Williams on bloody defeat of Hardy: It was awesome

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Heather Hardy went 20-0 in boxing, winning the WBC international featherweight title. She saw her prominence increase dramatically after a gritty win in her MMA debut at Bellator 180. In her second MMA fight, on the Bellator 185 main card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, she fell to the unheralded Kristina Williams, who was a 4 to 1 underdog. Williams had one amateur MMA fight, and a smattering of boxing and kickboxing bouts. The match wasn’t made for Williams, but the reason you have a fight in MMA is because you never know who is going to win.

And Williams won bloody and big.

“I was a little bit nervous, but once I got in there, I’m really comfortable in the cage,” said Williams post-fight, as transcribed by Dann Stupp and Matt Erickson for MMAjunkie. “Like I’ve said before, that’s where I like to be.

” … After the first minute or two, I knew the game plan was going to work because she kept coming and doing the same thing. I just fell into a comfort zone and started staying with the game plan.”

 

Williams felt no hostility over the promotion’s media push for Hardy.

“I really didn’t have a chip on my shoulder,” said Williams. “I mean, I’m an amateur coming in. I was really grateful to get this fight, so I was just ready to prove myself.”

 

Bellator President Scott Coker was impressed.

“To have someone come out and perform the way she did under this scenario – having a crowed arena, live TV and fighting Heather Hardy – I think she did herself a lot of good as far as building her brand, building her name and building some great fights ahead for her,” he said.

“I don’t think you put her in the title mix, but you have to put her [against] someone who has a lot of potential. We’ll get her some more fights, see how she does, and then we’ll see how we do.”