Flyweight Rainn Guerrero is already planning her next move.
Guerrero (5-1) picked up her fifth win on November 6, 2022 when she defeated former UFC fighter and MMA veteran Christina Marks via unanimous decision.
While it was a dominant unanimous decision, and the Texas native was happy with her performance, Guerrero was disappointed she didn’t get the finish, especially because it was her Fury FC debut.
“I was happy with [the fight]. I showed a lot of growth, and I did fix a lot of things that I had wanted to from my last fight with Olivia [Beeskau], but not getting that finished again is haunting me,” Guerrero told Cageside Press in an exclusive interview. “That’s what happened with Olivia, I should have finished her, and I should have finished this girl, but it just slipped right through me. So that is the main thing bad thing that is, you know, weighing on me and stuff like that.”
“But other than that, I mean, like I said, I was pleased with the volume that I kept and the pace that I kept it. It really was wearing on her in the third round, like I can hear her [breathing hard]. I was also pleased with me just letting my hands go, even though I kind of let go of some of the crispness in the middle of those exchanges and stuff. And just the fact that I was letting my hands go, which was the main thing that I didn’t do with Olivia, so you know, those couple of things and improvements that I showed and stuff. So yeah, overall, I’m happy, but I’m not gonna let another finish get by me; that’s already two in a row. I’m not gonna let that happen again.”
Guerrero went 3-0 in 2022 and is looking to build upon it next year. She has a clear plan on how to get to the UFC. Fight for the Fury FC flyweight title, defend it once, and then get on Dana White’s Contender Series.
“We’re looking at a title shot in January, in San Antonio at the end of January. So I’m gonna stop being fat now because I’ve had a good 72 hours of just total bullsh*t,” Guerrero said. “2023, I definitely want to be in the UFC by the end of the year. I’m not trying to rush it because I know that there are a lot of short-notice opportunities; you know, the UFC, they’ll call you in two weeks to fight a top 15 fighter. It’s like a gang initiation. It’s crazy… but right now, in the perfect world, a perfect game plan is I’ll get my title in January, defend it in the summer, and then look at the Contender Series in the fall.
Watch the rest of our interview with Rainn Guerrero above.