Sarah Kaufman Looking To Rise Up the Ladder With UFC 174 Fight
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.14.2014
Kaufman has hopes for her fight with Leslie Smith...
Sarah Kaufman recently spoke with MMAjunkie about her fight with Leslie Smith at UFC 174. Check out the highlights:
On her hopes for the fight: "I would love for this win to push and propel me to fight on the Vancouver card. I want to have a strong win, get a knockout, put some money in my pocket, turn around into another fight camp and then fight in front of literally my home crowd in Vancouver."
On Smith being her third opponent for the card due to injuries: "I feel like it must be a new record. Two fights and five bout agreements seems insane. It is insane, especially over such a small time period. I've wanted to get my UFC career going for so long and I was the last person out of everyone to have my contract pulled over from Strikeforce, I was the last to fight. It was frustrating because I know I deserve to be in that cage and fighting these girls."
On having fought Smith before: "Having fought Leslie before alleviates some of the worry about not knowing what she'll bring to the table. If it was a total unknown there would be more anxiety there, but because we've scouted her before it's been good for me. I feel kind of at peace with myself and confident in my abilities. I always feel that way but more so for this fight because I've only been thinking about Leslie for a week. It's a good opportunity to get in there and do what I do."
On who she'd like to face next: "I'm not looking at anyone past Leslie. But I do think a fight with Miesha or Liz Carmouche, whoever wins that fight (at UFC on FOX 11), would be a great opponent. It would make sense in terms of the rankings and in terms of our standing with the UFC. I also have been pushing for a fight with Cat Zingano for a long time. I think she's great, I don't think she should be the No. 1 contender, especially coming off such a long layoff, so I think she should have a fight prior to getting a title shot and I would love to be the one who kind of steps over and gets that win and that title shot."