According to an Oct. 23 post from Babes of MMA, Kentucky standout Gina 'Jellybean' Begley (3-2) is set for her first MMA title shot this weekend against undefeated Missouri native Hannah McNitt (3-0).
Begley fights McNitt on the "Warriors for Heroes: MMA vs. PTSD" card, this Saturday at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.
"I'm expecting a wrestler with some BJJ submissions," Begley told Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden, when asked about what she knows of her opponent. "I hope to take advantage of the pressure she has fighting in front of the home town crowd."
Begley admits it'll be a bit bizarre fighting someone 13 years younger than her. However, McNitt knows what she's signing up for and it comes with the territory of being a cage fighter.
"It is a little strange. I'm an adult woman. She is still a teenage girl in my perspective although I'm sure she doesn't feel that way," Begley said. "She probably sees that as an advantage."
Begley added that she's not far off from turning pro, perhaps as early as next year.
"I very much would like to make a pro debut very soon. I have five MMA fights and four Muay Thai fights," she said. "But I'll have to sit down with my coach and manager and evaluate what I'm ready for before taking that step."
Begley was featured on the Babes of MMA website in the days leading up to the fight, but she doesn't feel being looked at as a "sexy fighter" sets her back as an athlete.
"I do not believe pointing out positive attributes whether physical or mental about a person are going to set them back as an athlete," Begley said. "I believe the athlete will set themselves back in the sport if they focus on only that aspect."