Following a strong performance in the first round of her bout with Marianna Kheyfets in February, a doctor stoppage was issued because Clark sustained a severely swollen right eye, ending the bout in a TKO.
“I’m still really mad about the Marianna fight because I felt I could keep going,” Clark said. “They should have made it a no contest because I was winning on the scorecards, and the fact that they never found the strike that made my eye swell like that makes me frustrated, but I’m trying to move on from that.
“I should have been more aggressive from the start of it. I was a little bit gun shy and a little bit too patient. I learned a lot from it and I realized that I had to go out there and do my thing like I had in my previous fights.”
Clark rebounded by submitting Avery Vilche in June, setting up a feature bout with newcomer Stephanie Eggink at XFC 21 on Dec. 7 in Nashville, Tenn. The fight is slated to air live on AXS TV.
“I’m not so much focusing on (Eggink), but on myself and what I need to do to make myself better and a well-rounded fighter,” said Clark.
“MMA is growing every day, and the ones that are on top are the ones who are well-rounded, it’s the ones that can be ready for anything, so for this fight it’s just more about working on perfecting my skills than worry about hers.”
Staying with what she learned in her fight with Kheyfets, Clark intends to be aggressive right from the start.
“I’m going to in there to fight my fight and put (Eggink) in a place that I want to put her in,” Clark told MMAWeekly.com. “Whatever she tries to do, I want to nullify it, counter her, bring it to her and break her will.
“I go into every fight to try to finish.”
Having built up a good winning streak prior to her loss earlier this year, Clark is intent on not only getting back the momentum she had lost, but to also push herself to even greater heights in 2013.
“I plan on not becoming a Top 10 fighter like I was, but this upcoming year I want to get into the Top 5 of the weight class and get some opportunities to fight the top one or two fighters at the weight in the world,” said Clark.
“I have big goals, and I feel that I didn’t change my whole lifestyle and move to Albuquerque (N.M.) three and a half years ago for nothing. I have this dream and I’m set to make it happen and I won’t stop until I do.”
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