Thailand's Women's UFC Fighting Star Prepares for Vegas Battle


Thailand’s Women’s UFC Fighting Star Prepares for Vegas Battle



Rising Women’s UFC fighting star Loma Lookboonmee will return to the Octagon to face Mexico’s Lupita “Loopy” Godinez (6-2) at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 198 in Las Vegas.

With each fight in the UFC so far, Loma Lookboonmee has grown in terms of the skillset. There were four takedowns last time – on her way to a unanimous decision win over American Sam Hughes (5-3) in May – as well as the signature power in the clinch, and the elbows, that took her to the very top of Muay Thai.

But Loma believes there remains plenty of work still to do, as she expands her repertoire from its stand-up base.

“I wasn’t that impressed,” Loma said of her last win. “I was just thinking too much, and I was hesitating, but that has definitely made me train a lot harder for this fight. Above all, I was happy with the takedowns because they weren’t actually part of the plan.

“I just grabbed hold of her and it was an instinct to just trip her. It’s good that I have that instinct and it felt very natural to me. But I still have work, and I still have to show my full power.”

UFC fight a late call-up

Even more, the 28-year-old Godinez is a late call-up to this bout, agreeing only last Wednesday to replace the indisposed American Cheyanne Buys (6-2), and will be grabbing a little slice of UFC fighting history with what will be a record third fight in 42 days.

Godinez is coming off a loss up at flyweight – via unanimous decision to Brazil’s Luana Carolina (8-2) – but has shown across three fights (1-2) with the promotion so far that she loves a scrap and – quite obviously – any opportunity to do just that.

For Loma, though, the opponent change seems of little concern. For this fight camp, she has been locked away with long-time mentor George Hickman, who is about to open his own Bangtao MMA gym on the Thai island of Phuket, having moved on from the talent factory that is Tiger Muay Thai.

“George has been on to me every day about everything,” Loma said. “It has been a great fight camp. It doesn’t matter to me how many times they change my opponent because I know I have done everything I have to do. I know now that it is just up to me to go out there and fight the way I know I can fight.”


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