Initially signed during a transition period for Invicta, Brown had to be patient before making her debut in late 2014.
“It was tough getting into the groove and having consistent fights because they were making changes with the matchmaker and getting the deal with UFC Fight Pass, so I had to wait a while before I could fight,” Brown told MMAWeekly.com. “Since then I’ve been fighting more consistent and it’s great to see my hard work pay off.”
While Brown was able to maintain patience before finally stepping into the cage for Invicta, that didn’t mean the time was easy.
“I knew that if I kept working at it that it would come around eventually,” said Brown. “It’s a little un-motivating at times, so I’m lucky to have people around me at all times that keep me going. I knew eventually it would come. So I spent that time just staying ready until they gave me that call.”
Since her debut, Brown has excelled, winning three straight bouts for the company in increasingly quicker fashion, including her victory over Shino VanHoose in January.
“I was originally supposed to face Lisa Ellis, but she got sick, so I got a late replacement in Shino VanHoose, and I didn’t know much about her or how she would come out, so I was more focused on what I was going to do,” said Brown.
“I had already closed out my training camp, so I was mainly focused on myself and what I was going to do in there, so it didn’t matter who they put in front of me. I feel like I did well and submitted her in two-and-a-half minutes, so it worked out.”
While Brown (6-1) would like to win her upcoming 105-pound title challenge against Ayaka Hamasaki (12-1) on Friday in Las Vegas in similarly quick fashion, she feels it will be a much tougher haul to claim the belt.
“I don’t think it will go that quick,” said Brown. “Ayaka is tough. She’s been fighting a long time. It’d be awesome if it ended that fast, but I’m ready to go a full five rounds if need be.
“My coaches are really smart and they’ve watched a lot (of Ayaka’s footage) and they see all the holes, and we’ve been working on everything. I’ll capitalize on everything she gives me. I have much respect for her, but I know I can beat this girl.”
While capturing the Invicta title is the ultimate goal for Brown, she’s not going to let the pressure of the situation get to her, but instead focus on the fight itself this Friday night.
“The belt is much more motivating, and it’s good to see my hard work pay off and get that title shot, but then again, it is like any other fight,” said Brown. “I like to think of every fight I go into as the fight of my life. I train hard for everyone. There’s no pressure. I’m just excited to go out there and fight.”