2014 is shaping up to be a big year for women’s 115-pound prospect Jocelyn “Lights Out” Lybarger.
A selection as an alternate for The Ultimate Fighter 20, Lybarger rebounded off her only career loss with a unanimous decision victory over Rose Acevedo at RFA 14 in April.
“It was a good fight for me,” Lybarger told MMAWeekly.com. “I should have finished it. To be honest, I took it slow in the third round.
“I’ve just got to keep working on my footwork, my foot movement with my hands and things like that. We worked on finishing and not just riding out a decision.”
Not only is Lybarger happy to return to her winning ways, she feels her near inclusion on TUF 20 is a positive sign for her career.
“20 girls got picked to stay the whole week and eight were chosen with two alternates, so to be in their top 10 says something,” said Lybarger. “I’m not mad that I didn’t make it. To be an alternate shows me that I’m going in the right direction.
“I know I’m going to get the call and that it’s going to come soon. I’ve just got to keep training my ass off and keep winning; that’s the main thing.”
“From what I’ve seen she has some good hands, but I’m known for my stand-up too,” said Lybarger of Ruth. “I’ll keep it standing and put her on her back where she’s very uncomfortable.
“She’s not going to be ready for me. She’s not going to be able to keep up. This is what I do – I eat, breathe and train MMA – this is my full-time job and no one is going to come into the RFA cage and take this from me at all.”
With her career going in the right direction, Lybarger seeks to make her bout with Ruth the springboard to her next goal winning a title.
“Like I told the RFA, I’m going to be the first belt holder at 115 pounds for them,” said Lybarger. “That’s my goal coming out of this. They’ll just keep inviting the girls in and I’ll take care of them in there.”