After two years on the amateur circuit, featherweight newcomer Amber Leibrock made her successful pro debut at Invicta FC 13 in July of last year against Marina Shafir.
For Leibrock, making her transition to the pros at that time was a move that had been in the cards from the beginning. Thankfully, it turned out to be the right decision.
“I was very honored to get the fight with Marina,” said Leibrock. “She’s a well-known fighter, so for me to be able to make my pro debut like that against her was a big thing. I was very blessed and honored for the opportunity.
“I started fighting at a later age, so when we talked about the way my career was going to go and if I was going to take it all the way, the first opportunity to turn pro, we were going to take it. When I got the opportunity to do the Tuff-N-Uff tournament and get the pro contract it was a no-brainer.”
Leibrock is pleased her fight with Shafir lasted less than a minute. And while she had hoped she could learn from the performance had it been longer, she sees more of her progression in her training.
“Everything that happened in that fight – even though it was only 37 seconds – was something we trained for in the gym,” said Leibrock. “For it to unfold like it did, it made my camp and I very happy.
“It’s definitely been the training between fights where I’m able to gauge my progress and where I’m at, what to work on and where I need to go.”
“We’re both tall, both very long fighters, and both like to fight,” said Leibrock of Anderson. “We’re both stand-up fighters. I think it’s going to be Fight of the Night. If I go in there with my head straight and stick to the game plan, the fight will be mine all the way.”
Though she’s been a pro less than a year, Leibrock feels that if she stays her current course, she can be near the top of the featherweight division by the end of 2016.
“By the end of the year I would like to be in the Top 10 and close to title contention,” said Leibrock. “I want to make some big moves this year and fight as much as possible.
“I’m a big jiu-jitsu player, so I also have some goals there I want to accomplish, but my goal with MMA is to get to the top spot, and that’s where I’m going.”