LAS VEGAS – Jessica-Rose Clark beat Sarah Alpar with a third-round TKO Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 36 in Las Vegas.
Take a look inside the fight with Clark, who snapped a two-fight skid for her first win since January 2018.
Clark on the fight’s key moment
“That was the most aware I think I’ve ever been in a fight. It felt like I was in the gym. When my coaches are coaching me in the gym, I can have conversations with them. Not having the fans allowed me to put myself back in that environment. Hell yeah, I enjoyed it. That was amazing.”
“You were not down… I never waived the fight off.”
— UFC (@ufc) September 19, 2020
Clark on her improvements
“I feel really good, but maybe not as excited as I could be. I was very nervous tonight, but came in here knowing I could win this fight. So I don’t feel surprised that I did, with how hard I’ve been working. … This feels like the first time I’ve been able to show up on game day. I feel like I’ve been a good gym fighter the last couple years, but haven’t showed up when it comes to fight night. I’m very proud of myself for being able to do that tonight. I just needed to prove to myself that I could concentrate in my fights, be structured, be focused and enjoy it again. This is the door opening for me to have better performances moving forward.”
Clark on what she wants next
“I never stop training and I never stop growing and trying to better my technique. So I don’t care whether it takes me two months, I don’t care whether it takes me nine months to get back in and fight again. My goal is to be the best athlete I can be and the best fighter I can be. That doesn’t usually happen in fight camp. I would rather have a lot of time between fights and be patient and just keep working and keep getting better and keep working on the things I know I need to fix. … I don’t want to go to ‘Fight Island.’ Don’t send me to ‘Fight Island.’”
To hear more from Clark, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.