Following a convincing victory over Kim Couture in her first fight in 2011, Suzie “La China” Montero admittedly stepped into her second fight under less than perfect circumstances.
“I think I would have been more satisfied with the first one if I had finished it,” said Montero. “In the second one, I was not satisfied with the way it went down. I was not prepared for that fight; so it was to be expected.
“I didn’t have strength and conditioning, and I didn’t have a jiu-jitsu coach. It was just like ‘let’s go in there and fight,’ which was not wise.”
With her loss to Jessamyn Duke at Invicta FC 2 behind her, Montero corrected her mistakes and feels rejuvenated heading into her next fight against Pearl Gonzalez at XFC 22 on Friday live on AXS TV from Charlotte, N.C.
“I definitely believe that I’m a lot sharper in my striking; I’m faster and more explosive,” Montero told MMAWeekly.com. “My ground is pretty aggressive and my nutrition and physique is totally different than any time in my life.
“There’s really no comparison. It’s such a huge difference. I feel like a new person. I believe that I will be able to a whole different Suzie Montero when I fight at the XFC.”
When asked about her fight against Gonzalez, Montero feels that the fight could be the most entertaining on the card that night since neither her or her opponent have a tendency to back down, even though she would prefer to be more controlled in the fight.
“I think we’re going to be all over the place, I really do,” said Montero. “I believe we’re more aggressive and continuous than the gentlemen. The guys tend to take their time and feel each other out, but I’ve noticed that all the female fights once you say ‘go’ they go.
“I am a little older and I think that plays a role too. I think younger fighters are very aggressive and go for the kill, whereas older fighters are more laid back, pick our shots, and not so much like a young lion.”
After issues plagued her last year, Montero has made changes to hopefully turn 2013 into a more productive and rewarding year.
“My goal for this year was to be in the best shape I could be physically, mentally, emotionally, and perform to the best of my ability,” she said. “I want to try to get in two or three fights this year and go from there.
“Performance is very crucial to responses, to shows and fans; so I definitely want to go in there and give a great performance so I can continue on with my career.”