23-year-old Michigan resident Sarah Goodlaxson is busy training for a key bout in the Total Warrior Combat promotion, slated for Jan. 19 in Lansing, Michigan, but she took a few minutes out from her hectic schedule to answer some questions on Nov. 28 about her upcoming fight. Here’s what she had to say:
Q. Tell me a bit about your upcoming fight.
Goodlaxson: I fight Jen Aniano in a 105-pound bout at Total Warrior Combat 15 on Jan. 19 in Lansing, Michigan.
Q. How do you see the fight going?
Goodlaxson: She’s going to try to get it to the ground, which I don’t care about really. She’s not great on her feet.
Q. So you would say that you definitely have the striking advantage?
Q. How has the weight cut been going?
Goodlaxson: I used to walk around at 105 but after I moved to Michigan I gained weight and I cut a good amount now. It’s Jen’s first time at 105, too. She’s fought all the way up at 125, but I don’t think she should be fighting that high being that she is so short.
Q. Female fighters like Ronda Rousey, Bec Hyatt and Miesha Tate are skillset in the cage, but they also use their good looks to advance their careers. What do you think about that?
Goodlaxson: I think it’s great as long as they’re doing it respectfully and tastefully.
Q. How is the local Michigan MMA circuit? Are there a lot of good up-and-coming fighters from there?
Goodlaxson: We have a lot of good fighters but some of the promotions really need to step up their games. I recently went to some fights where it was clear that the intended winners were from certain gyms… it was ridiculous. Bellator is in the area and that’s really great for us. My coach Dom is fighting for them now.
Q. So you’re saying some local fights are rigged?
Goodlaxson: I’m saying it looked that way. If I could get a copy of the fights I bet you’d think the same. Everyone I was with thought the same. There were only a couple fair fights and that something really weird didn’t happen. For instance, a standup for no reason other than the favorite was losing. It literally looked like the ref gave the guy a breather from getting punched.
Q. Tell me a bit about the TWC promotion.
Goodlaxson: TWC is always professional and the guys running it are really nice. They made sure I was fighting someone with a good number of fights so it would be as fair as possible… even though she’s had 14 fights to my 7… it’s still better than me fighting someone that’s 0-1 or something which happens a lot here. And in general, I think. She’s 6-7-1 so… It’s not like she’s 14-0. She is a grinder though… that’s probably her best attribute. She can grind a fight out for 3 rounds if she needs to.
Q. Moving on, are you hoping to go pro and fight for Bellator someday?
Goodlaxson: It would be awesome if Bellator included some fights in the 105lb division but so far that hasn’t happened… They’re an amazing promotion and I’d love to fight for them as well as Invicta.
Q. What do you think about Invicta’s emergence as the premier women’s fight league in the world?
Goodlaxson: Invicta really goes out of their way to make their fighters happy, they even have gift baskets waiting in the rooms when the fighters arrive. They’re a class act.
Q. If you could fight anyone, who would it be?
Goodlaxson: Lisa Ward. Not because I hate her or anything, she’s just the first girl I really watched when I started training because she was 105. More like an “I’ve made it” fight.