“I’m at a point where I’m just going to get done,” she said. “I’m going to come and fight, I’m going to try to achieve incredible performances and I’m going to try to raise my hand every time. And whatever they want to do (with the division), they will do it. I have no control over this. I can’t control this. All I can control is me. I will bow my head and work. “
This is an attitude that Anderson shares with his trainer, James Krause. Yes, the same James Krause who is fighting in the UFC welterweight division but took a middleweight fight against Trevin Giles on a day’s notice earlier this month. It is called practicing what you preach. But beyond what Krause brings to the Octagon or the training hall, Anderson appreciates that his trainer always has an overview and acts accordingly.
“I think the only advantage of being able not only to be trained by James, but to have him as a friend and brother, is that whether in combat or out of combat, he never asked us anything that he is unwilling to do it himself. or happened in similar situations, “she said. “And I think the nice thing about James is that he’s real. He is not delusional and he does not cut corners and he is the poster of hard work and consistency and patience. It has been incredible for me to see, since the first time I have been here, how people are finally starting to see his value, not just the value he brings as a competitor, but what he brings as a coach, what he brings as a businessman, what he brings as a father. I couldn’t be happier to finally see him get the recognition he deserves. “
Anderson begins to gain full recognition. She got it when she was at Invicta FC, and then after a few trips to the UFC, it came back right away. And just in time for a fighter who could reach his peak. Yet while the immediate goals are to keep fighting, keep winning and ultimately challenge a UFC belt, Anderson, like Krause, thinks about life after hanging up the gloves.
“I have just turned 30 and I still have good years left, but I am also realistic,” she said. “I can’t fight forever and I don’t want to fight forever. I’m not unrealistic in the mindset that my body can handle fights forever. The stress and the consequences that your body undergoes to be able to fight at the highest level, you cannot fight forever. So I’m trying to get into two or three different things, broaden my horizons and prepare for the moment. I think it also comes with age, experience and life skills. “