Over the course of her first three pro MMA fights, atomweight prospect Stephanie “Cyclone” Alba has had about as solid of a start as anyone could want.
Alba won all three fights, due in large part to an extensive amateur career in which she feels she experienced as many of the trials and tribulations as one can.
“I think I’ve performed pretty well and that every fight I’ve gotten better,” Alba told MMAWeekly.com. “I think having a longer amateur career helped with that.
“I learned a lot in my amateur career. I took short-notice fights. I fight hometown girls. I lost some and won some. I think that made me start off my pro career stronger than if maybe I went pro with just a couple fights.”
Along with her amateur experience paying off at the pro level, Alba’s travels to various MMA gyms has also been a big part of her strong early start.
“I’m a big fan of cross-training,” said Alba. “I started off in Texas, then went to Missouri, and back to Texas, and out to California to train. I think that’s really helped me evolve into the fighter I want to be.
“I don’t just do one thing anymore. I try to put myself out of my element and do it all.”
Alba (3-0) will look for her first win of 2016 when she takes on Paulina Granados (2-2) on Monday for Combate Americas in Los Angeles in a main card 105-pound bout.
“I think it’s going to be a really good fight for me,” Alba said. “Paulina is a very tough competitor, but I’m going to ….View full article