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Vanessa Demopoulos was prepared for chance of UFC combat vs. Ducote


Vanessa Demopoulos has one other large alternative in entrance of her subsequent month, and from right here on out when these occur, they could appear just a little extra private.

Demopoulos (10-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) takes on Emily Ducote (13-8 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC Combat Evening 241 on Might 11. For Demopoulos, a win would give her 5 in six fights – which might put her in nice place within the girls’s strawweight division.

But it surely should come in opposition to somebody she’s acquired some familiarity with.

“Not solely do I do know quite a bit about her – Emily’s a sweetheart,” Demopoulos informed MMA Junkie Radio. “She got here right here to Las Vegas. She skilled over at Xtreme (Couture) and, in reality, me, her and Hannah Goldy all went mountain climbing collectively over at Purple Rock. So we’ve spent just a little little bit of time collectively. It was good to sort of get to know her on just a little little bit of a private degree.”

Demopoulos has been coaching in Las Vegas, the place she makes use of not solely Xtreme Couture, however the UFC Efficiency Institute. She mentioned that has been a game-changer for her, particularly in relation to vitamin.

Then there’s the consistency in her teaching, which she thinks was lacking earlier in her profession.

“I really feel like all people’s actually on the identical web page,” she mentioned. “Being part of the PI and with the ability to have entry to my meals, have entry to restoration, have entry to the energy and conditioning, the PT, the ability – it simply makes my life a lot simpler being in combat camp and with the ability to be right here in Las Vegas.”

This combat camp, although, for Ducote was for somebody she’s hung out with. And even wanting down the highway, her division’s champion, Zhang Weili, spends quite a lot of time on the PI, herself.

In a division that isn’t the largest within the UFC, and given her coaching in Las Vegas the place so many fighters come by means of at one level or one other, Demopoulos is assured this case will occur once more.

“After we acquired the combat contract, it’s not like I (referred to as) her out. She didn’t hit me up, both,” Demopoulos mentioned. “We each knew that it would occur even whereas she was right here. It’s OK. It’s going to occur. I really feel like for being right here in Las Vegas, we see so many individuals, it might be nearly not possible for me to not combat anyone that I knew.”

Demopoulos acquired again within the win column this previous October with a call over Kanako Murata in a combat through which Murata was a good favourite. Earlier within the 12 months, she had a three-fight profitable streak snapped by Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

For extra on the cardboard, go to MMA Junkie’s occasion hub for UFC Combat Evening 241.

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