Bellator MMA flyweight Emily Ducote speaks with MyMMANews.com about her upcoming Bellator 195 bout with Kristina Williams at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma taking place on March 2.
Ducote, (6-3) who challenged current Bellator MMA flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane for the inaugural title at Bellator 186 at Penn State in November, 2017, talked briefly about her grandmother being a driving force behind her journey into mixed martial arts.
She then turned her focus toward a question about training for a specific opponent. Her previous foe, MacFarlane is mostly a jiu-jitsu practitioner, while Williams defeated former pro boxing champion Heather Hardy on the feet in an MMA bout.
“No. That would give Kristina too much credit. I don’t train for people, for opponents. I train for myself and I have my own style. What I’ve been doing since the loss is sharpening it,” Ducote said.
“Fixing mistakes, adding my skills, things like that. While I’m aware of Kristina’s style and things like that, I don’t typically train for it because if I put her up too high, I bring myself down. I’m not thinking or so much worried on her as I am focusing on making myself better and readying myself for this fight.”
“She’s not going to be able to fight me with the same style that she beat Heather with,” Ducote said.
Ducote has racked up four wins since arriving in Bellator, holding victories over Bruna Vargas, Kenya Miranda, Katy Collins, and Jessica Middleton. Her sole losses with the organization are both to MacFarlane. The 125-pound fighter states that she wants to stay active and fight as much as possible, taking on whomever is thrown her way and that rankings are not something that are on her mind.