Phoenix, AZ — Following a dominant decision win against Ariane Carnelossi at UFC 274 in Phoenix, Joe Rogan called strawweight Lupita Godinez’s performance a career-best.
“Loopy,” a Mexican-born athlete training and fighting in Canada, not only controlled the wrestling game, but had the edge in the stand-up as well. And yes, she agrees with Rogan on that career-best front — but has no plan of stopping there.
“Yeah I think it makes sense. It’s just, you know, my next fight’s going to be even better, so on and so on,” Godinez told media outlets including Cageside Press following the fight, speaking back stage at the Footprint Center.
Her immediate reaction following the win? “I gotta go back to the gym and work hard,” Godinez said, despite her dominance Saturday night. “I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff that I did wrong that I have to fix up. I’ve got to watch the fight again. But I wanted to finish it but I couldn’t, and stuff like that. I have to talk to my coaches, I’m sure they’ll have something to say.”
Godinez broke into the UFC last year, setting modern era records for quickest turnaround time between fights (7 days) and quickest to reach three fights in the promotion. So it was no surprise to hear “Loopy” proclaim she was ready to fight “next weekend if they want.”
But giving it a moment’s thought, Godinez slowed her roll just a smidgen. “Obviously we’ve got to look more into my goal, which is to fight for the belt. I’m just going to wait for the UFC to see what they offer me and my management. The matchmakers and all that. I think they’ve done a really good job with me, so I’m just going to wait for them to give me an opponent. I don’t want to call out any names or anything like that.”
Watch the full UFC 274 post-fight press scrum with Lupita Godinez above. More coverage from the event can be found below.