SAN JOSE, Calif. – DeAnna Bennett’s night at Bellator 266 couldn’t enjoy long previous any larger.
The faded fighter had a remarkable career moment together with her dominant decision obtain over aged title challenger Alejandra Lara at Saturday’s Bellator 266 tournament at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Bennett (11-7-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) entered the bout on a 3-battle losing skid and in a rough patch that had her with most attention-grabbing two wins in her previous 10 fights. She used to be also competing for the principle time at SAP Center in the Bay Status, where she used to be born and raised.
The venue used to be crucial for her being a native, but in addition on tale of her father, who died of cancer in 2016, used to be a San Jose police officer who repeatedly labored as fragment of the safety crew of at venue for NHL games, stay reveals and MMA events.
“It’s been such a great night,” Bennett told reporters following her obtain. “I’ve had a range of of us be love, ‘Oh you’re peaceable doing this? Oh you’re peaceable struggling with?’ The truth is, a pair of hiccups aside, I no doubt feel love I’m in my high.
“Since discovering my coach in Novel Jersey and discovering the Killer Bee crew and Dante Rivera, since going there, I’m a particular fighter. They motivate me to be a greater fighter and they push me daily. I even enjoy what it takes to be at the top, and that’s what I seize away from today. I came in here towards the No. 5-ranked girl and I obtained my hand raised. I’m ready to kill it again. I desire to obtain to the top – for me, for my crew, and for my dad.
“His ultimate words to me – and he couldn’t string a sentence thanks to the brain tumor – however the words that he selected to me used to be, ‘Combat.’ He’d throw his hands up and roar, ‘Combat.’ He knew that’s what I needed to kill and what I used to be meant to kill. I desire to fulfill that and invent my capability to the top.”
Bennett didn’t lose a spherical towards Lara. She thinks she’s very worthy in comprise to compete towards the actual in Bellator despite being 36.
Bennett is gunning for the Bellator girls’s flyweight title and needs to work toward that. She’d love a rematch with Liz Carmouche, whom she lost to in her Bellator debut ultimate 365 days, but is aware of that will seemingly no longer attain next.
“I undoubtedly, undoubtedly seek for a rematch with Liz Carmouche ultimately,” Bennett stated. “No longer basically the next one. She’s had a pair of wins and I take note she’s rightfully the next in line for the title shot. I take note she deserves it for everything she’s finished and she’s a great competitor. Alejandra is No. 5. There’s (No.) 4, 3, 2, 1. There’s some stuff I want to seize care of earlier than I will be able to come again into the cage.”