Texas MMA fighter Sarah "Too Sweet" Alpar (4-2) said on Jan. 9 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she's set to fight top-ranked Florida knockout artist Delaney Owen (7-1) on Jan. 25 at the Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton, Oklahoma.
Alpar has already started training for her bout against Owen, but she kindly took a few minutes from her busy schedule to answer some questions about the fight.
Here's what she had to say:
Q. Tonya Evinger offered to take the fight against you when Jordan Gaza dropped out, and you declined. She then proceeded to call you a 'coward' and 'chump.' Do you have any response to her comments?
Alpar: I would like to say the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi 'First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.' That's all.
Q. There's been a lot of talk about rankings.
Your new opponent, Delaney Owen, is considered the No. 1 amateur fighter in Florida and you're considered one of the top flyweights out there.
Do you think a win over Owen would make you a legitimate top 10 in the world flyweight?
Alpar: I really don't understand how the ranking process works, but I hope for this fight to be a good one.
I hope to gain some fans along the way and for all my kids at the children's home to be proud.
Q. How do you see this fight playing out? More of a standup war or a ground battle?
Alpar: I don't know too much about my opponent so who knows! It could go either way.
I've been working my butt off in both my stand up and ground. Whatever happens I'll be happy to oblige to.
Q. Do you think it'll be tough making the adjustment to a new opponent?
You originally were slated to fight Jordan Gaza, but now you have a new test on short notice. What advantages do you think you'll have over Delaney?
Alpar: For a short notice fight like this there's only so much you can change at this point.
I feel my experience with being involved in these longer rounds will benefit me if anything.
Q. Anything else in the works for the year ahead? Planning on trying out for TUF?
Hoping to make it into Invicta FC or anything like that?
Alpar: I've had so much going on with my life besides training (college, working at the children's home).
I'm really excited to finally graduate in May, and with this being my last semester of school, I promised myself I'd dedicate my time to practices and taking fights.
I would love to try out for TUF and make Invicta FC. I will be beginning the next part of my life and there's a lot in store.