|Scott Hirano, Invicta FC|
Tonight the #4 ranked atomweight in the world, Amber Brown, will be stepping into the Invicta cage for the first time. Amber somewhat came out of nowhere in 2013, when she stepped up to fight Emi Fujino on late notice in a heavier division. When I spoke to her then, she told me to expect a war. She was right. In a losing effort, Amber bloodied Fujino and came close to finishing the fight. Two months later, she fought Kikuyo Ishikawa. In the top 5, Kikuyo was a tough opponent for anyone. Amber wore her down with strikes and big knees and in the end set up a fight ending armbar. That fight was in July of last year and Amber hasn’t fought since. She’s going to be stepping into the cage with Liz McCarthy tonight in what promises to be an exciting match. Before her fight, I had the opportunity to talk to her;
|Brown mounted Fujino|
CJ: Your last fight was an impressive victory over then ranked Kikuyo Ishikawa, but that was more than a year ago. How have you improved since then?
AB: I’m not even the same fighter that fought Kikuyo, I’ve been in the gym working on everything. I’ll be a different fighter, they might expect the same fighter, but it has been a long time and I’ve been training.
CJ: That was a great fight, can you talk about that fight?
AB: It was awesome, she was ranked number 5, I came in and got the armbar. It was amazing. I don’t even know if I was ranked in the top 30 at the time, so to go out and win like that was amazing.
CJ: Since it’s been awhile since your last fight, what should people expect to see?
AB: I’m going to be aggressive, forward pressure in her face, she should expect the knees, maybe go to the body more, I wanted to do that against Kikuyo but I really wanted to hit her in the head. I’m a lot better at everything now, everything has come a long way.
CJ: What does a win tomorrow night do for you?
AB: I’m looking for the title of course, I feel like a couple more wins will get me a title shot.
CJ: Who do you think would be a good match to get you closer?
AB: Jodie (Esquibel), she’s up there and had a good win in her last fight/
CJ: How do you see a fight with the champ going?
AB: She’s a pretty good striker, her kicks are her thing but I’d take her down and beat her up.
AB: I am ready, so ready, I finally get to fight, It’s been a long time. I want to thank all my coaches that have helped me prepare over the past 15 months.
I'd lik to thank Amber for taking the time to speak with me.
You can watch her fight tonight on UFC Fightpass for Invicta FC 9