Coming off her first loss in her professional Mixed Martial Arts career Kelowna fighter Sarah Moras wanted to get back into the ring and back into the winner’s circle.
And it took her only 93 seconds to do that, at AFC 11 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre Sept. 15.
Moras improved her professional MMA record to 3-and-1 after submitting Christina Barry with an armbar in the first round.
“Getting the win was pretty huge for me,” said Moras, back in Kelowna and training with Toshido MMA. “I was coming off a loss so it was even more of a big deal for me. I made a few mistakes but I did enough good things to get the win.”
Moras’ loss came during her first fight for the Invicta Fighting Championships, the world’s only all-female Mixed Martial Arts fight series. Her performance in Winnipeg caught the eyes of Invicta and manager David Lea expects her to get another high profile fight soon.
“She did everything she wanted to do to get back in the right direction,” said Lea, of his only competitive female fighter. “That win caught the attention of Invicta and right away they said they wanted her back. It’s not an easy thing to get her on the Invicta shows. Every female fighter on the planet is trying to get there so it’s a really big deal for a local woman fighter to be fighting at that level.”
At 24, Moras is committed to continuing to chase her dream of getting to the highest level of her sport. The organizers behind Invicta work with Strikeforce, a sister organization to the UFC, the world biggest MMA organization. Female mixed martial arts is still in its infancy. Moras is only one of four or five competitive female fighters in Western Canada. And with six years of experience in MMA, she is looking forward to a successful career.
“This is all I want to do,” she said. “I work to train, not for any other reason.”
And Lea says it shouldn’t be long before she gets to the top of her sport.
“She’s amazing,” he said. “She’s got world class skills. She just needs the experience and Kelowna could very easily have a female champion in the near future.”