Bellator 225’s Alejandra Lara happy to send message inside, outside cage

BRIDGEPORT, Conn – Alejandra Lara moved up to bantamweight and snapped a two-fight losing streak by defeating Taylor Turner at Bellator 225, then said she is ready to take on the challenge of being a rising star of Bellator’s women’s divisions.

The 25-year-old Lara (8-3 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) finished Taylor Turner (4-6 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in the opening round after an impressive display at the Webster Bank Arena. And, speaking to the media backstage after her win, the Colombian flyweight said things panned out exactly as she had hoped for.

“This fight ended as I expected. It was perfect,” she said. “I was expecting to finish it and I feel great.”

Lara made headlines on weigh-in day after stepping on the scale with her body showing hand-written messages of warning, calling for action in the wake of the Amazon fires that are currently ravaging the jungle in South America.

“I really didn’t care about the result of that,” she said. “It was just something that came from (inside) me. It’s something that I feel inside and it’s just my way (to communicate) with the world. It’s my way to relate.

“I don’t feel the bad reactions. I’m glad people said thank you for thinking more. It’s what can I do for the world and I felt it was an emergency and we are in danger. If we don’t do something now, it’s going to be (too) late.

“I just want everyone to know that every single thing you can do in your every day, counts. I try to do it every day, I try to reduce my impact in the world, I try to respect nature, to respect animals and I think that counts.”

While she was happy to spread her message on weigh-in day, then reinforce it in her post-fight interview, her main job was to send a message about her ability as a fighter, and she did that in equally emphatic fashion. The manner of her performance, having moved up from 125 pounds to 135, suggested that the Colombian may have options in both weight classes moving forward.

“Yes, I feel good in my weight class, in 125. I think, for now, it’s great,” she said. “But I felt so strong at this weight also. I think it depends on the opportunity, it depends on the opponent. We will see.”

But now, having evened up her Bellator record and snapped a two-fight losing skid, Lara is keen to improve, both inside and outside the cage.

“This is a great opportunity and it’s also a big responsibility,” she said. “I feel really proud to be here representing my people, representing Latino people. It’s also a challenge and I have to improve in all aspects.  I have to improve my English, I have to have a better relationship with (the media). It’s really new. But I accept the challenge and I’m ready to improve.”

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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