20 year old Bantamweight Veronica Macedo is making her UFC debut against powerhouse Ashlee Evans-Smith this weekend, but she isn't someone to sleep on.
Macedo, who got the opportunity after Evans-Smith's first opponent had to pull out of the fight, is undefeated (5-0) in MMA , but hasn't competed in the Octagon yet.
“I don't think anyone can properly prepare for a UFC,” she said in an interview with UFC.com. “It's something that's so big. For example, at a jiu-jitsu competition, you have eight people rolling at the same time and the audience is like 30-40 people and all family members. (Laughs) And this is lights, music, people screaming, it's crazy. It's an adrenaline thing. So I try to be focused at all times, because if I start thinking about every single aspect, I'll be distracted and I won't perform to my abilities. So for this, I try to see it as just a fight. I try not to look at the event. I only focus on the cage, getting in the cage, and fighting.”
Macedo began competing at the age of eight, and now trains in Poland, but didn't make her pro debut until March 2016. Did you do the math? That means she's fought five times in five months, and won every single time.
“It got to the point where I would go to a competition every weekend," she said. "That's where it started. I love the feeling of everything, whether it's the fighting or the preparation. Everything you've learned, you get to test it. I know people want to prove themselves, but the reason why I love it so much is because I try to find new ways to fight all the time. I try to create something. And for me to have the ability to constantly test it is fantastic. If it doesn't work, you go back to the drawing board, and that, to me, is the exciting part. Trying to find something new all the time is what excites me. It's what I live for.”
Watch Macedo face Evans-Smith live on UFC Fight Pass Saturday morning.