Alejandra Lara takes on DeAnna Bennett at Bellator 266. The mixed martial arts broadcast transpires on Showtime and the show emanates from SAP Center in San Jose, California on Saturday, September 18th.
This main card flyweight fight is a consequential one for the 125-pound hierarchy going forward. A contest that was supposed to happen towards the end of July but was thereafter rescheduled for early Autumn.
Alejandra Lara is looking to return to the win column after a razor-thin split decision loss to Kana Watanabe at Bellator 255. The former Bellator MMA flyweight world championship contender looks to carve out a path back towards a sophomore Lara title bid.
She has been in there with the only two women to have ever held the Bellator flyweight belt, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Juliana Velasquez. Lara lost to them via third-round armbar and split decision, respectively.
I spoke with Lara at the pre-fight media day and the excerpt from our interaction is below.
I just noticed the picture on Instagram a couple of weeks back of you getting in work with Lupita Godinez.
I’m curious who you’ve predominantly worked with ahead of this fight here.
“Yeah, she was in Lobo Gym for a couple of weeks. It was amazing to say hi, to know her. And yeah, to share training. It’s very nice person.”
And just the last outing there, more of a space where there weren’t the fans in attendance. But Bellator kind of bringing the live fans back into the dynamic here.
What are your thoughts on the fans being reintegrated into the picture for this next fight here?
“I know everyone can expect for me a good show. I know I’m a very unorthodox fighter and I think I already still have that factor of surprise. It’s gonna be a great show. I promise.”
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