Oregon MMA fighter Roma Pawelek (4-0) said on Jan. 9 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she'll be fighting Arlene Culbreth (3-1) on Feb. 15 at WFC 8 in Sacramento, Calif.
Pawelek, an undefeated bantamweight standout, has already started training for the fight, but she kindly took a few minutes from her busy schedule to answer questions about her upcoming bout against Culbreth.
Here's what she had to say:
Q. You and Culbreth are both known for your heavy hands, as you have a combined five knockouts in just eight MMA fights.
With that said, do you expect your upcoming fight to be a standup slugfest, or you're perfectly content to have it go to the ground?
Pawelek: In my fight camp I've been honing my striking.
I train mostly jiu-jistu so I am very comfortable on the ground. Usually in my other fights I've had a preference one way or another. This time, I'm comfortable with either scenario.
Q. You're 4-0 and a win on Feb. 15 would push you to 5-0. Do you think you'll turn pro after this upcoming fight?
Anyone you want to fight before turning pro?
Pawelek: If I win on February 15 I will either go pro or fight one more amateur fight, depending on the opportunities. I would really like to challenge Jenna Fox while we're both still amateurs.
Q. How has training camp and the weight cut been going for your upcoming fight? Also, are there any belts on the line?
Pawelek: This will be a title fight for WCF. She is probably going to be significantly heavier than me. I was planning on dropping a weight class to 125, so I'm already walking at weight.
I'm not worried about it either way. All my training partners are guys my weight or heavier. Plus, I'm thrilled I won't have to cut water or diet hard in the last weeks! That allows me to train harder.
Q. Have anything else in the works for the rest of the year?
Pawelek: The plan is, of course, to turn pro.
I'm going to the XFC Fighter Tryouts January 25th in Charleston thanks to generous sponsorship.
I'm keeping my options open, but if Invicta FC or the UFC contacted me, I would definitely be interested!
Q. Where can fans check you out on social media?