by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
After an explosion into the mainstream just a few years ago for women’s MMA, it seems that the genre has lost a bit of steam of late.
In order to help revitalize women’s MMA with an influx of up and coming talent, Colorado’s Ring of Fire is set to see the return of one of its top female fighters as Cat Albert steps back into the cage to headline this Saturday’s show.
“I’m feeling really confident,” Albert told MMAWeekly.com of her ROF return. “I haven’t taken any shortcuts; I’ve been working really hard and training for every possible competitor that could be put in my way.
“I feel super-prepared and I’m ready for fight time.”
After returning to MMA for the first time in nearly a year this past January, Albert says that all the issues she had to deal with in her time off have helped make her a better person and fighter.
“Really with all the health issues I had I was really confused whether or not I was going to be able to do all this stuff again,” she admitted. “I made it through and prospered, and having had experience, it’s gotten me to realize how much more of an actual athlete I am.
“I’m having a really good time figuring out how my body works, how to diet, exercise, running, cardio, and how they are all starting to fit for me.”
Originally scheduled to face Christina Marks in a 125-pound title showdown, Albert will now face off against Rich Clemente product Ivana Coleman.
When asked if the late change in opponent will affect Albert in any way, she replied, “Not at all. I don’t train for my opponents; they train for me.
“I always think about what I’m going to do and it never crosses my mind what they’re going to do until we get in there and bang.”
With Strikeforce committing to titles at 145 and 135 pounds for female fighters, it is possible they may also establish a belt at 125. In addition, Bellator FC is preparing to welcome in the women’s MMA on their upcoming season.
With both promotions showing a willingness to push female fighters, Albert feels her time to shine on a national spotlight could come sooner than later.
“I am excited to represent for whatever company wants to bring me up,” she said. “I feel I have a lot to show at 125 pounds and I’m really excited to present that to the fans.
“Whatever gets put in front of me, I trust my coaches to be able to decide that and train me for me. Any of those bigger names, I would absolutely love to fight them.”
Having established herself in Colorado as a fighter to watch, and having put behind her the problems that had plagued her in the past, Albert’s may very well be Ring of Fire’s next breakthrough star.
“I want to thank Zingano Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai of Colorado, Green Mountain Care, Temple Fightwear and Full Tilt Poker,” concluded Albert. “Come watch me rip it up Saturday night. I’m bringing my very best and I hope everybody has a great time.”