“I say this a lot: I got good at losing,” Kailin Curran tells MMA Junkie at Wednesday’s Shanghai media day. This Saturday, Curran (4-5) will look to snap a three-fight skid when she takes on rising Chinese prospect Yan Xiaonan (7-1) in a strawweight bout.
Heading into the bout sporting a UFC record of 1-5, Curran knows that she needs a big win on Saturday. Reflecting on her record, Curran says,“My record doesn’t really show the kind of fighter I am. My record doesn’t actually show what I’m capable of.”
The 26-year-old Hawaiin is honext about her struggles to stay positive during adversity. She tells reporters, “It hasn’t been easy to stay positive. My last two camps I’ve been very positive, though. There’s been a change in my attitude because there’s been times I wanted to give up and I’m just like ‘I keep losing.’ But I just put winning in a different category now.”
“I feel like I’ve come a long way since fighting Paige VanZant. It’s been a crazy journey but I love it. I feel like I’m getting better every fight.”
Regarding Curran’s last fight, a back-and-forth FOTN-worthy affair with Alexandra Albu, Curran explains that she thought she would walk away with the judges decision. “I was bummed for sure. I definitley thought I won. Sometimes judges see it with a different perspective and there’s nothing really I can do about that except for making sure going into this next fight I solidify I’m going to win.” She adds, “either I win by submission or ref’s stoppage. I really have to make it clear that I won.”
Check out Curran’s full pre-fight interview below, courtesy of MMA Junkie on YouTube!
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UFC Fight Night 122, a.k.a. UFC Shanghai, takes place at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, on November 25. The card will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
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