UFC women’s bantamweight fighter Jessica-Rose Clark revealed that performance anxiety contributed to her recent UFC Vegas 48 loss.
Clark was taken down and submitted by Stephanie Egger in the first round of their fight at last Saturday’s UFC Vegas 48 card. For Clark, she was entering the fight with a ton of momentum after having won her last two fights against Sarah Alpar and Joselyne Edwards. However, she saw her win streak snapped with the first-round defeat to Egger. It was a disappointing performance by Clark, who after the fight has now admitted that performance anxiety played a big role in her loss, and her recent performances overall.
Taking to her social media, Clark explained how she is feeling following this submission loss to Egger.
“Obviously, I f*cked up on Saturday night. I’m super gutted, there’s something that’s going on, like a bit of performance anxiety that I have experienced in the last couple of fights. I’m fortunate that in the fights leading up to this win it worked out. Our game plan for this one was not to clinch at all, not clinch for a second. I don’t know how I ended up there, I don’t know, my brain shut off and my body went into autopilot. That’s her game, she’s fucking amazing at it, when she hit that second hip toss it rocked me pretty hard,” Clark said (via BJPenn.com).
“She’s incredible at the things she does, it’s obviously unfortunate for me that my autopilot was to go in and clinch and give her what she needed. I’m super disappointed, I’m pretty heartbroken about that. I had the best camp I have ever had, my body felt amazing. One little injury happened before the fight that did impede things a little bit but I felt great mentally, I felt incredible. I really thought this performance anxiety thing wouldn’t happen and how confident in my preparation I was. This is a tough sport for a reason.”
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