Interview with Jillian DeCoursey above
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Invicta FC 47, Jillian “Lionheart” DeCoursey will be battling Lindsey VanZandt in a rematch from their amateur days.
DeCoursey and VanZandt will compete on the main card, which will be streaming live on Invicta FC’s YouTube Channel. DeCoursey (4-3) and VanZandt (7-5) both have reached a pivotal point in their professional careers. A win can catapult either contender into championship projection and a loss could make it that much harder for a climb to the top of the all-female mixed martial arts promotion’s 105-pound ladder.
The main event for Invicta FC 47 is between two strawweight fighters, Emily Ducote (10-6) and Alesha Zappitella (9-3), competing for the championship belt.
This past Friday night, the Long Island MMA Strawweight DeCoursey, joined Carroll’s Corner MMA Podcast to speak about her return to the cage after an 11-month layoff.
DeCoursey mentioned in an Instagram story about her excitement for this May 11 fight. I talked with the atomweight fighter about her health and mental focus for this rematch. DeCoursey informed us in the interview that this has been a fight they have been trying to fix for a while. Fans should be pumped to know both fighters will be entering the match with full camps.
In their first match-up in 2016, while competing as amateurs, DeCoursey controlled the majority of the fight though it was a back-and-forth action-packed amateur title fight. Near the end of the third and final round, VanZandt snag a submission attempt against DeCoursey which lifted the entire venue out of their seats. The final bell rang before VanZandt could get the finish. DeCoursey went on to win the bout via unanimous decision.
Above is the first fight between the two ladies. As you can see the pace is relentless and we can only speculate that the second fight will include a battle that will last up to the final horn.
Watch the entire Carroll’s Corner MMA Podcast interview with Jillian DeCoursey (at the top of the page) to hear her speak about balancing two careers, personal life, thoughts on Women’s MMA, advice for newcomers, and much more.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).