Bec Hyatt – Your Next WMMA Star
It was the left hook that changed my perception of Women’s MMA forever. Back in April of this year Bec Hyatt took to the ring at AFC (Australian Fighting Championship) 3 in what was one of the most anticipated fights of the night. For me I wasn’t expecting much and would have been happy if either girl won.
Boy was I surprised.
Making quick work of Daniela Marjanovic (twenty-one seconds to be precise) Bec showed everybody what she was capable of in a Mixed Martial Arts fight and she showed that WMMA can be on par, if not better than the mens. My view had changed and I was now a believer.
Bec Hyatt is now sporting a record of 3 wins with just one loss, the only blemish on her record was in her first professional fight after training for just one year (and having a child in that time mind you). Looking to take her love for punching people in the face global, Bec knows all too well that the next fight is always the most important one. “I have been training twice a day, six times a week” she explains “I am really excited to be in the first WMMA fight for Nitro. It’s great and I really can’t wait.” Nitro is one of Australia’s top MMA organizations and it’s a testament that if they are giving WMMA a spot on their card, it truly is picking up in the country.
Bec’s next fight is slated for October 20th and she knows for sure that there may be people coming along to see her lose. “People are either going to come to watch me win or lose” she laughed. “Either way it doesn’t bother me, I love the support but also love to go out there and put the whooping on. People who want to see me lose fuel me just as much as the ones who want to see me win” she explained. Having such a large fan base is a great thing for a fighter who is looking to breakout in the overseas market and Bec doesn’t hide her intentions on taking her handiwork overseas. “I have been knocking on Invicta’s door for a while now. I want to fight there. I want to show that I am the best” she explained. It’s tough for any female fighters to make it big in the sport, let alone in Australia where the 52kg weight division is scarce of people that Bec can fight. “I was so happy that Nitro bought in International talent for me to fight, it really shows that they see the potential in Women’s MMA and they know that we will put on a hell of a show” Bec stated.
On her opponent Bec was not only excited about the step up in competition but also what it would mean for her in the bigger picture. “Samia is a an opponent with some real credibility” Bec started, “She comes in with a great boxing background, she’s a good wrestler and I am looking forward to fighting an international opponent for the first time.” Samia Salim is making her MMA debut against Bec, however she is no stranger to competition, having represented Egypt in Boxing at the Olympics. “It’s going to be a great fight” Bec promised. “I can’t wait to get in there, Nitro is always a great show and I am so proud to be fighting on it. Some of my team mates have fought on Nitro and it really is amazing.”
Always one fight ahead, Bec is eying a return to competition in Tasmania after her fight at Nitro and she has not kept it a secret as to who she would like to fight. On The Underground Forum Bec has called out Alex Chambers who is trying to make a run for Invicta herself. Bec has openly stated that she would fight Alex in Tasmania however something went awry during the fight negotiations. “I am still waiting for an opponent at this stage but I will fight anybody they put in front of me.” Bec explained.
Inside the cage Bec loves to entertain and her finishes are often the most entertaining of the night. “I was disappointed that I went to decision in my last fight. I love to go out there and try to win. It’s kill or be killed in this sport and that’s why I love it.” Bec explained. She isn’t wrong, and it is this kind of attitude that makes her the best ambassador for WMMA in Australia, fans love to see finishes and Bec is one of those fighters that will stop at nothing to get one.
Nitro 7 is set to end the year with a bang and there is no doubt that Bec Hyatt will be a huge part of that. Taking fights with any opponent is something that Bec doesn’t have to worry about, unlike the men of the sport who have started to pick and choose their fights more carefully, the women don’t have that same luxury. “There aren’t as many opponents at my weight, so anybody who steps up I am happy with.” Bec explained. Whilst a string of wins may strengthen Bec’s already high chances of getting her shot at being signed by Invicta FC, Bec just wants to fight the best competition that she can, after all, to be the best you have to be fighting the best.
The dream of fighting at an elite level is a tempting thought for Bec but she keeps her mind on the job at hand at all times, Nitro is undoubtedly Queensland’s biggest MMA show and a win at this level would certainly throw Bec into the limelight, like all good fighters though Bec doesn’t get ahead of herself. “At the moment I am just focussing on fighting ” Bec concluded and whether that is in Brisbane, Tasmania or in the United States I would imagine it doesn’t matter too much to her, as long as there is someone ready to stand opposite her she will continue to do what she loves. Having opponents is always the first obstacle to overcome; with such a limited talent pool getting a fight signed is often half the battle.
If you aren’t quite sold on WMMA yet and you still have your doubts, wait and see what Bec Hyatt can do inside that cage! Things are about to get “Rowdier”!