The past couple years have not gone well for Peggy “Daywalker” Morgan.
Following wins in her first two bouts, Morgan had an unsuccessful run on The Ultimate Fighter 18 in 2013, which saw her suffer the first loss of her career, and then she dropped her first Invicta FC fight last September.
Since then, Morgan has been able to rebound with a win in her last fight in December against Andria Wawro at Invicta 10, but still she feels she’s not quite where she could be in her career.
“I had a rough run of it in the beginning of last year, being on the shelf so long after (TUF),” Morgan told MMAWeekly.com. “Going in against Irene (Aldana) was a lot tougher than anyone thought. She was an unknown, so it was hard to gauge, and she was a lot more explosive than I expected her to be.
“The fight against Andria was more to refocus myself and get back on track. I was obviously glad I won, but I wasn’t happy with my performance in that fight.”
Having been fairly busy in the first year of her career in the amateur ranks and pros, Morgan has had long stretches between her last several fights.
“I am not happy with the long layoffs,” she said. “I think a lot of the growth comes from having fight camps, then having the fights and going out and testing yourself. I think I’ve definitely I’ve grown because I’ve been training, but I think the growth would have been greater if I would have had more fights.”
“She’s clearly a good striker who is fairly explosive, so I know her plan going into this is that she’s trying to knock me out,” said Morgan of Walker.
“I don’t think she has anything else other than striking. She has some striking and ground game, but I feel I’m a lot stronger on the ground. Honestly, I feel like I can stand with her, so I’m really not scared of her anywhere.”
For Morgan, a win over Walker could be an opportunity to be more recognized as a fighter who can make waves Invicta moving forward.
“Latoya is ranked pretty high, so I feel like beating her will put me in the Top 10,” said Morgan. “I would really like to finish this fight. Not just career-wise, but for me psychologically going forward. I feel it’s something I can do and should be doing.
“I would like to show in this fight that I’m the fighter that I can be, which I haven’t shown in the past few years.”