Vanessa “Lil Monster” Demopoulos spoke with Cageside Press ahead of her title fight against Lupita Godinez this Friday at LFA 94.
Top strawweight up-and-comer Vanessa “Lil Monster” Demopoulos has had an eventful summer to say the least. After making history in July as the first strawweight champion in LFA history and a turn on Dana White’s Contender Series, one of the most charismatic prospects in the lighter weight classes saw her star turn brighter with the added attention. “I feel like my fan base prior loved me and then loved me even more after. The people who follow me are loyal and kid. I got a few more followers and love them all the same.”
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Indeed, after recording a Submission of the Year (with a reverse triangle) to win the LFA title, the former stripper turned fighter had her origin story introduced to a wider audience following her appearance on Contender Series. After a three round effort came up short against Cory McKenna, Demopoulos spent no time in getting immediately back to the gym to improve on her game. She splits her time between Saekson’s Muay Thai and the famed Black House MMA gyms in Southern California where she works alongside the likes of Tabatha Ricci and UFC and Invicta veteran Danielle Taylor. On the fight with McKenna, Demopoulos said “My biggest takeaway is to remember the point system in MMA. Also, I need to work on my positions.”
Demopoulos has said in interviews that remaining LFA champion did not soften the blow of coming up short in her first shot at achieving her UFC dream. As a champion of the unofficial feeder system to the UFC, one figures that she remains on the short list for a call-up and would be in better position even more so with a victory. But to Demopoulos, looking ahead to the possible call-up is not on her mind as much as focusing on the task at hand. “My focus isn’t to think about the UFC. But yes I am already on the radar. I was on the radar before the Contender Series and especially after the show but I have to go out there and do my thing in this fight and not focus on anything else.”
Her upcoming opponent Lupita Godinez is a perfect 4-0 with previous experience in Combate Americas but will jumping to the top of the line in a fight with Demopoulos for the title in her LFA debut. Godinez had previously reached out to her upcoming foe on social media for advice on her own career, and now the two will compete with a belt on the line. On Godinez, Demopoulos said “I think she’s tough and all I’ve ever fought is tough people.”
While she is set for her own fight, it is not lost on her that her good friend and teammate at BlackHouse MMA is in an important fight of his own 24 hours later in the UFC. While the MMA world knows the “The Spider” as an MMA legend, Demopoulos is excited to see her friend Anderson go out with a victory. “I really want to see Anderson go out on top! As a person he is truly one of the kindest humans ever! I wouldn’t want to be standing across from him in a cage but as a person one of the best people you’ll ever meet.”