Brittney Elkin signed with the prestigious Bellator MMA organization earlier this year, a longtime dream fulfilled for the 32-year-old from Denver, Colorado. Although she came up short in her promotional debut, Elkin is still one of the top fighters in her division and is currently the number-eight ranked women’s featherweight fighter in the world, according to the WMMA world rankings.
Elkin (3-4-0), a fan-favorite of the women’s featherweight division, owns a notable 2015 victory over number-nine ranked Gabby Holloway. Prior to signing with Bellator, she was coming off an impressive first-round knockout win over the much heavier welterweight competitor in Kola Shippentower. Over the past few years, she had shifted her focus to submission grappling contests, in which she has enjoyed great success. However, she’s now ready to make her mark in the MMA world and with the help of Team Alpha Male, she is confident she is going to showcase what she is truly made of when she next competes.
Elkin recently took part in an interview with WMMA Rankings and spoke about a number of topics including her Bellator MMA debut in July, the upcoming ‘Budd vs. Blencowe 2’ featherweight title showdown, her dream opponent, championship aspirations and lots more.
What does it mean for you to be a member of the Bellator MMA featherweight roster?
I feel like I have an incredible opportunity alongside a line-up of some of the best. Bellator definitely has done the best at building the 145 division. It is an honor to be signed with them. I walk around with more pride, train harder and can’t wait for my next opportunity. It was always my dream to fight for a big show and I think Bellator has the best options for my weight class compared to other promotions.
You made your promotional debut at the Bellator 181 event in July. Unfortunately it didn’t go your way, how do you feel about the fight and what was the biggest lesson you took away from it?
After I took the call and accepted the fight, I had three weeks to prepare. I had not been training MMA for about a year, just been competing in BJJ contests. I didn’t know where my MMA career was going about a year ago so I just absorbed myself into the BJJ. After I took the fight, playing catch up was hard for timing in sparring and such. During the fight itself I was dominant for the first round and the first minutes into the second, I landed two takedowns and held a dominant position, simple errors caused me the loss. I stood up in the cage and while the announcer awarded Amanda, I took a second to breath it all in, I’m still proud and I’ll be more ready next time.
Arlene Blencowe will challenge Julia Budd for the featherweight title on December 1. Do you have any predictions for the fight and could you see yourself eventually challenging the winner?
Women are crazy and when there is bling on the line for the winner, they are going to go for it, especially considering there hasn’t always been the hype around the 145 division other than dominate characters like Cyborg. When it’s my turn for the title shot I will be ready.
When can fans expect to see you back in action, is there a particular opponent from your division who you want to fight?
I have asked the promotion for my second fight, my manager says they are working on it. I heard Jozette Cotton is making 145, I would like to bury the hatchet and fight her, other than that I would just like to fight the best.
What are your goals in MMA when it comes to from now and this time next year?
I day dream every day of being the champion, that’s what I want.
Thank you Brittney, is there anything you’d like to add?
Thank you everyone for supporting me in the highs and lows, I love my fans.
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