Women’s 115-pound up-and-comer Rebecca “Becky” Ruth is quickly establishing herself as a promising fighter her first year in the sport.
Looking back on 2014, Ruth couldn’t be happier with the way things are turning out so far.
“I had my pro MMA debut earlier this year in April and that lasted 17 seconds with a knockout, so that went really well for me,” Ruth told MMAWeekly.com. “Then I had another one in July that went about 3:30 into the first round with a knockout also; so far 2014 has been really good for me.”
Having only spent less than four minutes of total time in the cage during her pro career, Ruth feels that she has to gauge her development in training.
“I train for a full-on 15-minute fight, even though at times it feels like I’m training for five rounds, because it’s pretty intense and goes on for a long time,” she said. “It’s well worth it. I definitely train for longevity.
“I still have a lot to learn. I don’t think there’s a fighter out there that doesn’t think there’s more to learn and evolve. I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m feeling pretty confident.”
“I have to go out and be me and I have to fight my fight,” said Ruth. “With that being said, I’ve studied a lot of Jocelyn’s tapes and she’s going to be a very strong opponent.
“She has gone the distance in just about every fight that she’s had, so she’s obviously in very good shape. She doesn’t have a problem with stand-up or on the ground, so that leads me to have to work on everything.”
Having fought locally in the St. Louis area, for Ruth to make her national debut on RFA, she couldn’t be happier.
“I’ve worked hard and I definitely think I’ve earned it,” she said. “I haven’t had the big visibility fights on TV or anything like that, so for the RFA to look at me and say that I’m ready, that means a lot to me.”
With the UFC’s 115-pound division close to crowning its first champion at the end of TUF 20, the winner of Ruth’s fight with Lybarger could find themselves in the mix sooner than later, but that’s not her focus at this time.
“Those thoughts do cross my mind, but I try not to get too excited or try to feel too much pressure,” said Ruth. “My main thought is this fight on Friday and getting it under my belt and see what happens after that.”