Though she’s just turning pro following a year in the amateur ranks, female 115-pound fighter Kali Robbins already has high expectations surrounding her.
Coming from Roufusport, one of MMA’s most successful teams, Robbins knows she has a lot to live up to. Roufusport also includes the likes of UFC champion Anthony Pettis and ONE Championship titleholder Ben Askren. Thankfully, Robbins is more than ready for the challenge.
“The way I see pressure, it’s a privilege,” Robins told MMAWeekly.com. “The more pressure, the better I am.
“I come from a gym that is known for having a UFC champion and a handful of other really talented fighters, and is sought after. I definitely want to show where I come from and represent my team.”
“It’s unexpected and awesome,” said Robbins. “Women’s MMA has people really excited right now. I’m a really explosive fighter. My first fight was over in a minute and I hope to do it again. It’s awesome that people are watching and paying attention.”
Going into Friday night, Robbins is more focused on what she has to do rather than what Ward brings to the fight.
“I’m not even concerned with what she’s doing or what her game plan is,” Robbins said of Ward. “I will do exactly what I do a couple times a day in training. There is no plan other than to continue to be myself and do what I’m best at.
“Hopefully. I can bring it to the mat. I always love a submission win. I love jiu-jitsu, but if I had to stand up, I’ll stand; if I have to wrestle, I’ll wrestle. I don’t care what I need to do to win.”
Having seen what the RFA has done for teammates of hers, Robbins is looking forward to being a part of the company and seeing where she can take things in 2015.
“I feel like a major opportunity dropped in my lap and I’m very grateful for it,” she said. “I’m excited to work with the RFA. I’m excited for my future in general.
“People are paying attention to women’s MMA right now, and I think looking back on this year later, I can say it was an awesome experience to be part of the women’s movement.”
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