It would have been easy for featherweight Amanda “Lady Killer” Bell to have stepped away from the sport after suffering two losses in her first two pro fights. Instead, she hunkered down and with the help of an MMA veteran has gotten things back on track and is currently riding a three-fight winning streak.
“I started about a year ago at Animals MMA with Enoch Wilson and was kind of at a bad place in my head with a lot of psychological issues, a lot of stress and doubt I needed to get by,” said Bell. “I really reached out to him and told him that I wasn’t sure what my head was at, he was really able to help me out and get me to where I needed to be.
“We’re just focusing on each opponent individually as they come along, do what we need to do to get me ready for it and tapping into the arsenal of things that I’ve always known, but never harnessed.”
Bell told MMAWeekly.com that she’s now more at ease with being a professional fighter because of the changes she’s made.
“The anxiety of it all has started to dissipate,” she said. “The pre-fight rush happens like it probably does everybody, but I definitely feel a lot more content and comfortable when I get in the cage opposed to when I was an amateur.
“I saw potential that I could start to dominate and believe in myself. There’s a lot more acceptance I have about this as my career.”
“I always go in prepared to go three to five rounds, whatever I have to do, but always with the mentality to finish it and facilitate that win and get it done,” said Bell. “Don’t let it get to the judges, don’t let it bypass me, just get it done and leave no doubt.
“I’ve trained to take the fight anywhere it’s going to go. Whether it’s standing, in the clinch or on the ground, I’m working to dominate every angle.”
Should Bell defeat a former titlist like Van Duin, she feels it could be a big step in her overall goal to claim 145-pound gold.
“It’s definitely going to boost me as a contender for the featherweight championship,” said Bell. “Cyborg (Cris Justino) has that belt, but there’s a lot of speculation about her, so I’ll just wait for the results to come and if she still has the belt when it comes time for me to fight for it, I’ll fight her for it.
“At this point a victory in this fight is going to be a good start to the year and another step towards progressing to the title and get further in my career.”