Kristine Ion-Rood looks to make a statement to the developing women’s welterweight division this weekend when she makes her professional MMA debut to take on Imari Claude at Caged Aggression 21.
Ion-Rood (0-0) will finally be making her professional debut following several years of training and competing as an amateur. Much like UFC bantamweight Marion Reneau, 46-year-old Ion-Rood is a firm believer of “age is just a number” and has been continuing to prove it. During her most recent amateur showing this past October, it took her just 19 seconds to submit her opponent. The boxer from Iowa, who has picked up the grappling aspect of MMA very fast, is confident she will have the same success as a professional.
“I would not want to fight me at age 46. The true fight for me is the training between now and March 10. When the cage door shuts I’m excited. I train every minute of everyday up until that moment and I’m ready. Predictions for this fight, it will be a submission finish.”
Take a look at the official video preview for the fight below:
Caged Aggression 21: Night 2 takes place this Saturday March 10 from The RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa, United States. The event begins at 6pm EST, any streaming details will be announced on the organization’s official social media pages.