22-year-old atomweight contender Cassie "The Hulk" Robb said on Jan. 7 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she's planning a quick return to the cage following her Invicta FC 4 loss to Laura Sanko.
Just 48 hours after Invicta FC 4, Robb explained that she's fully healed and ready to go. "I don't have any marks," Robb laughed.
In all likelihood, Robb will be back fighting in the Invicta FC ranks before the end of 2013. There's a strong possibility that she'll be featured on the Invicta FC 5 card, which is slated for the end of April.
No word yet from Invicta FC officials who Robb fights next, but she has her eyes on legitimate top ten atomweight contenders like Stephanie Frausto and Nicdali Calanoc.
"That would be cool," Robb said of a potential fight against Frausto. "I have a multi-fight contract with Invicta FC, so I will be back soon. To be honest, I'm not sure who I want to fight next. I'm sure they will have me against anther debut girl or someone with a close record."
A matchup with Frausto makes perfect sense. Robb and Frausto, both 22 years old, are known for their exciting scraps. Both women will also be looking to bounce back from their recent losses in their next tilt. Robb fell to Sanko on the Invicta FC 4 preliminary card, and Frausto was knocked out by Cassie Rodish midway through the card.
While Robb suffered a loss to Sanko, she was blown away by the Invicta FC 4 experience. The fight served as her professional debut, and she had the opportunity to rub shoulders with female MMA legends like Miesha Tate and Felice Herrig.
"I was so starstruck at first but I calmed down after a while," Robb said of meeting Tate and Herrig. "I was like hey they are normal people just like me, and they were so down to earth. Super fun to chill with."
Looking back on her fight against Sanko, Robb believes she had the opportunity to finish the fight in the waning minutes of the opening frame.
Sanko gave up her back with 1:41 to go in the first round, and Robb admits she missed out on sinking in a rear-naked choke.
"I feel like I definitely missed an opportunity," Robb said. "I thought u had my hooks in but the sneaky lil' booger got out."
Sanko was able to escape, and she sank in a rear-naked choke of her own in the second round. Robb couldn't get out of the submission, and the fight was stopped at the 1:07 mark of the second frame.
Invicta FC color commentator Julie Kedzie was impressed by Robb's performance, and King Mo Lawal scored the first round in her favor.
"I felt like I won the first round, so the fact that other people saw that as well definitely made me feel great," Robb said.
Robb sees her loss to Sanko as a key learning experience, and next time she enters the Invicta cage, she plans to come away with her hand raised.