Last weekend, on the undercard of UFC 218, Amanda Cooper picked up a dominant stoppage win over polarizing strawweight star Angela Magana. While Cooper’s win was more than enough to put her heated rivalry with Magana to bed, she still had plenty to say about her at the UFC 218 press conference, evidently still put off my Magana’s history of trash talk and internet bullying.
“I don’t think the sport needs her,” Cooper said at the UFC 218 post-fight presser (h/t MMAJunkie.com). “I don’t think the UFC needs her. Maybe she needs it. As soon as I called her out she was on Twitter freaking out. I think she gets something out of it. I don’t mean to be mean, but I think she probably needed that a little bit. I don’t think the sport needs her, but I think she needs it.”
“She convinces herself of false,” Cooper continued. “I can’t imagine losing as many times as she has in a row or not fighting after two years. I can’t imagine going through all the things she went through. Hurricane, no electricity, not training. I can’t imagine going through all that and being confident. I don’t think she says the thing she says on Twitter and social media to amp herself up. I don’t think she’s faking it. I think she truly believes she’s great.
“Every time I’ve lost I’m like, ‘Man, I suck.’ I have to think about it and go home and build myself up. She’s lost and lost and lost and hasn’t fought in a few years and still thinks she’s the toughest (expletive) in the world. Maybe she’s just mentally stronger than most. I don’t know what she’s going to think after this. I feel bad for saying that, but good for her.”
What do you think of Amanda Cooper’s comments on Angela Magana?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/12/2017.