Lupita Godínez represents two countries with pleasure, but it was not a voluntary decision. 11 years ago, when Mexico was hit by a wave of violence, his father was the victim of extortion and threats, and had to leave everything to move his family from Aguascalientes to Vancouver, Canada in search of a new life.
“They told my sisters and I it was a vacation, that we were going to Disney, but we got to Vancouver, where we had to start from scratch. My dad had his business in Mexico and here he had to learn to do many things, from washing cars, while we found a way to earn a living, ”explained Godínez, who is fighting for the second time in seven days this Saturday at UFC Fight Night ( 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +).
Although he had practiced judo formally in Mexico, it was not until he began living in Canada that he decided to enter the world of mixed martial arts. “We were watching a UFC event and Ronda Rousey was the champion. I remember seeing her and telling my boyfriend, that’s what I want to do. So I started to train jiu-jitsu and from there I started my career in MMA. “
‘Loopy’ stayed in Vancouver and began a career on the local scene that led her to remain undefeated until she became an LFA champion last year, one of the promoters who open the door to the UFC.
The call came early for the Mexican and she responded with even more speed, with just two weeks’ notice to face former 115-pound belt contender Jessica Penne on April 17. The fight resulted in a split decision against him.
After months of asking for a new opportunity – she even raised her hand to fight Sarah Alpar at 135 pounds eight days in advance – she had to wait until last October 9 to return to the Octagon, when she took the victory against Argentina’s Silvana Gómez Juárez by submission and won the performance bonus of the night.
“In this fight I said that I would look better than ever and that’s how it happened. I plan to always look better and I’m hungry, I already want to go back to training, ”she said after the victory.
However, Godínez was unable to return to the gym.
He was resting with his family, 72 hours after his triumph, when he received the call and a new opportunity: a fight at 125 pounds against the Brazilian Luana Carolina, replacing Sijara Eubanks, a week after winning his first fight in the UFC that It would allow him to make history in the world’s largest MMA promoter.
If she wins, the Mexican would have the modern era record for the shortest time between victories; currently the mark is 10 days old by Khamzat Chimaev, who accomplished the feat last year.
Win or lose, that ‘warrior’ brood that fans (and UFC managers) like so much will continue to open doors for Lupita for her date with history.