Alexis Dufresne is Looking for a Battle in Her UFC Debut
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.13.2014
“I don’t want a 30-second finish.”
New UFC women's bantamweight fighter Alexis Dufresne recently talked about her upcoming UFC debut Dufresne is set to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale against Sarah Moras. Below are some highlights.
Dufresne on how she got started in BJJ: "I had ridden dirt bikes for quite a few years, and I kind of wanted to try something else to keep in shape. So I went with one of my high school friends when I was 18 to Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to try it out, and I ended up falling in love with it, kind of making dirt bikes my second sport. That's basically my main thing. I've won the worlds five times. I won Pan Ams four times, nationals a few times. Jiu-jitsu is kind of where I came from."
Dufresne on her philosophy of fighting: "I kind of wanted to test my jiu-jitsu against MMA. I never wanted to be the kind of person that just pulls guard and then gets punched in the face, so I wanted to kind of transition and make my jiu-jitsu effective for MMA. You know, if you get in a street fight or whatever, I need to be able to be on top and protect myself. Plus, I always like a challenge, so I thought it would be fun. I had done well with jiu-jitsu, so I thought I would give it a shot. I fell in love with MMA right away. I might be weird, but I kind of like getting punched in the face. Of course I like punching other people even more. It's cool. I like it."
Dufresne on what she's looking for in her UFC debut: "I don't want a 30-second finish. I want a battle. I'm fighting because I love the art of war. I love the art of battle. I love enduring it. I don't go into the cage and wait for the time to finish. Win or lose it's not about that to me. I love what I do so just being in the cage and fighting. Maybe it's slight stupidity. I'm not sure what it is, but I've always had it. Even when I was riding dirt bikes, I have that competitive nature. I just want to win."
Dufresne on proving herself: "I feel like right now it's about proving myself. I don't want to stand there and say, ‘Oh, I can compete with the best. I can do this or that.' I know that everyone else is putting in the time and working just as hard as I am, so I feel like it would be disrespectful to jump in there and think that I'm the best right away, but I'm definitely not going to stop until I do reach the top. I'm just going to fight my best and put on a show. Whatever happens, happens, but I'll make sure it's an entertaining fight."