Finding a fight is becoming harder than it should be for Lupita Godinez.
Since her last bout in May, a first round submission win over Ashlee Mastin, Godinez, 25, has been trying feverishly to secure her next fight, but with little success.
“Right now, I’m 2-0 and I feel like I’m a tough fight for anybody. I just feel like no one wants to hurt their record. Everyone just wants to have easy fights and get into the big show,” said Godinez in an interview.
“It’s kind of annoying. A lot of people are focusing more on having great pictures and great content on their Instagram, but they’re not fighting.”
Throughout her professional and amateur career, Godinez has never backed down from any opponent, sharing the cage with the likes of Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels, Morgan Engelhardt, and Alexandra Delgado-Lopez.
At this point of her career, Godinez said their isn’t any particular fighter she’d like to face, but would like to call on any female at strawweight or flyweight to step to the plate.
“Whoever is 115 or 125, let’s just do it. There’s no reason why not to do it,” said Godinez.
“If you say you’re a fighter, you should fight.”
Despite living in B.C., four of Godinez’s last five fights have been south of the border, largely due to willing opponents there.
And as much as she’d like to have the opportunity to fight closer to home, she said she’s willing to travel anywhere she needs to in order to secure a fight.
“I don’t care; I’ll go to China if I get a fight there. I don’t care at this point,” said Godinez.
“I don’t have a contract right now, so I’ll fight anywhere. We don’t care; we just want to fight.”
In the professional ranks, there are only eight female fighters in Western Canada who have been active in the past two years, two of which are fighting for major promotions.
While reaching the UFC is the end goal, Godinez said she’d also like to reach a point in her career where she is able to influence more women to start competing in MMA.
“I would like to encourage more females to fight,” said Godinez.
“As a female, you don’t have to show your body to make it somewhere in life.”