Phillips-Dudieva First UFC Women’s Fight In China


Elizabeth PhillipsMACAO, China – The UFC will bring China a fight in the women’s division for the first time as Elizabeth Phillips faces Milana Dudieva in UFC Fight Night in Macao, China this Saturday. Phillips lost her UFC debut in a controversial split decision to Valerie Letourneau at UFC 174 in June, a fight many thought she won, that has come to epitomize what this year has meant for her career.

Phillips was interviewed by Thomas Gerbasi on the eve of her historic fight this weekend. The Spokane, Washington native was disappointed in her performance at UFC 174 because, “I didn’t get to prove myself as much as I wanted to.”

However, the rest of the mixed martial arts community views the fight differently. Instead of disappointment, Phillips instead opened a lot of eyes to the level of talent she brings to the octagon that is merely a glimpse of what could be ahead in her career.

“There are athletes out there that come into MMA but I truly don’t believe that everybody is a fighter. It comes with instinct and heart and your attitude,” said Phillips, “Even when you’re losing and you’re tired and you’re hurt, it’s how you handle it. You can’t teach that, and I don’t think everybody has it. Some people have it and some people don’t.”

Phillips recalls what it was like to have to be a fighter early on, “It was crazy. I was getting in fights all the time when I was younger,” said the 28-year-old fighter, “If you had a problem with somebody, you threw fists at each other and you handled it that way.”

“I’m just thankful that I had people that pointed me in that direction of martial arts,” Phillips said as she described her way out of trouble, “I fell in love with it.”

Now, Phillips keeps working hard for the release of victory, “at the end of the day and after you get  that victory there are moments where it’s definitely worth it, and it reminds you why you do it.”

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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