There was no jumping out of planes for Loopy Godinez after her last bout with Cynthia Calvillo on April 8, but as a pleasing substitute, she got a fight, and that’s just fine with the strawweight prospect. It’s almost like 2021 all over again, when the Mexico native made four UFC appearances in seven months.
And though she tried to be more selective with her activity level in 2022, after her victory over Calvillo, she still felt good enough to get back in the gym and prepare for what she hoped was a June assignment in her adopted home country of Canada.
“In interviews, I said I'm not taking any more short-notice fights,” Godinez said. “I need to start climbing up and be smart taking the fights. Anyways, I was training, and then I'm like, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to fight.’ And then all of a sudden, boom, I get the text.”
Emily Ducote. May 20. Las Vegas.
“My fingers were typing ‘yes’ and my head was saying ‘no,’ but then I sent it,” she laughs.
That’s the Loopy we’ve all come to know and love. Simply put, she’s a different sort of fighter, and that won’t ever change. Does it surprise her that only a select few share her enthusiasm for their chosen profession?
“It doesn't surprise me because I'm something else,” Godinez said in the understatement of the century. “I know I'm something else. (Laughs) I don't know how to say it, but I know not everyone is built like me.”
She’s a hundred percent correct, but in a sport where fighters are often judged by the end result, turning a 4-3 UFC record into 4-4 by losing a short notice fight is risky. Godinez doesn’t agree.
“I just think, what's the worst thing that could happen?” she said. “I lose? I get my face cut up? I get a bruise on my hand or my knee or whatever? A few weeks go by and then I get back to training, and I can fight again in three months and get back to the win column. So I just look at the worst possible scenarios. Then I look at the pro scenarios, the good stuff. Well, my name gets out there, it gets me another win, and I fight. And honestly, Angela Hill and Calvillo are way harder fights than her. I already passed those girls because they have so much experience. And I get another paycheck, and the UFC loves me even more and I get to do what I love one more time, and I got a new contract, so the positives are just so much more positive than the non-positives.”
Can’t argue with that logic, and even though the 29-year-old didn’t get a full camp for the talented Ducote, she did go three hard rounds with Calvillo, and after recovery, she’s probably still sharp both cardio and technique wise. But the question is, if she gets through this weekend’s fight unscathed, is she asking for a date in Vancouver on June 10?
“If they ask me, yeah.”
But is she asking?
“I'm going to see how my body feels, let's see how it goes,” Godinez said. “And then, yeah, definitely. I think I should be good. And it would be amazing to be share a card with Irene (Aldana), too.”
Godinez has made trips to work with some of the top fighters in her native country, including Aldana and flyweight champion Alexa Grasso, and it’s clear that while Canada has been home since she was a teenager, she still misses Mexico, a place she thought she might not see again.
“It was a scary time because when my parents moved us here, it wasn't like they told us anything,” said Godinez. “It was like, ‘Oh, we're going to go to Disneyland.’ And now I'm 14, almost 15. Then they're like, ‘Oh, change of plans.’ To this day, I tell my dad, ‘You owe me a trip.’”
Godinez laughs, knowing that one day she will visit Mickey and Minnie. But for now, she’s got a fistfight on her mind. Full notice, short notice, it doesn’t matter.
“I do love fighting,” she said. “I feel really good and I'm happy, so why not?”
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