UFC Vegas 73’s Lupita Godinez: Trying Not to Love Her Hands

Loopy Godinez, UFC Vegas post-fight Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

Lupita Godinez has been doing judo since she was a child. Her sisters similiarly love the grappling arts. In fact, two of her three younger sisters – Ana and Karla – both compete with the Canadian National Team in wrestling. Despite the Godinez background in the ground game, Lupita has found herself boxing for a large portion of her UFC career.

However, according to Godinez herself, she is trying to get back to her roots a bit more for this week’s UFC Vegas 73 fight.

“I know I haven’t done a lot of wrestling in my fights lately,” Godinez admitted. “But I’m working on not falling in love with my hands too much.”

While she knows that’s where she might be best, she revealed a key factor as to why she sometimes is a little more antsy to throw hands. She may come from a long line of grapplers, but she comes from a tradition of boxers.

“At the end of the day, I have that Mexican blood and I jusat get carried away,” she said with a luagh.

Now tasked with another short notice fight this weekend, Godinez is looking to get in there and show a bit of both. If you ask her for a prediction, she’s not ready to narrow it all the way down, but she does have one that she thinks is most likely.

“I’ve got a few different ones,” Godinez said. “It could be me getting on top from a takedown and just ground and pound.”

She’ll look to make her prediction a reality when she faces noted prospect Emily Ducote. That fight takes place this Saturday as part of the UFC Vegas 73 main card on ESPN+. The main card starts at 7pm EST.

You can hear the entire audio of this interview at 2:32.