‘Little’ Patricia Vidonic who fights out of Team Vidonic in Billings, Montana was nice enough to call us 48 hours away from her rematch with Jessica Aguilar in the Women’s Feature Fight on Bellator’s March 28th card! At the moment Vidonic is sporting a 7-4 record and is looking to get back to her winning ways after a tough decision loss to Felice Herring last December. She sounded great on the phone, ready to fight and had a very positive out look for Thursday nights rematch with Aguilar.
So what got you into the world of MMA and were you always in to contact sports as a kid. As a girl many get that stereotype of avoiding contact sports and such.
Vidonic: I got in to MMA as my husband (her coach), who was just a friend at the time (and a few arm-bars later, love) started training another female in Oregon and I asked if I could try, turns out I had a knack for it. As for when I was a kid I was always athletic and into sports and I would watch boxing with my Grandpa. I was a very big tomboy back then, I am probably more “girly” now than I was then.
That is awesome, speaking about how you got into the sport, do you feel that it is easier for males to get into it rather than females and what are your thought on the huge emergence and exposure of WMMA (women’s MMA) in the last couple of months?
Vidonic: I think it is easier for guys to get in to the sport because of a couple of factors, the main being there are more guys in the sport to fight. It is easier for women to get in to is with the popularity it has gotten though. I think it was great for women to get their foot in the door like Cyborg, Carano and Rousey.
I would agree and they really “opened the door” for lack of a better term for everyone. We see a lot of fighters posting videos now a days on Youtube, twitter and Facebook on what is going on in their training camps, do you feel there are any major differences in the way a women’s fight camp is run as compared to a males?
Vidonic: Not really, I train with guys. I think we have to work just as hard as a guy if not harder because we have more to prove.
We recently witnessed Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche get billed as a barrier breaking fight in the world of MMA. With breaking down barriers comes a lot of criticism and opposition. Do you as a female fighter who fights at the professional level ever encounter that?
Vidonic: EVERYWHERE! It is becoming less taboo but you still see it. I had to have blood drawn for a fight, like all fighters do and the Dr. was very rude to me because I was a female fighter. I don’t know I just ignore it I guess. But it really is getting better, my grandma and grandpa, who are in their 80’s are my biggest fans and still tell the people at church “that is my granddaughter the cage-fighter”, that’s what they call me I love it.
People are starting to realize that we have skills, yes there are some women that publicize themselves in ways that I wouldn’t but hey that is their thing. But we have to have skills and put on great shows. Rhonda has really proven herself and not taken a loss and lots of us including myself have shown how to bounce back after a loss and how resilient we are. Yeah, that is a poke at Gina Carano.
Speaking of bouncing back, Thursday you get a shot to do just that in your rematch vs Jessica Aguilar who last Feb took you to a decision. Looking at that fight in retrospect what are you looking to do different and what have you changed in camp this time?
Vidonic: My plan is simple, don’t make the mistakes I made the first time and don’t get put on my back. I have been working a lot on my boxing and reversals. I heard she has been telling people she is gonna take me down and tap me out in the first on Thursday. That wont happen, especially to her. She is good and I have respect for her and her skills but I don’t fear her and when her plan doesn’t work…well…sorry.
I know your sights are on Aguilar and Thursday and you are not looking into the future, but after this fight what are you hoping is next?
Vidonic: After I get this win I am going to look for more fights. I can only hope Dana White and the UFC are watching me showcase my skills. Don’t get me wrong I am very happy in Bellator and happy to keep with them but the UFC is the top and I want to be the best. Dana keeps talking about the new division but I don’t know a lot of guys fighting at 115lbs so why not another women’s?
Speaking of the UFC their hit reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” just announced this season will be co-ed, what are your thoughts on that?
Vidonic: I don’t watch TV and I think reality shows are a bit silly but hey whatever works for them. I think it is dumb they are doing that and looking for drama but like I said I don’t watch TV.
Yeah I guess you don’t get a lot of time to watch TV when you are training to be the best in the world. Before we finish are there any sponsors or people you would like to mention?
Vidonic:I would really like to thank my coach, training partners and my gym! I would also like to thank all my sponsors which are Training Mask, Polanti Watches, Nutrabio.com, Dawgs 4ever 4ever Dawgs, Get Some Xtreme Wear and Solo Graphics. I would also like to thank my fans, I have the best ones in the world!
Well thank you so much and good luck this Thursday! We look forward to that battle you have Thursday night on Spike.com make sure to tune in and check out “Little” Patricia Vidonic!