EXCLUSIVE | Sarah D’Alelio Discusses Upcoming Bout With Lauren Taylor at Invicta 6 | Late Night Cage Side
| Our boys Chase Raymond and Kinch were at it again this week as they talked about the upcoming Invicta 6 event with WMMA competitor Sarah D’Alelio. Sarah (7-3 MMA) will be facing off against the undefeated Lauren Taylor (6-0 MMA) at the July 13th event and she was kind enough to take some time out of her schedule to discuss her prep for the fight, her future goals in the sport, and her thoughts on the Invicta promotion. Here are some of the highlights from that interview.
Kinch conducted the interview with Miss D’Alelio and he first asked her how her preparations for the fight were going. She replied, “It’s going great. I’m lighter than I’ve ever been.”
She explained how her weight has come off very quickly during this camp and she was hoping that she wouldn’t have to really “cut” any weight prior to weigh-ins and rather just diet it all off. When asked what the difference in her diet has been she explained, “We cut out all the pre-workouts, all the supplements. I went pretty much organic for everything. No more of the chemical anything, blah, blah, blah. And, yeah, some people do really well on that stuff and I just do better all natural. We’ll see. We’ll see how it works out. I think it’s going to work out really well.”
Kinch then asked D’Alelio what she thought of the Invicta promotion and how she liked working for Shannon Knapp and Janet Martin. Sarah had nothing but praise to give to the all-women’s promotion as she stated, “I love working for Shannon and Janet. They’re really consistent, they’re really professional. When they say something, when they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I don’t really wanna, I don’t want to go anywhere. I hope I stay with them the rest of my career.”
D’Alelio then touched on her upbringing on the east coast of the US and how she was raised as a hardworking young woman. “I grew up a farm girl. Weeding the garden, stacking the wood, feeding my animals; you name it,” she said.
She then touched on how she got her start in the sport, which stemmed back to August of 2007. Sarah recalled, “I walked into the jiu-jitsu gym across from the place where I waited tables,” “I just wanted to fight and I walked into the gym and told them I wanted to fight and that was it. They started training me.”
Sarah is entering her upcoming fight at Invicta 6 coming off of a decision victory over Amanda Nunes at Invicta 4. “I had just lost to Shayna [Baszler] the fight before and just knowing myself I wouldn’t have been ok with two losses in a row,” she explained. “I couldn’t have two losses in a row.”
Any competitor in the sport understands the levity of each fight and how consecutive wins or losses can affect a career. She scored a decision victory over Nunes that night but explained that it wasn’t her most exciting performance. However, she knows that she needed a victory, regardless how it came about. She continued, “I was just happy to get the win.”
“It wasn’t even about my record. It was more about how I am emotionally, and I wouldn’t have been ok.”
D’Alelio currently holds a #9 ranking in the world for women’s bantamweights and Kinch asked her how close she feels she comes to a title shot with a win over Taylor on July 13th at Invicta 6. She stated, “Honestly, I don’t even…that’s all kind of political stuff to me and I kind of try to stay out of that, so I’m not even thinking about that right now.”
While on the topic of earning title fights Kinch then asked D’Alelio how she felt about the sport rewarding trash talking and marketing big names and popular faces rather than the most talented fights. She boldly replied, “Honestly, I think its bullshit. It’ shouldn’t be based on your popularity or what you say. It should be based on skill. It’s crap. I can’t really elaborate more on that because I just think its shit,” “It’s the way it is.” She continued, “It’s not my thing to try to be the famous, popular one. I just want to fight.”
She was then asked what she felt was next for her if she beats Taylor on July 13th.
“I haven’t even thought beyond that. Maybe a title shot, maybe? I don’t know. We’ll see though, you know? Before I say that I have to earn the right to ask for that. If I win, and honestly depending on if I win, how I win, we’ll see if I feel like, myself, I earn the right to ask for a title shot,” she said.
When asked to give her prediction for that fight with Taylor she explained that she couldn’t really give a prediction. She stated, “When you put words on something like that, you put walls up, and I don’t want to put any walls up. So, I’m going to leave that open and we’ll see what kind of picture we can paint in the cage.”
So instead of a prediction Kinch asked Sarah what kinds of problems Taylor was going to bring to the fight on July 13th. She replied, “Problems? She’s going to bring a fight. She’s going to bring a good fight. She’s a tough girl, she knows how to defend submissions, so I think my best chances would be to keep it standing but I’m willing to go wherever she wants to take the fight. I want the fight to stay standing; I know she wants it to go to the ground so we’ll see who has more will power.”
She was then asked to comment on the scheduled main event of that Invicta 6 event between Cyborg Santos and Marloes Coenen. She began, “I don’t know. First time I ever saw Cyborg fight live was the last Invicta and it was chilling. She really is an animal. Without all the enhancement she’s still a beast.” She continued, “Marloes, the first time I ever saw her fight was on the first Invicta and she just had the completely calm, samurai spirit going on.”
She said it was the perfect clash in styles and demeanor.
“Cyborg is this wild animal and Marloes is like, this Samurai,” she said. “It’s going to be great.”
Miss D’Alelio closed in explaining what she wanted out of her career and what kinds of goals she help for herself at this point in her career. She said, “Fight as long as I can and then when I’m done fighting, which I’m not going to be done anytime soon, hopefully I want to open up my own gym or get a good job somewhere at a gym. I want to stay in the art for as long as I possibly can.”
Sarah D’Alelio will take on Lauren Taylor at Invicta 6 on July 13th at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City. We thank Sarah for sharing her time with all of us here at BJPenn.com and we wish her the best of luck at Invicta 6.
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