For Australian native Megan Anderson, her first round TKO win this past April over Amanda Bell was a big step for her career not only in terms of moving up the Invicta FC ranks, but also in helping establish herself as a top fighter in the 145-pound division in all of MMA.
“The game plan pretty much thought how we thought it would the whole fight,” Anderson told MMAWeekly.com. “We knew (Bell) was an emotional fighter and we thought we’d be able to play that to our advantage. We just stayed super-long and used the distance, and managed to come away with the win.
“Particularly as somebody who is not from America coming into an organization such as Invicta, to be able to get momentum is pretty important. We didn’t really start here and weren’t established in MMA in America, so it is important to build momentum and go up the ladder.”
“Peggy does have a well-known name having been on The Ultimate Fighter series and having been around the sport for a long time,” said Anderson. “She’s tough and has been known to take a lot of punishment, but I don’t see it going any other way (than a win for me).
“She’s never come up against another featherweight as big as me or as strong as I am or who hits as hard. The pressure that we’re going to put on her is nothing like she’s ever felt before, and I think she’ll crack pretty quickly, and I see it being finished in the first or maybe second round.”
Normally, at six feet tall, Anderson has a clear height and reach advantage over her opponents. But against Morgan, she’ll be facing an equally tall and long fighter. Still, Anderson doesn’t believe the similarities in length will matter in the fight.
“I have training partners who are taller than me that I spar with every day, so it doesn’t really affect the game plan,” Anderson said. “I’m a fighter who fights super-long, and Peggy isn’t. I’m a fighter who fights long with power, and Peggy might be tall, but she doesn’t have that killer instinct that I do.”
On the July 29 show, the only fighter Anderson has lost to in Invicta, Cindy Dandois, will also be on the card. Anderson admits she’ll have an interest in Dandois’ fight, but is open to facing any opponent in 2016 as long as it helps her continue to develop as a fighter.
“I’m happy to fight whoever Invicta wants me to fight, so I’d gladly take that fight again,” said Anderson. “(Dandois and I) both know that was a fluke win (for her). I think she knows if we fought again it would be a very, very different ending.
“I’m happy to take whatever they give me to keep building myself, keep improving. I’m still learning. Every day and every fight I’m getting better and better, so I’m happy to go along with whatever they have planned for me.”