Maryland MMA warrior Roya Darvishian said on Feb. 17 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she reigned supreme at the Feb. 16 Xtreme Caged Combat event in Pennsylvania.
Darvishian defeated 22-year-old striker Jen Lopez, to continue her meteoric rise up the strawweight ladder.
"It was a tough fight," Darvishian said. "The first two rounds I took her back, and the third round was all boxing until the very end of the frame. At the end of the third, she put me against the cage, but I stepped over the back for an armbar, and then the bell rang!"
Darvishian already has her next MMA fight lined up, as she takes on Rachel Sazoff on March 9 in Ruthersglen, Virginia.
"It just gives me a reason to keep moving forward," Darvishian said after notching the victory. "I'm a gym rat. I love this stuff. It's all uphill from here!"
Darvishian, 20, is one of the most exciting young, up-and-coming strawweights on the east coast, but it has been a struggle for her to find opponents in her weight class.
She prefers to fight at 105 pounds, but it's tough to find opponents in that class. Darvishian often fights at 115 pounds, and not her natural 105-pound class.
Despite the lack of legitimate opponents at her natural weight class, she plans to keep pushing forward.
"I expect to go pro," Darvishian said. "I'm going to fight whoever they put in front of me."