Elise Reed has no regrets about her UFC debut.
Reed (4-1) returns for his second UFC appearance this weekend at UFC London. She faces a Cory McKenna back in front of her audience.
Reed also returns to his normal weight class – strawweight. In her UFC debut, she fought one weight class against Sijara Eubanks, who fought multiple times at bantamweight. Reed’s UFC debut didn’t go as planned as she was completely outplayed and eventually finished in the first round.
Reed had no regrets taking the fight against Eubanks.
“Ah, so I lost once in my amateur career, and I remember being really hard on myself, really upset, frustrated. You can end up in a place where it’s not the best mentally, like I wanted to give up pretty much when I lost in my amateur career,” Reed told Cageside Press in an exclusive interview. [with Eubanks], as much as it’s probably a meme somewhere. I know I’ve been tagged multiple times on Reddit. For one thing, I had no idea what it looked like. I felt good. I had broken my face in another fight and I didn’t even know it.
“It’s a weird thing. I mean, I think that’s probably the craziest thing I’ve done in martial arts. There’s a reason no one else took this fight on three weeks’ notice. And I can tell you right now to put it into perspective; I’m sitting heavier right now than when I entered the cage with Sijara. So I will never be a 125er; I wouldn’t say I regret anything. Because at this point, there’s very little I should be afraid of in the cage.
Reed added: “She said after the fight she was walking around at 141, that’s over 20 pounds on me in the cage. I was up against the bantamweight ranked Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. I mean, what else does anybody have? So my coach and I were talking about it. He’s like, ‘you have brass balls.’ “
The former CFFC strawweight champion is looking to reintroduce herself to the UFC crowd this weekend.
“I probably gained and lost fans with the Sijara fight. But I think it will be a fight where I can really show what I am and why I am in the UFC. I’m excited. I’m really excited. I worked on strength conditioning and got to where I’m a solid 115. Because, as you know, I was a 105 fighter for a long time. So I’m excited. I’m excited to show off the skills I can bring to the 115 Division,” Reed said.
Watch the rest of our interview with Elise Reed above. Reed vs. McKenna drops tomorrow at UFC London on ESPN+.