Austrian MMA star Jasminka "Impressive" Cive said on March 4 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she didn't take kindly to Bec Hyatt's prediction of a knockout finish at Invicta FC 5.
"Bec talks too much," Cive said of the Aussie legend.
Cive (5-0) and Hyatt (4-2) are set to duke it out on Apr. 5 at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, in a key strawweight tilt on the Invicta FC 5 main card, and "Impressive" isn't impressed with Hyatt's cutesy smack-talk.
In mid-February, Hyatt said in an interview with Examiner.com that someone is going to sleep at Invicta FC 5, and that it's not going to be her.
"Someone will be having a tea party with the muffin man," Hyatt said of her Invicta FC 5 bout.
While the Aussie has respect for her opponent, that was essentially her cute way of saying she plans to knock Cive out.
Cive, who will be making her promotional debut, says if anyone is getting knocked out, it's going to be Hyatt.
"I am focused and strong-willed in what I do," Cive said. "I try to utilize striking more than other techniques, but I'm ready for the ground game as much as the standup game. I never make a plan of a fight. I just let it go and I'm ready for war."
One of the main storylines of Cive's fight with Hyatt revolves around the development of women's MMA in both Australia and Austria. Cive is undefeated, but the lack of a legitimate women's MMA scene in her homeland makes it near-impossible to quantify what her undefeated 5-0 record really means.
It won't be until she tests herself against top-notch professionals in the Invicta FC ranks that the MMA community will able to rank her among the best in the world.
"There's no women's MMA scene in Austria, not yet," Cive said. "The MMA fights I had so far were not like some Muay Thai bouts I had in Europe. They were easier. There's a deficit of female fighters over here in Austria."
Cive will finally have the opportunity to test her skills against one of the top strawweights in the world, as she meets Hyatt on Apr. 5 at Invicta FC 5.