Hard-hitting Kentucky submission ace Gina Begley said in an April 25 YouTube post that she was pleased with her performance at Invicta FC 12, as she proved to the world that she belongs on the grandest stage for elite female fighters. Begley, 34, made her pro debut at Invicta FC 12, stepping up on short notice to battle Sijara Eubanks.
While she was stopped in the first round, Begley took positives from the defeat. She did well in the standup department, arguably winning the first three minutes of action until Eubanks took the fight to the mat and finished with strikes. “I’m not really happy with the loss, but it is what it is. You take a last minute fight against a multiple time world class grappling champion and I think it’s expected that once the fight hits the ground, it might be over,” Begley said moments after her fight with Eubanks. “But I think I showed that I have some really good skills.
“And I think the promotion will not be disappointed to bring me back again.” Begley proved to be a very game opponent for Eubanks. Unfortunately for the Kentucky standout, the fight was stopped with just one second left on the clock in the first round. Was it stopped early? Begley thinks she could have survived the final second of action, but she’s not blaming ref John McCarthy for stopping it when he did.
“I feel like it was a stoppage that was done based on a stupid mistake that I made,” Begley noted. “I heard the 10-second bell, the clap that goes off. And I thought ‘okay I had been doing really well and I just have to wait out these 10 seconds, so let me keep my fight moving.’ She hit me and I covered my face, but I was keeping my feet moving.
“When I heard him stop it, I was like ‘oh my God, no,’ because of course I felt like maybe I could start the second round fresh. So not maybe an early stoppage so much as a stoppage that I kind of caused by making a dumb mistake.”
What’s next for Begley? Despite getting stopped in the first round, she didn’t sustain much damage and she says she’s ready to go as soon as Invicta FC calls again. “I feel fantastic,” Begley said. “I’d like to fight more often. I’ve been trying to make my pro debut for a while. Promotions in Kentucky are always trying to find me a pro fight. Maybe it’ll be a little easier now.
“If Invicta calls again, I’d really like to fight for them again. It was a dream come true to make my pro debut for them.” Begley stepped in for the injured Roma Pawelek to fight Eubanks at Invicta FC 12, so she definitely helped out the promotion by saving a key fight on the preliminary card. It’s highly likely that she’ll be back in action sooner rather than later.