Jen “Tink” Aniano isn’t pleased that Sarah Goodlaxson decided to hype their Jan. 19 fight at TWC 15: Meanstreak with trash talk.
Aniano, a 26-year-old Michigan resident who serves an interesting double life as a middle school teacher, wants to talk solely with her fists. She isn’t buying into the concept of pre-fight trash talk to build up an amateur MMA bout.
“This is Michigan amateur MMA not the UFC,” Aniano said in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden. “My trainer asks that we respect each other and the sport, and I believe in that philosophy. Every opponent I have ever had has become a friend or at least someone I network with. Win or lose I can learn from the people I fight, and for that, I believe we should share a mutual respect for one another.”
Goodlaxson admitted in a Nov. 28 interview with rootshed.com that she doesn’t like Aniano and that their personal ‘beef’ dates back to 2010.
“Her talking is annoying because she has tried to ruin networking and sponsorship opportunities for me,” Aniano said of Goodlaxson. ” I am not pumped because of her mouth running. I am pumped to put an end to the ridiculousness of the situation so that people can see I am not what she has made me out to be.”
Goodlaxson said that Aniano’s standup skills were sub-par, and that she was upset with “Tink” for texting her boyfriend questioning whether she withdraw from their 2010 bout with a legitimate injury.
“Sara has backed out of no fewer than three fights with me,” Aniano responded. “I left my training camp to pursue a Masters Degree and a teaching career. In the process of my leaving and setting up a fight with Sara she decided to find out who I used to train with, move from wherever she was, to Michigan to train with my old team and relentlessly run her mouth about me despite the fact that I have said nothing.”
Aniano says that Goodlaxson is just making up a feud to hype her career and stir up drama, much like Ronda Rousey or Chael Sonnen regularly do to build up their fights.
“Sara is making up this feud because she thinks it hypes up her career,” Aniano said. “Just ask the other fighters she has ‘feuded’ with.”
Inside the cage, Aniano admits her strength is on the mat. However, she’s confident her improved standup game will show up when she squares off against Goodlaxson on Jan. 19.
“Anyone looking at my record or watching my fight videos can see that my strength is on the ground,” Aniano admits. “That does not mean I’m a bad striker or that I have not become a much better stand up fighter since changing camps. That being said, I have also been fighting between 115-135 my entire career, against much taller opponents. I have never had a fight against someone at 105 that was close to my height. I am looking forward to proving to the world that I can throw as well as throw down.”
Goodlaxson holds a 4-3 record on the local amateur MMA circuit, while Aniano is 6-7-1.