Las Vegas, NV – If you followed social media many fight fans we’re sure who UFC flyweight Erin Blanchfield was as she stepped into the octagon to take on Miranda Maverick at UFC 269, but by the end of the night everybody knew who she is.
Blanchfield dominated Maverick from start to finish on her way to a 30-27×3 unanimous decision victory. Some may have been surprised but Blanchfield certainly wasn’t.
“I’m pretty happy with it. I wish I could have hit her a little bit more. She was good at holding my wrists and stopping me from getting my ground and pound that I like. But you know the fight felt pretty smooth. It went the way I wanted it to, so I’m pretty happy with it,” Blanchfield told the media in her post-fight scrum.
Blanchfield tied the record for most takedowns in a flyweight fight with 7 and while she looked like a seasoned wrestler she actually hasn’t been wrestling that long.
“I started in no-gi jitsu and kickboxing. I got into wrestling more when I started fighting MMA. But you know it kind of came natural to me. I’m good in the clinch I’m strong there. I’ve learned a lot of techniques. I’m very technical there so I feel like it kind of comes off easy in my fights.”
A name many fans and even some in the media were throwing out as a possible next opponent for Blanchfield was that of Maycee Barber. Barber defeated Maverick back in July and was supposed to be Blanchfield’s opponent at UFC 269 but withdrew.
“I’d definitely fight Maycee if they wanted me to. I think it makes sense, we’re both young and up-and-coming in this division. But honestly whoever is ready to fight. I know she was hurt I don’t know how long she’s going to be out for. I’m not really going to wait around for people. I’ll just see whoever they want me to fight next.”
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