One of Danielle “Dynamite” Taylor’s goals when she decided to turn pro after a successful run as an amateur titleholder in King of the Cage was to duplicate that success and win a championship as a pro.
On Feb. 12 at KOTC: Short Fuse against Glena Avila, Taylor did just that.
After a rough-and-tumble five rounds, Taylor emerged victorious via split-decision and claimed the KOTC women’s 115-pound belt.
“I’m not going to lie; it was a very tough fight,” Taylor told MMAWeekly.com. “Glena was one of my toughest opponents so far. Thankfully my cardio was amazing and I overcame it.
“It feels amazing to win the first ever title at 115 pounds and be part of a great promotion. I love KOTC and have been with them for a while. I’m happy to be able to represent them as a champion.”
For Taylor, winning her first pro title is motivational and makes her want to compete even harder than before.
“I want that, I want a challenge, I want to push myself,” said Taylor. “Being a champion, I know people are going to want that belt, and I have to defend it. Bring it. I’m ready for it.”
While she is happy to have one title, Taylor feels she’s far from done collecting belts, as she’s looking to move down in weight and add a second to her collection.
“I think this is just one step,” she said. “My coaches want me to drop down to the 105-pound weight class. I feel that if I do that, I want that belt and want to represent that (division as champion) as well.
“I like to set little goals as I go along. I don’t want to overwhelm myself. When I set little goals, I usually achieve them. But, by the end of the year, I’m hoping to have another belt with KOTC.”