Bec Hyatt, who fights Carla Esparza for Invicta FC's vacant strawweight (106-to-115 pounds) title in the headliner on Saturday, said she was having the time of her life and didn't feel a thing when Rhiannon Thompson kicked her in the head in the first round of their fight 15 months ago.
"I went to sleep, and I woke up, and I lost," she told MMAjunkie.com Radio.
But she's seen others who haven't been as lucky.
"I've seen some people in Australia that have been knocked out and woken up in a puddle," she said.
Hyatt's fear of damage is a thing of the past. She comes into fights with the excitement of a kid on Christmas.
"I've got to prove everyone wrong," she said. "That's probably what drove me to success more than anything."
"I see her coming out quite wild, trying to prove that she can stand with me. She's made a few comments that I'm a brawler and that my standup is impressive, and I think she might want to prove that she can hang with me, so I'm hoping she just comes out and we just get it on and put on a good fight for the crowd."
That kind of fight undoubtedly puts her in danger of having that accident, but her laugh indicates how far away she thinks that possibility is.
"I just can't wait to get out there," Hyatt said.
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