Alyse Anderson believes that winning the ONE Championship is more important than winning the Invicta FC championship.
Anderson (5-1) has signed with the Asian-based promotion following three fights under the Invicta FC banner. She requested her release from Invicta FC with one fight remaining on her contract.
While she enjoyed her time there, the 25-year-old found it difficult to get up for a fight and wanted to advance in her career.
“I’m not interested in going back to Invicta,” Anderson told MMA Junkie Radio. “I don’t want to hate on their promotion or anything, they’re a great promotion. But I just for me feel like I’d rather fight exclusively for ONE and just being the atomweight champion for Invicta doesn’t get me pumped up and excited. That’s another reason why I wanted this change so bad because when I felt like they were trying to find me a matchup with Invicta, I didn’t have that same excitement to get back to camp.
“I didn’t even want to take time off work, a leave of absence for fight camp, because I just feel like I personally outgrew the promotion and was just ready for, like, the next thing. But I still think it’s a great promotion, and they did so much for me, but I just don’t care to be the atomweight champion for them.”
Anderson will compete in the ONE Championship atomweight grand prix, with the winner getting a fight at current champion Angela Lee. Anderson will face Itsuki Hirata in the first round of “ONE Championship: Empower,” which will be broadcast live on B/R Live on Sept. 3.
Check out the video below to see the entire interview with Anderson.
Source: USA Today