It’s been a year since Stephanie “Snowflake” Eggink captured the XFC women’s strawweight championship against current The Ultimate Fighter castmember Angela Magana.
And while the time off has helped Eggink develop as a fighter, it wasn’t exactly her idea to take such a long break from active competition.
“I had some time off for a couple of reasons,” said Eggink. “First, there were some issues with the XFC and what was happening to them. They kind of moved (their focus) to South America and I wasn’t too ecstatic about that. Second, I was in medic school and that was the priority.
“I haven’t stopped training. I haven’t had any injuries or anything. I don’t have any ring rust because I stayed active the whole time.”
Eggink’s patience will be rewarded as she will make her return to MMA this Saturday night at Invicta FC 8 in Kansas City for the promotion’s vacant 125-pound title.
“I was actually in Mexico for my sister’s wedding when they told me about it and I’d been partying it up quite a bit, but I was ecstatic,” said Eggink. “I’ve wanted to fight in Invicta since it came about, and have always wanted to fight the best.
“I was a little shocked it was a title fight, but having just won a title I was a good candidate for it.”
Eggink (4-1) will be taking on promotional vet Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpaa (9-1-1) in what could be the evening’s most intriguing match-up.
“She is definitely the toughest opponent I’ve faced so far,” said Eggink of Kankaanpaa. “She’s very strong on the ground and her wrestling is very good. In all the fights I’ve watched of her, I haven’t seen her get tired really, so I know she’s going to be relentless in trying to get the takedown.
“I think it will be a Fight of the Night kind of fight because our styles are so different. Good footwork and good striking is what I think will give me the win.”
For Eggink, taking the Invicta strawweight championship will not only add to her already impressive resume, but will help give her a solid base to build the next chapter on her career on.
“Having two belts in two large promotions raises my stock substantially,” said Eggink. “Everyone wants to be in the UFC, but I’ve seen how Invicta treats their fighters, and they treat them very well.
“It’s going to open up doors for me, but I’m not looking to jump to the UFC so quickly. I’ve only had five fights, so I have plenty of time to better my skills and get more experience.”