In an exclusive interview on Nov. 28 with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden, 23-year-old Sarah “Piranha” Goodlaxson admitted she has been waiting two years to punch Jen Aniano in the face.
Goodlaxson, a Michigan resident who competes in the 105-pound atomweight division, will finally get the opportunity she’s been waiting for when she enters the cage opposite Aniano on Jan. 19 at the TWC 15: Meanstreak event slated for the Best Western Plus Hotel in Lansing, Michigan.
“I don’t have a problem with any female fighters except for Jen,” Goodlaxson said. “I love everyone, but not her.”
Goodlaxson says her personal beef with Aniano dates back to 2010, when the ladies were originally scheduled to fight. Goodlaxson had to withdraw from the bout due to injury, and Aniano thought “Piranha” may have been ducking her.
“I was supposed to fight her over two years ago,” Goodlaxson noted. “The Wednesday before, I tore a few ligaments in my ankle and wouldn’t have been able to do much on it. I couldn’t even grapple that Friday without it hurting. I asked to reschedule the fight. She was already angry because I went and trained with her old team- the team I’m still currently with.”
Goodlaxson added that her current boyfriend trained with Aniano’s old team, H8 Squad, which complicated matters further.
“When I asked to reschedule the fight, Jen texted my boyfriend questioning if I was really hurt or just scared,” she said. “I was really pissed off because I was nice enough to call her camp myself and apologize. I called the promoter myself and told him the situation.”
As time went on, Goodlaxson says Aniano’s camp kept coming up with excuses to not accept a fight with her.
“They always had an excuse,” she said. “They said things like ‘I can’t do 105’ and ‘I want it to be for a title, or ‘I don’t like that promotion,’ ‘we hate your coach,’ etc. Finally when I announced that I wouldn’t be fighting anymore and just focusing on school and my last fight came out where I hardly trained and it wasn’t awesome… they decided to start instigating.”
Goodlaxson hopes to settle the ‘beef’ with Aniano on Jan. 19 at TWC 15: Meanstreak.
“She is passive-aggressive and that’s a fact,” Goodlaxson said of Aniano. “I’m really happy this fight is finally happening. I’ve waited so long. It’s like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”
Goodlaxson holds a 4-3 record on the local amateur MMA circuit, while Aniano is 6-7-1.