Leah McCourt, an MMA nerd, confesses that her TV job helped her prepare for Bellator 259’s return.
MMA superstar from Northern Ireland claims she improved her skills during her injury hiatus.
Leah McCourt of Northern Ireland returns to Bellator 259 on Friday night, ready with her MMA abilities and another important weapon: her analytical MMA mind.
Against the preliminary event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, former IMMAF amateur world and European champion McCourt takes on Australia’s Janay Harding in a contest between two of the most promising up-and-coming featherweight prospects.
The 28-year-old hasn’t fought since defeating Judith Ruis in the main event of Bellator 240 in Dublin in February 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic, along with her recuperation from shoulder surgery, prompted the boxer known as “The Curse” to miss more than a year of activity.
But she’s back and determined to create a name for herself as she works her way up Bellator’s women’s featherweight division.
During a virtual media day session before of fight night, she told reporters, “I guess I’m the least experienced (fighter) in the entire division.”
“I’ve only had four fights, but last year I was the headliner in a Dublin arena.
“It’s wonderful to be recognized, but it all comes down to me and my performance in every fight, and all I have to do now is raise the bar every time I fight.”
However, improving your performance when you are unable to workout is a difficult undertaking. During her lengthy layoff, though, McCourt opted to hone one component of her combat arsenal: her mind.
McCourt joined Bellator’s European broadcast team as an analyst last year, where she gave her technical knowledge and comments on the fights that took place in Milan and Paris.
And McCourt expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to master a new skill while also honing her analytical skills in front of the camera.
She explained, “It felt fantastic to still be part.”
“I’m a bit of a mixed martial artist nerd. I was continuously watching fights and studying fighters, knowing that with my expertise, I would be able to do it.
“Sitting back and watching and analyzing and looking at different opponents and seeing what they bring to the table was definitely enjoyable.
“Over the previous 15 months, I’ve learned a lot. It’s not in the gym where I’m smashing my body.”Brinkwire Summary News”.