Bec Rawlings returns to action in the co-main event of this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 121 event to take on fellow Australian, Jessica-Rose Clark. “Rowdy” will be making her flyweight debut and is looking to make an immediate impact in the UFC’s newly added division.
Rawlings (7-6-0) is coming off a decision loss to Tecia Torres at the UFC Fight Night 104 event in February. She owns notable UFC victories over Seo Hee Ham and Lisa Ellis, as well as being a former title challenger for premier all-female organization, Invicta FC. The Australian is a known finisher, finishing five of her seven career victories. She feels she severely depleted her body trying to make the strawweight limit, she is confident she will be able to perform at a much higher level at flyweight.
The 28-year-old recently took part in an interview with The Rally to discuss her upcoming fight against Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC Fight Night on Saturday.
On Saturday’s opponent being changed from Joanne Calderwood to Jessica-Rose Clark:
It’s kind of annoying having to get a late notice change in opponent but luckily this time their styles are very similar, they are both very striking oriented so nothing really had to change. My camp kind of translates into this new opponent anyway so it didn’t really disrupt many things.
On Saturday’s fight being in her home country against a fellow Australian:
I’m always excited to fight, I don’t really care who it is against. Obviously the crowd might get behind us a little more just because there is two Australian girls but I feel like Australia actually probably would have have prefered to see me beat a Scottish up. You can only get behind the one Australian, it’s going to be a good fight regardless, I think they’ll be happy anyway.
On the importance of finishing fights:
Everyone looks at me, they see my fights and they think that I’m predominantly a boxer. You’d ask someone what would my strengths be and they’d say boxing. A lot of people forget that I’ve won half of my fights by submission. I’m always looking to end the fight regardless whether it’s on the ground or standing. I’m going into a fight to finish my opponent, I don’t like winning decisions, I don’t get closure from winning decisions. I’m always going out there to finish whether it’s a submission or a knockout. I’m trying to go out there and win dominantly.