 days ago

A women’s flyweight bout between Anastasia Yankova and Kate Jackson is the latest addition to Bellator’s event in May. read news >>

Dream team: Joe Rogan, Jimmy Smith, Jon Anik get commentary lineup debut at UFC 223

  • 4 days ago

Former Bellator broadcaster Jimmy Smith will join Joe Rogan and Jon Anik in the commentary booth for the first time at UFC 223. read news >>

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Bellator's Tywan Claxton, Devon Brock

  • 3 days ago

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Tywan Claxton and Devon Brock. read news >>

Unbeaten Ed Ruth drops to welterweight, booked for Bellator 196 main card

  • 3 days ago

A welterweight bout between Ed Ruth and Laszlo Furko is the final addition to April’s Bellator 196 main-card lineup. read news >>

Brent Primus injury sets up Michael Chandler vs. Brandon Girtz as new Bellator 197 headliner

  • 3 days ago

It turns out Michael Chandler will have to wait longer for a second crack at Brent Primus. read news >>

Ellenberger makes return against Barberena on June 1

  • 4 days ago

Hard-hitting welterweight veteran Jake Ellenberger will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon on June 1, as he travels to Utica, New York to face Bryan Barberena in a UFC Fight Night bout at Ad read news >>

Finally, an event that blends MMA with porn webcam streams

  • 3 days ago

If you’ve ever wished that MMA events worked more like adult webcam streaming event, then finally someone is willing to grant that wish. read news >>

Injury Derails Bellator 197 Title Fight, but Michael Chandler to Remain in New Main Event | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago

The original Bellator 197 main event was slated to feature lightweight champion Brent Primus putting his title on the line against the man he took it from, Michael Chandler. That bout has been cancel read news >>

Bellator champ Brent Primus apologizes to everybody but Michael Chandler for title-fight withdrawal

  • 2 days ago

Bellator lightweight champ Brent Primus apologizes for withdrawing from his planned title defense against Michael Chandler at Bellator 197. read news >>

Search for:

Related Videos

Trending News

Top News