McGill, who defeated Maegen Goodwin in her promotional debut in November of 2014, went into the bout with an injury and soon after had surgery to repair it. Since then she’s been in recovery while awaiting her MMA return.
“After my debut, I had ACL surgery the very next month, and since it was the second surgery I had, I was out a whole year instead of the usual six months (recovery time),” McGill told MMAWeekly.com. I was just out rehabbing and trying to get better.
Having known about the injury prior to the fight with Goodwin, McGill knew she’d be out a while, but that doesn’t mean it made the time off any easier.
“I was definitely prepared for it and feel I used the time pretty wisely,” said McGill. “I was still in the gym as much as I could be and doing what I could. I feel like it benefitted me, but it definitely sucked as well.”
McGill (2-0) will make her long-awaited Invicta return this Friday in Las Vegas against fellow up-and-comer Aspen Ladd (2-0) in a main card 135-pound showdown.
“Aspen is local to where I live, so I definitely knew who she was and what she was about long before this bout presented itself,” said McGill. “I know she has strong jiu-jitsu and strong stand-up, but I do as well, and I feel like I’m ahead of her at this point, so regardless of where this fight goes, I’ll get the win.”
After having been out of action for so long, McGill is primed to have a busy 2016 as long as she remains healthy.
“I definitely want to have two or three more fights this year, and if I could fight four times that would be awesome,” said McGill.
“I know there are a lot of girls that fight for Invicta that have to rotate through the system, but since I was out a year, it might be easier to put me back in because other girls had a chance to fight when I didn’t. I have no idea who I’d want to fight yet, because I’m focused on the fight in front of me.”
(Photo courtesy of Invicta FC and Esther Lin)