Amanda Bell (5-5-0) has enjoyed a hugely successfully year when it comes to MMA, fulfilling a lifelong dream by signing with one of the top organization’s in the world, Bellator MMA.
“The Lady Killer” is the number seven ranked female featherweight fighter in the world, owning notable victories over fellow top-ten ranked contenders such as Brittney Elkin and Gabby Holloway. In 2018, Bell has her sights set on entering the top-five.
The 29-year-old recently spoke to WMMA Rankings about a number of topics including what it means for her to be fighting for Bellator, what she learnt from her August loss to Talita Nogueira, goals for 2018 and lots more. Take a look below.
What does it mean for you to be a member of the Bellator MMA featherweight roster?
I feel very fortunate to be where I am now. Bellator has really been a joy to be part of. I’m a lot more comfortable within my career and feel a sense of stability. I sat back and watched the UFC play ping pong with my weight class so badly, it had me concerned about what business might be happening between them and InvictaFC. When I was offered a spot inside Bellator, I felt it was the right move but it was a difficult choice for me to make. I loved being part of IFC and I do miss the crew and friends I made there, but I could see Bellator was successfully building a strong division and it was time for me to have a change of scenery. I was getting too complacent in IFC and I couldn’t focus anymore. Bellator signed some pretty savage featherweights so I gotta be ready.
You were last in action at the Bellator 182 event in August, losing a first-round submission to Talita Nogueira. Almost four months on, how do you feel about the fight and what was the biggest lesson you took away from it?
Not gonna lie, I was pissed at myself for that one. But I went up against a strong black belt on short notice and didn’t do as bad as I feel I did. I don’t know if the result would have been different had I had a full camp to prepare, but I can’t dwell on it. All I can do now is move forward and build the areas I’m weaker at right now.
Is fighting Julia Budd for the Bellator MMA featherweight title something you see yourself doing in the future?
I’m sure soon I’ll go for the Bellator title no matter who is holding it. I feel like I’m still just getting started but I also know I’ve found a good place to set my feet and work toward becoming a champion.
When can fans expect to see you back in action, is there a particular opponent from your division who you want to fight?
We’re coming back early in 2018 for sure. I never pick and choose. I just take the names that I am given and get ready for battle
What are your goals in MMA when it comes to from now and this time next year?
I want to get back into the top 5. I went 2 out of 3 for 2017 and worked my way back up but I’m not satisfied. I want to be where I know I can be and be in my way to title contention.
Thank you Amanda, is there anything you’d like to add?
Happy Holidays to everyone out there. Thank you for all the love and support. Thank you to my management, Jason Ellis of Relentless Sports Management and marketing. Sponsor shoutout: Clinch Gear, Sleep tight global, Chaos United, Defense Soap and XionX USA.
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