As she prepares to challenge for BKFC's inaugural strawweight title, Britain "Hart" Beltran believes it's a chance for her to truly shine in what's really her more natural weight class.
Beltran has made a name for herself with epic clashes with the likes of Christine Ferea, Pearl Gonzales, Bec Rawlings and Paige VanZant, among others, but those have all been while competing at 125 pounds. On Sept. 10, Beltran will drop down a division to challenge Fani Peloumpi in the headlining bout of BKFC 29 in Great Falls, Mont.
"To be honest with you, it's a dream come true, and I think that's why I'm more excited about it," Beltran told MMA Underground. "I don't think a lot of people really realize and have given me my credit for fighting at 125 because that's not my weight class. Like when you watch back on the videos, you'll see like I'm 10 times smaller than like Paige, Christine, Rachael (Ostovich). You know, if the girls are shorter than me, it kind of helps. But you've got to look, they're having these muscular legs and really big glutes, and so I don't have that. Like I'm tall and skinny framed, and so my weight is always been, like in boxing, 118, so 125 has been always like a challenge, nut I never let it deter me.
"I always thought, well, I'm not going to have these power on these girls that are cutting from 135, 140. I'm not going to have power on them, but I do have speed and I can outthink and I can play chess with these girls, which is what I've proven and shown that I've done."
Check out the full interview above to hear Beltran recap her June win over Rawlings, explains whey she elected not to take planned time off when given a title opportunity, fighting a bit of an unknown commodity and much more.