Though she picked up her third straight win with Invicta FC in February over Norma Rueda Center, undefeated standout DeAnna “Argentine Assassin” Bennett is not pleased with her unanimous decision performance.
“That fight was probably one of my weakest performances,” Bennett told MMAWeekly.com. “I felt physically capable in there, but mentally I was stressed out and not there or mentally prepared to fight.
“Basically I fought not to lose, instead of fighting to win. I’m really disappointed with myself with that performance.”
Knowing what her problem was, Bennett has worked hard to remedy the situation over the last several months.
“What I’ve been doing on my end is working the mental (aspect of the game),” said Bennett. “What my goals are, what I’m doing to get there, and focusing on the things to make sure what happened last time doesn’t happen again.”
Along with sharpening her mental approach, Bennett works to be a different fighter each time out so that she can’t be easily scouted.
“My coach is always trying to find what we need at practices to be a well-rounded fighter,” she said. “Instead of doing a routine, we switch it up at practices so we can be those kind of fighters.
“It’s one of those things where you think you’re doing well, but you know that you can do better, so you re-tool your entire game and start from the beginning again to learn everything over. I’ve definitely worked on restructuring myself as a fighting and bringing out the absolute best fighter I can be.”
“I definitely respect her as a fighter and a person,” Bennett said of Kankaanpaa. “I know she’s a tough fighter and does not give up at all. She’s pretty well-rounded with everything.
“She was actually one of the top fighters I wanted because I knew she’d be a challenge for me. After my last performance, I wanted someone who’d challenge me and force me to be the best fighter I can be to pull off the win.”
For Bennett, a win over Kankaanpaa could be just the thing she needs to work towards a title shot in the near future.
“I’m trying to get there just like everyone, because you want to be the best, and she was the beltholder and is one of the toughest fighters in the division, so getting a win over her I definitely think will bring me into title contention.”
(Photo courtesy of Esther Lin/Invicta FC)