Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor Heather Jo Clark gets to welcome Invicta FC standout Alexa Grasso to the UFC, and has noticed the vast majority of the attention is going to her opponent.
“The biggest thing I noticed with a lot of the promotions, they were like, ‘The newcomer, Alexa Grasso, fighting.’ And I’m like, ‘Who is she fighting?’ They didn’t even announce me,” Clark told MMAjunkie.
“She’s fighting herself, almost. It’s about her being able to take that pressure and perform. The pressure is not on me; the pressure is all on her. I’m going to go out there, I’m going to have fun, I’m going to enjoy every single minute of it, and I’m going to come out victorious.”
The two women face each other at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 98. Grasso might be the big betting favorite going in, but Clark, who is 13 years older than Grasso, thinks she holds a distinctive advantage in the field of experience in general that can prove to be the difference.
“Just depending on just how she’s been dealing with the nerves and anxiety,” Clark said. “I noticed she’s following me on Instagram. She looks at all my posts, you know like on the Snapchat kind of Instagram. I see she’s always seeing my stuff whereas I’m not really paying attention to what she’s doing. I’m only paying attention to what I’m doing.
“I wonder what that’s getting into her head, if that’s motivating her. Either way, it’s got to be in her head, right? So I think my life experience being a lot more than hers, not just in the fight game but as a person.
“It’s just that experience of beating the odds, literally, and just coming out on top and being able to kind of fight through that adversity.”