Bruna Vargas wants another shot at Emily Ducote after Katy Collins at Bellator 181

Bruna Vargas has something in common with her flyweight opponent tonight at Bellator 181, and it’s not something she’s probably happy about.

Vargas (2-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) is coming off a submission loss to Emily Ducote, just like Katy Collins (6-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) is. Collins’ loss came earlier this year at Bellator 174. Vargas has had nearly a year to think about her own rear-naked choke setback to Collins, which was the first loss of her career.

Emily Ducote and Bruna Vargas

“It was a very different experience for me,” Vargas said. “It was near the start of my MMA career. A lot was weighing on me prior to my Bellator debut. I couldn’t do a complete camp. I arrived in Rio de Janeiro (to train) 15 days before the fight. I hadn’t matured or learned enough to be in a big organization. Over the last year, I did mature and learn. I trained twice as much, and today I know I’m ready to fight in one of the world’s biggest promotions.”

In the meantime, Ducote kept moving on and kept fighting, inclduing the win over Collins. Vargas was sidelined and couldn’t keep pressing on in the same kind of time frame she’d have liked to.

“She’s an intelligent fighter,” Vargas said of Ducote. “She kept fighting and improving. She deserves what she’s earned, and to be fighting often. I was injured at the end of last year, so that delayed my Bellator return even more. I was supposed to come back the end of December.”

At Bellator 181, which takes place at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., Vargas will have a chance to rebound against Collins on the prelims, which stream on MMAjunkie ahead of a main card on Spike.

Vargas, from Brazil, said she’s been able to have a good look at her opponent.

“We were able to study her well,” Vargas said. “Katy is a bit impatient. She tries to win in a hurry. She moves forward with strikes, looking to clinch and for takedowns. I believe that’s what she’ll do. She won’t wait long and she’ll look to close the distance. We’re ready for that.

“I don’t think her game will change much. She doesn’t have any victories or losses by decision because she always tries to win in the first round.”

But after Collins, Vargas wants to get busy. After all, going about a year between fights has her itching. She also wants another chance to fight Ducote (5-2 MMA, 3-1 BMMA), who coincidentally fights on Friday’s card against Jessica Middleton.

And don’t think for a second Vargas won’t be having a close look.

“After this fight, I plan to start fighting more often,” she said. “I would like the opportunity to face Emily Ducote again. And I have an eye out for whoever fights for the belt in our weight class.”

For more on Bellator 181, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator 181 sees Brittney Elkin step in to face Amanda Bell, Katy Collins vs. Bruna Vargas added

Featherweight prospect Brittney Elkin is set to make her Bellator debut on Friday night at “Bellator 181: Campos vs. Girtz 3” in Thackerville, Okla.

Elkin (3-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) steps in on short notice to face Amanda Bell (4-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a rematch from April 2014. Bell’s original opponent for Friday’s card, Alexis Dufresne, withdrew from the event due to undisclosed reasons, leaving an opportunity for Elkin to sign on for her most high-profile fight to date.

Also confirmed for the Bellator 181 preliminary card is a flyweight matchup between proven finisher Katy Collins (6-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and highly-touted Brazilian Bruna Vargas (2-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), who seeks redemption after dropping her Bellator debut this past year.

MMAjunkie recently confirmed the updated fight bookings with Bellator officials.

Elkin has won two of her past three fights, including a decision victory over Bellator contender Gabrielle Holloway. The Colorado native makes a quick return to action after scoring a first-round TKO win two weeks ago under the Sparta Combat League banner.

Bell halted a two-fight losing skid by defeating Holloway in a February bout for King of the Cage, which earned her a Bellator contract and a spot on Friday’s card. She will look to make it two-for-two against Elkin, whom she submitted with a second-round rear-naked choke in the pair’s first meeting three years ago.

Collins racked up a stellar five-fight winning streak – including four first-round stoppages – leading into her bout with top Bellator flyweight contender Emily Ducote at Bellator 174 in March, but she succumbed to a Ducote rear-naked choke very late in the opening round.

Like her opponent, Vargas also looks to get back in the win column after suffering a loss to Ducote at Bellator 159. She has not fought in almost a full year, but plans to get back into contention in Bellator’s ever-expanding 125-pound women’s division with a win on Friday.

In addition to the Elkins-Bell and Collins-Vargas preliminary-card bouts, Bellator 181 includes a main-card flyweight showdown between the aforementioned Ducote (5-2 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) and promotional mainstay Jessica Middleton (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA).

The Bellator 181 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz
  • Kendall Grove vs. John Salter
  • Emily Ducote vs. Jessica Middleton
  • Steve Garcia vs. Joe Warren

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Romero Cotton vs. Aaron Rodriguez
  • Rafael Lovato vs. Mike Rhodes
  • Justin Lawrence vs. Treston Thomison
  • Valentin Moldavsky vs. Carl Seumanutafa
  • Jordan Howard vs. Johnny Marigo
  • Andre Fialho vs. A.J. Matthews
  • Amanda Bell vs. Brittney Elkin
  • Kemmyelle Haley vs. Logan Storley
  • William Florentino vs. Jonathan Gary
  • E.J. Brooks vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos
  • Katy Collins vs. Bruna Vargas
  • Guillermo Gonzalez vs. Fernando Trevino

For more on Bellator 181, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie