While her time on The Ultimate Fighter 23 was brief, strawweight prospect JJ Aldrich feels it had a big impact on her development.
While technically she might not have taken a lot from those around her, she was able to develop a new mentality when approaching fighting, and Aldrich believes it will show as she moves forward in her career.
“Because I lost right away it took some of the pressure off and some of the stress off, but at the same time it made it a little bit harder to be in the house knowing I was out of the competition,” Aldrich told MMAWeekly.com. “Being able to go there and do that, the overall experience was a big help for me.
“If I said it didn’t change me, I’d be lying. I think getting to see how the champ (Joanna Jedrzejczyk) trains every day and how intense she is with her workouts, and how much more I could step it up, I think it really helped me out a lot.”
Since her time in TUF, Aldrich was able to pick up a win over Kathrina Catron at FCF 53 in September, which she feels was essential towards preparing her for bigger opportunities.
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“After coming out of the house, I wasn’t sure when I was going to fight, so it was kind of a big layoff for me,” said Aldrich. “I like to stay active and not take too much time off between fights. So it was kind of stressful going into this last fight knowing that I had all this time off.
“I went in there and did the game plan. What I finished her with was something I was ….View full article