Alejandra Lara reflects on title challenge loss to Macfarlane: “Despite everything, it was a good fight”

 

Despite a submission to loss to Bellator women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei McFarlane in June, Alejandra Lara sees only a positive experience.

Lara (7-2) told MMA Fighting:

“Yeah, of course, I felt very good about the fight and everything,.From the first round, I saw I was able to do a lot of things and that she didn’t get me with the triangle choke, and that I took her back.

So I was able to execute a lot of what I had planned, but there were other things that I didn’t really, like I couldn’t find the moment, but those are things that come with experience. I waited a lot to do certain things and then I couldn’t do them.

In my sparring sessions leading up to the fight, my best rounds were always the fourth and fifth and I felt very prepared physically. The fight went by very fast and the truth is that at the end of it, I felt good about it. And despite everything, it was a good fight.”

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She performed well despite suffering from indigestion from her weight cut that resulted in vomiting before and after the fight. Even with these difficulties, Lara remains positive about the experience:

“Yeah, I do feel like it has a lot with it, but I don’t like to think in the ‘what if,’” Maybe at this moment it wasn’t my time to take on that role of being champion. And I don’t think I should be scared of anything. I saw what I was able to do against the champion and I’m sure I can do better the next time.”

Lara’s next fight has been announced. She will face Juliana Velasquez (7-0) on December 14 on the Bellator and USO Present Salute the Troops card.

Terence
Veteran martial arts writer also published in Black Belt and Fight! Magazine.

3 comments

  1. beautiful person inside and out. it was a good fight. she’ll climb her way back in no time I’m sure. I’m also sure she’ll be fighting Valerie for the title next time.

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