On Saturday night, at UFC on ESPN 41, Yazmin Jauregui left quite an impact on those in attendance, and that impression included Dana White.
After Jauregui (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) defeated fellow promotional debutante Iasmin Lucindo (13-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a fight that went three rounds and ended in a majority decision, the president of the UFC was there to congratulate her outside the cage.
“He was very happy with the performance,” Jauregui told MMA Junkie and other reporters at a post-fight news conference. “(He said) that he was very happy with the fight and how it went down. He was very excited to see me fighting in the future. He expects bigger things from me in the future.”
Although her immediate fate is uncertain, most indicators point to a positive outlook for Jauregui’s life in the years to come. She is willing to face any opponent or compete in any venue that the UFC has available, but she would prefer to return in November so that she and her training partner and another UFC fighter Silvana Gomez Juarez can get ready for their fight together.
“I would really like to look into November because I’d (fight) with Silvana right there,” Jauregui said. “It would be so cool to have a hard-fought camp with her and do camp together. We can propel each other shoulder-to-shoulder and work hard for a fight. It would be really cool. We have a lot of good things coming up for us and it would be really good to go through camp with her. … Wherever they put me, we’re going to fight.
“… Whoever they put in front of me. I do not want to get ahead of myself. I want to continue to be humble. I want to go step by step and understand what needs to be done. I’m always very humble. I understand that I want to have an opponent that I can train for that will not find the holes that were found tonight.”