History will be made Saturday night.
Horth Wessels, 28, said headlining an event is an exceptional accomplishment to have reached so early in her career, and one she certainly wasn’t expecting.
“It’s a pretty cool milestone, even just for women in general being in such a male-dominated sport,” said Horth Wessels in an interview.
“I was pretty excited and surprised at first, but I’ve just been treating it the same way as if I was fighting anywhere else on the card.”
If it wasn’t rewarding enough to be headlining a BFL event, Horth Wessels will get to do so less than 40 minutes from her hometown of Squamish, B.C.
With Squamish being a smaller town and being born and raised there, she said they really like to support their local athletes in any way possible, which is one of the big motivating factors for her career.
“I have a lot of support from local fans and sponsors that really like to see me succeed,” said Horth Wessels.
“I have a pretty good support group and I really feel like that’s my motivation for why I do the things I do and where I am today.”
Horth Wessels remains undefeated, both in her professional career and amateur career, with her professional debut resulting in her first non-decision win.
She said the professional ranks have moulded her into a better, more dangerous fighter, and she’s not expecting this fight to make it the judges scorecards.
“Becoming a pro has changed my game style more into my favour, plus I’ve been training like a professional right from the get-go,” said Horth Wessels.
“I feel like I’m able to showcase my true talents, and I don’t foresee this fight making it through all the rounds.”
Ricker More Than Ready for Pro Debut
Much like Horth Wessels, Ricker, 28, has no intentions of extending her stay in the cage Saturday night, as she also envisions a finish on her end.
Ricker, fighting out of Knoxville, TN, said she had a run of decisions in her amateur career, and is looking to kick off her professional career on the right foot.
“I think it’s going to be explosive. I hope she throws hands, because I’m going to throw hands,” said Ricker in an interview.
“I’m down as long as we don’t go to decision, girl. Let’s fire it up.”
While this may be her professional debut, Ricker is coming off an extensive amateur career, in which she completed with a 4-4 record.
And although this may be first time officially stepping into the cage as a professional, Ricker said she’s been preparing for this her entire amateur career.
“I take things very seriously. My amateur record was to get me to my professional record, so I wanted to walk through my amateur career like a professional and behaving as a professional,” said Ricker.
“I fought some very high-calibre women in my amateur career who are now high-calibre professionals, so I don’t feel like I’ve been pitter-pattering at all on the amateur side.”
This will be Ricker’s fourth time headlining an event, with her previous three main events being all-amateur fight cards.
When she found out she was going to be the main event in her first professional fight, Ricker said she was overwhelmed with excitement and did not expect it.
“I actually called my coach to see if it was really happening because it’s amazing,” said Ricker.
“To be travelling so far and to be headlining the event, I’m super honoured and it really puts a fire under me to put on a good show.”
Horth Wessels’ Shoutouts
“I’d like to thank all my sponsors: Anytime Fitness, Grindhouse Athletics, Wall 2 Wall Flooring, Summit Concrete, Reflex Supplements, Universal MMA, Checkmat Vancouver, D A Horth Contracting, Dr. Amber Kirk at Sky High Lifestyles.”
“I’d like to thank my team and my coaches at Knoxville Martial Arts Academy: Eric Turner, Joey Zonar and Taylor Turner. These folks made me what I am today. I’d also like to thank Frankie Padilla and Chloe Padilla at Frankie’s Body Shop for kicking my butt daily to make me a better athlete and make sure I can go the distance in the cage. Finally, I’d like to thank my sponsor 7Five Clothing Company.”