With ten days notice, Larkyn Dasch had to tell her boyfriend that their planned vacation to Nashville needed to wait, as the Hooters waitress/pro MMA fighter had to get to the Garden.
Dasch made her MMA pro debut in April, going the distance for the CLIP promotion in her native Michigan, is excited for the opportunity to compete under the Bellator banner for the first time, telling FIGHT SPORTS this week that she’s “not nervous at all.”
“I’m super excited that there’s no pressure at all for this fight, to give it everything I’ve got,” Dasch said regarding her chance to gain her first pro win against Valerie Loureda, who stopped Colby Fletcher in the first round of her pro debut at Bellator 216.
Loureda, an American Top Team prospect, feels she is the face of the next generation of women fighters in the sport, and is “honored” for that opportunity.
“I’m honored to be a part of (the rise of female fighters in MMA), and to I’m so honored to be a face of the new women coming up,” Loureda said to FIGHT SPORTS on Wednesday. “I’m really excited to see how I can influence and give back to the martial arts community.”
She first has to get past Dasch, who promised a war on the Bellator 222 undercard, who is glad she lost her first fight because it prepared her for war.
“I’m actually glad my debut as a pro went the way it did,” Dasch said of her loss earlier this year to Christina Ricker. “I went through an absolute war with an extremely good opponent, who I trained really hard for, and then lost in decision.”
“She hasn’t seen a war as a pro fighter, and she hasn’t seen three five-minute rounds as a pro fighter, and its different than three, three minute rounds (as an amateur), and I’m glad I got that experience out of the way… I know how it feels taking blows the whole time.”
When told this by FIGHT SPORTS, Loureda felt the need to educate Dasch.
“Excuse me, girl, but my amateur career, four fights all went the distance,” Loureda said on Wednesday. And I won every single round, five minutes each.
“I’m ready for anything, I’m ready for battle.”