Bec Rawlings feels like new fighter without massive weight cut
Bec Rawlings has had a hard run. She lost her last two fights, to Paige VanZant and Tecia Torres, and in the latter case missed weight. She was booked to fight Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 121, but JoJo pulled out with an injury with about a week to go. Now she faces fellow Aussie Jessica-Rose Clark, who is making her debut at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
The good news is the UFC has a new 125-pound featherweight division, and ‘Rowdy’ Bec was made for it.
“Last week, I felt awesome – I had so much energy,” said Rawlings to Matt Erickson and John Morgan for MMAjunkie. “I was like, ‘This doesn’t feel right. Something feels wrong.’ My coach was like, ‘Yeah, you’re in good shape, and you’re healthy.’ It’s an amazing feeling that I can just focus on open workouts, focus on the media and my fight, and not have to worry about a stupid weight cut.”
” … It’s annoying getting last-minute changes, but her style is somewhat the same as Joanne. Joanne is somewhat technical, whereas Jess – she’s a tough Aussie. You look at all Aussie girl fighters – we’re tough, we’ve got heart. She’s skillful, and she’s tough, so it’s going to be a hard fight for me. But I’m confident I’m going to win.”
“The energy from the Australian crowd, it just feels like home. It just gives you a different feeling and makes you want to work even harder out there.”
UFC Fight Night 121 is held on Sunday in Sydney, but due to the time difference, it will air on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday in the USA.