María José Favela returns to Invicta FC with more confidence in her boxing: "my fear was always my hands"

Invicta FC celebrates its first card of 2022 this Wednesday, where the Mexican María José ‘Leona’ Favela will have her second appearance in the women’s promotion against Sarah Kleczka.

Favela (2-1), originally from San Juan del Río, Querétaro, began her professional career in Tijuana, where she won two UWC bouts before moving to Invicta FC, losing by unanimous decision in May of last year.

Since then, it has been months of adjustments for Favela. He decided to move permanently to Las Vegas, where he trains at Extreme Couture with Dennis Davis and works his boxing with Jorge Capetillo, who recently accepted more mixed martial arts fighters like former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis into his gym.

“When I started fighting MMA, my fear was always my hands. I wrote to coach Capetillo and from the first day there was a click, I began to notice many things that I did not know about the game. I developed the camp with much more confidence with him in my team, he has an impressive experience”, explained Favela in an interview with ESPN Deportes.

In addition to the camp move, Favela took his first fight at 135 pounds, in a rehearsal that could become permanent if his body responds as expected.

The 28-year-old Mexican has a short record, but has become accustomed to working with some of the best exponents in the world, such as her main training partner Cynthia Calvillo, Cortney Casey or Bi Nguyen ‘Killer Bee’. In addition to the former monarch Miesha Tate and the current champion of the 135 pounds of the UFC, Julianna Peña.

“It has helped me a lot, for example, working wrestling with Miesha Tate. At first my goal was to stop a takedown or I’m going to get up if she throws me and now I try to take her down, it also has to do with all the knowledge she has shared with me, “he explained.

As for Peña, Favela traveled to Chicago for the closing of the camp prior to UFC 269, when the ‘Venezuelan Vixen’ stripped Brazilian Amanda Nunes of her crown.

“I didn’t know her and I had to give her width, because she was preparing for a title fight and her coach told me that I had the style of Amanda Nunes. She was super nice to me, I got off the plane and went straight to sparring, she hits hard, all the sparrings we did were to kill and she also has a very good jiujitsu, “he shared.

After seeing Julianna become champion, she felt it was time to return to the Invicta FC cage, with which she has a contract: “It gave me confidence, when she won I told my manager to give me a fight, it was a key part for me to have been part of that camp”.

Although Kleczka is 2-3, she has never been finished as a professional and won all seven of her amateur fights, so Favela cannot be neglected.

“I know she is a veteran and has experience. He comes to war and I don’t underestimate any opponent, but for this one I’m going quite strong and I’m going much more complete”, confessed Favela.

Wednesday’s undercard will feature the rematch between Alesha Zappitella and Jessica Delboni for the 105-pound title in Kansas City, Kansas.