Megan Cawley will make her pro MMA debut against Julia Ottolino at Invicta FC 36, the bantamweights were scheduled to fight earlier this year.
“It’s a little bit nerve-racking, the actual nerves is real,” Cawley said, “but I’m just focused on myself and performing the best that I can.”
Cawley spent a lot of time training with UFC featherweight Felicia Spencer during her pro fight camp, emphasizing on “controlled aggression”. At The Jungle MMA, Spencer is Cawley’s main training partner.
Sparring with a natural featherweight has given Cawley toughness and power which Spencer displayed against her recent fight versus Cris Cyborg. Though, Cawley sees more than just Spencer’s striking strength.
“She’s well-rounded and has a lot of experience. Definitely, I have a good variance with Felicia Spencer,” Cawley said. “She’s bigger than me, but she’s really good at a lot of things so it’s definitely awesome to train with her.”
It’s more realistic when you’re sparring someone heavier than you, even though there’s no intent to hurt your sparring partner, she added.
The Floridan concluded her amateur career back in June 2018, defeating Kiara Ramos via armbar in the first round at Tuff-N-Uff: The Mack, improvin her amateur record to 3-2.
Ottolino’s last amateur MMA bout was back in March 2015, when she defeated Dominique Gallagher-Gonzalez at Cowboys Extreme Cagefighting 21. She won gold at NAGA’s San Antonio Grappling Championship for the lightweight no-gi women division.