While strawweight Amy Cadwell Montenegro might not have had as much time as she would have liked heading into her Invicta FC debut in February, she was able to rise to the occasion and get a unanimous decision win over Brianna Van Buren.
“We heard about it exactly five weeks from the date, and for a fight of that profile you really want a full camp, but it was too good an opportunity to pass up,” Montenegro told MMAWeekly.com. “For the time we had in, it turned out successful.
“I feel I performed well and did all the things I wanted to do. I got the win and impose my will and overcome a lot of things in that fight, so I feel good about it.”
Montenegro performed well enough against Van Buren that she was invited to participate in Invicta’s biggest event to date, when they head to Las Vegas for their first ever show in the mecca of MMA.
“The Vegas show is going to be a lot of exposure. It’s a big deal to Invicta, it’s a big week, so I’m really looking forward to it and I’m excited,” said Montenegro. “Of course, we know all the UFC bigwigs are going to be there, but once I get there it’s all about my opponent and I’m just going to be me.”
“She won a Tuff-N-Uff tournament to get her Invicta contract, so I know she’s tough,” Montenegro said of Moyle. “She’s very well-rounded, aggressive, and she pushes the pace and is good at taking the fight where she wants it to go, so it’s definitely a tough fight.
“I think the fans are going to be in for a treat because I think we’re going to put on a show and it’s going to be fun to watch.”
On the biggest stage she’s fought on yet, Montenegro could make big strides in her career with a win on July 9, but for now, her attention is firmly affixed on Moyle and nothing else.
“I’ve just got to take things one fight at a time,” said Montenegro. “I’m just focusing on getting the win and then look at things from there. I’ll be at 7-1 and I’ll either continue to rise up the ranks in Invicta, or get the UFC call, but we’re focusing on this fight for now.”