Adhering to a standout beginner job, strawweight Sumiko Inaba was set to make her pro debut earlier this yr when the novel coronavirus place those programs on maintain.
Inaba was capable to keep persistence for the duration of the lockdown and initiatives to get her bout rescheduled, and now on the precipice of making her delayed pro debut she’s emotion all set to go.
“I was meant to make my pro debut in May possibly, but when all the things with the Covid stuff strike it obtained pushed back again to now,” Inaba informed MMAWeekly.com. “I’m happy it finally established out. I was not sure I was not likely to struggle in 2020, but it is below and I’m happy it is taking place.”
Since her previous amateur bout in 2019, Inaba has found a large amount of adjust in her game. Specifically she feels like she’ll be a little bit extra properly-rounded and deliberate in her pacing than she was ahead of.
“I consider there is been a lot of major change,” stated Inaba. “Definitively coming up to the professionals I want to occur out a calmer fighter and not just cost out it is going to be 5 moment rounds as a substitute of 3 moment rounds.
“Especially with Covid becoming ready to train a ton far more I think my game has wholly built me into an MMA fighter in its place of just a stand-up fighter.”
This Thursday in Uncasville, Connecticut, Inaba (-) will make her pro debut compared to Jessica Ruiz (-1) in a 115-pound preliminary bout at Bellator 251.
“I believe this struggle will finish up on the floor or it could close up to me just standing and discovering my pictures, but I assume as a entire I’ve turn out to be an MMA fighter and I’m psyched to exhibit that,” Inaba explained. “I experience a tiny bit of stress just for the reason that it is my pro debut, but it’s exhilaration to at last be below on such a wonderful promotion.
“The fight footage I have viewed on (Ruiz) she comes up extra a stand-up boxer, which I’m down with that. I think that she’s a southpaw, and I’m orthodox but I like to swap, so I believe it will be enjoyment to combat a southpaw.”
Even though she’s finally ready to make her professional debut and begin the following phase of her vocation, Inaba is centered on Thursday night and not way too considerably down the road forward of her.
“I’m not seeking previous this struggle for positive, but if I come out of this fight with no accidents, I’d love to get one far more in right before then,” stated Inaba. “If every little thing goes very well with this battle I’d like to have a swift turnaround.”