Rebecca Ruth on earning a Bellator contract on Sept. 11th “I don’t know if it’s completely set in yet”

61f9e7fc98b11beda1f7427d58379565Flyweight Rebecca Ruth earned her third straight victory on September 11th at Shamrock FC: Fuel and subsequently earned a contract with Bellator MMA. Ruth (4-1) earned a third round knockout over Alice Yauger in the  co-main event of the evening, which was also her third straight win by KO. One of the ways Ruth found success throughout the matchup was her ability to neutralize Yauger’s striking using kicks. “We knew she was a really good boxer” Ruth told MMAOddsBreaker. “We were hoping the kicks would keep her at bay, kind of take away a little bit from her striking. We definitely worked on that in the training camp to get inside and track her down a little bit. I knew she was going to be a really tough lady. This was a big fight for both of us, I was definitely happy with that performance. Obviously we’ll go over the film and find some things that I need to work on. Always looking to improve and get better in every aspect of the game. I was very proud of myself, I think it was a well deserved moment.” While many fighters would go out and celebrate after a monumental victory like that, Ruth cut the night short because of other commitments. “I hung out with friends, met up with fans. I could not believe the amount of people from the gym, my family, work, friends, everybody that came out and support me. I wanted to try to see everybody and talk with them. But I have to be honest I had to call it an early night, I had to get up and work concession stand duty at my sons football game. So I didn’t stay out and party it up.” However she did manage to get in a cheat meal after the fight was over and was able to indulge in that. “Subway comes to mind. I still stay away from cheese. But I loved eating the oven roasted chicken on flat bred. I love that flatbred.” With the win, Ruth earned a four-fight contract with Bellator and will debut in their new flyweight division which is set to start up very soon. For the 36-year old mother, who made her pro debut in April 2014, being a member of the Bellator roster is a dream come true. “I honestly felt like a little kid and I have these huge dreams that don’t seem feasible. I don’t know that it’s completely set in yet,  maybe once I get the call and they’ve got a fight lined up for me, then I’ll have a freak out moment. This is something that we all do, I want to be the big fighter, I want to be good at what I do. I’m not doing it for the fame and fortune. I want to be accomplished, I want all my hard work and everybody that’s helped me along the way to be recognized. I couldn’t be more excited about this and the opportunity I’ve been given.” The timing couldn’t be better. Generally when a promotion forms a new division there is always talk about what will happen with the title. Ruth believes there is a good chance she could be in the running for a potential vacant title shot down the line. “125-pounds is what I’m going in at. I’m looking at it as a building thing for them. I’m more then happy to be one of the first ones or amongst the first ones and hope to make it as big as they want to be. I want to get to that level where I’m in the running for a title. [A title shot] is a very good possibility, I’m going to take it one fight at a time. I’ll do whatever they need me to do in the meantime. If I get that opportunity I’ll be all over it for sure.” Despite already competing three times this year so far, Ruth is eager to make her Bellator debut sooner rather then later. “I’ve had three fights pretty close to each other this year. But maybe [I’ll fight] later this year, I’d definitely be up for it.”   You can follow Rebeca on Twitter @RebeccaRuthMMA. She would like to thank her sponsors Corbett Concrete, MCS Midwest Diesel , A1 Roofing, Bill Martin Concrete, Finney’s MMA, 21st Century MMA, Vinyl Images 

Written by James Lynch

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