According to an Oct. 20 interview with ProWMMA Now!, California-based submission ace Rachael "The Panther" Cummins plans to finish Michele "Diablita" Gutierrez at BAMMA USA's upcoming "Bad Beat 11" MMA event.
Cummins, who is coming off a victory over Maia Kahaunaele, says she's comfortable keeping the fight standing or taking it to the ground, as she's been working hard to improve her standup game for her upcoming bout.
"Well you know what I've really really put in the work and the time. I've focused a lot on my striking for this fight," Cummins told show host Gina Begley. "A couple of my past fights, like my last fight, I didn't start training my striking until a couple months before my pro debut. But before that, I really only trained on the ground.
"I had a lot of bad habits from being a volleyball player. I was an outside hitter, so I had some bad habits with foot movement and some of my swinging and all that stuff. I really put in the work with my striking and you know what, I'm naturally an athlete my entire life, so I feel that once I focus on a certain thing, its easy for me to pick up on it. It's just I was so focused and glued into my ground game that I didn't really focus on my striking."
Cummins fights Gutierrez on Oct. 25 at Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif.
"I know she's a big name and that's part of the reason why I wanted to fight her," Cummins said of the veteran striker. "I know she has quick hands and more experience than me, but I think I'm going to be more dangerous and a better athlete all around. I just feel like I'm going to be more dangerous in all aspects of the fight, so I'm feeling pretty good about it.
"I would love to have a knockout or a submission. Either one of those I would be fine with. I definitely don't want it to go to a decision. Yeah I just want to finish her."