In getting an opportunity to step up into Invicta FC this year, flyweight prospect DeAnna “Argentine Assassin” Bennett worked as hard as she could to ensure her debut would go successfully, and it did.
Facing veteran Michelle Ould at Invicta 8 in September, Bennett put on one of the evening’s strongest performances, scoring a TKO stoppage in the second round of the fight.
Admittedly, considering her nerves before the bout, things could have gone differently, but with her support group around her, Bennett was able to have a successful debut.
“I was really nervous going into it because Invicta is this great organization that I had dreamed of fighting for,” Bennett told MMAWeekly.com. “And so I had those pre-fight jitters, but I have an amazing coaching staff and team supporting me, so they helped me hone my skills for the fight with Michelle.
“I had a lot of people saying that they were quite happy with how I performed and that it was a great fight. Me, personally, I see the things that I do wrong. But my coaches and everyone were really happy and pleased with my performance.”
Bennett (5-0) will return to Invicta this Friday in Houston to take on another veteran in Jennifer Maia (9-3-1) in a feature 125-pound bout.
“I’m really excited for this fight with Jennifer,” said Bennett. “She’s a really tough opponent. She’s had over twice the fights that I’ve had. She’s really experienced. She’s fought a lot of people in the flyweight division.
“Obviously she’s got the experience on me, but I’ve been fine-tuning everything. It’s not one thing specifically, but I’m working on being well-rounded and tightening up my game, so no matter what she brings, I’m ready for it.”
With back-to-back wins in Invicta, Bennett could position herself to face the best in Invicta’s 125-pound division and have a bigger year in 2015 than she had this year.
“Obviously it’s up to Shannon (Knapp, Owner) and Julie (Kedzie, Matchmaker) to who they want for me, but a win over Jennifer definitely puts me into title contendership and I’ll do my best to make that my possibility.
“My coach said this year would be my year and big things will happen, and it all has. So I want to continue with that in 2015 and take it as far as I can.”