Heading into her upcoming fight at UFC Norfolk this weekend, Megan Anderson says she’s in a great place mentally and is ready for undefeated Norma Dumont.
Megan Anderson will face the undefeated Norma Dumont who makes her Octagon debut at UFC on ESPN+ 27. The event takes place at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, VA. and is headlined by Joseph Benavidez and Deiveson Figueiredo who are fighting for the vacant UFC Flyweight title.
Following her 1st-round submission loss to Felicia Spencer at UFC Rochester in May, Anderson made her comeback with a 1st-round submission win of her own against Zarah Fairn at UFC 243.
In that fight, Megan Anderson looked liked she had found her groove inside the Octagon, crediting her newfound mentality for it. Turning 30 years of age, with a lot of soul searching, she’s found herself in a great place.
“It’s really funny because when I turned 29, I flew home and I surprised my parents for my 29th birthday and I was absolutely dreading [turning] 30,” Anderson told BJPENN.com. “I was like, ‘oh my god’. All of the milestones I expected myself to have by the time I turned 30, I was nowhere even close to that happening. Then the Rochester fight happened and I was like, ‘well, s**t! This is my career, what the f**k is going on with that?’ I was dreading 30 so bad.”
“Over the last, I would say, three to six months, I just hit a different kind of vibe,” Anderson said. “I just don’t give a s**t, anymore. I really don’t. I have this great sense of who I am and the type of person that I am, the positivity that I want to surround myself with. I really kind of felt that my patience, hard work and dedication is going to pay off. Big things are still to come and I’m ready for when it happens.”
One of the downsides of being in the limelight – especially in mixed martial arts – is having to deal with some of the trolls and haters amongst the fans. There are plenty of passionate fans who enjoy the sport, the athletes and recognize the hard work it takes to get into a Octagon and fight another human being. Unfortunately, there are also many who are quite judgmental and harsh towards these athletes.
Megan Anderson has had a lot of hate and negativity come her way throughout her career, but she has learned to take it all in stride. Anderson admits that she feels like a giant mental weight has been lifted off of her shoulders. She continues to work hard to build the so-very important mental toughness needed to be a professional MMA fighter on the biggest stage in the sport.
“It really is [a freeing feeling],” Anderson explained. “The amount of s**t and s**t talking people have given me, a lot of hate, it used to get to me all the time. Man, I just laugh about s**t now. If anything, I just feel sorry for those people now. I’m doing my thing, I’m getting mine, making sure I get paid, making sure I’m getting what I’m worth. I’m just doing me. I just feel sorry for those people because not one second of my day goes by that things negatively towards somebody else. The idea of going online and saying some s**t, it says more about them than me. It really is freeing to get to this point. It just takes a lot to get there, that’s for sure.”
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com 26th February, 2020.
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