BOISE, Idaho – Veta Arteaga is known as a guillotine specialist at her gym. Roll with her, and you’ll get caught in one.
It’s no surprise, then, that Arteaga sought out the choke when she sensed a fight with Denise Kielholtz shift. The Bellator kickboxing champion seemed to be tiring when the fight went to the canvas in the second frame, and Arteaga figured it might be a good time to catch her.
Arteaga had been willing to stand and strike with her more experienced counterpart, and the two engaged in some heated exchanges. But when Kielhotz got back to her feet, Arteaga pounced.
“So, she’s a little tired – she might not want to go on the ground any more,” Arteaga (5-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) told MMAjunkie backstage at Centurylink Arena, which hosted her Paramount-televised win over Kielhotlz (2-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in Boise. “Then she got back up, and that’s when I got that guillotine.”
Arteaga was ecstatic backstage as she recounted the details of the fight. To get a win in her home town was about as perfect an ending as she could have asked for. Emboldened by her success, she asked for a title shot against flyweight champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.
“I feel like I do (deserve a title shot),” she said. “All of my past fights, I showed up to fight, and I got a finish tonight. I’ve just beat the kickboxing champ, and the fight before that, I beat Emily (Ducote), the (title) challenger. So I think it only makes sense. Why not?”
To hear more from Arteaga, check out the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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