For a year and a half, Mexican Invicta FC strawweight fighter, Monsterrat “Conejo” Ruiz (8-1), has been waiting to return to the cage to fight again for her fans. After a loss in her debut fight for the organization against Danielle Taylor, followed by an injury, Ruiz will make her return this Thursday night in the main event against former Invicta strawweight title contender, Janaisa Moradin (10-3) at Invicta FC 41 on UFC Fight Pass. “I’m excited to be in the main event,” said Ruiz. “I feel great and have been training ever since I’ve been able to after the injury and surgery. I’ve been ready for the call from Invicta.”
Dealing with her first professional loss, the road to recovery from her injury and the quarantine lockdown, Ruiz still kept her training very similar to how its always been, knowing she would get her chance for redemption sooner than later. “During this quarantine, the training never stopped,” explained Ruiz. “We took mats to the house and have been training every day. It’s been a very long camp.”
As Mexican fighters such as Alexa Grasso and Irene Aldana have made their way to the UFC and had much success via Invicta FC, Ruiz wants the same for herself and knows her time is now. “I know the big names like Grasso and Aldana, now they are in the UFC and they are Mexican and they both main evented in Invicta and then they eventually moved on to the UFC representing Mexico.” said Ruiz. “I look to be following in those footsteps and making it to the big stage as soon as possible.”
And knowing she has the support of her hometown fans behind her, Ruiz is ready to get back in the win column and continue her rise in the sport. “With this long layoff there was a lot of talk that Conejo might be done,” said Ruiz. “But I’m going to show everyone that I’m not done, I’m here and I’m ready. I’m very happy to represent Mexico and Latin America. I want to show my fans that there is still more in me. There is still more Conejo.”
Invicta FC 41 is Thursday, July 30th from Kansas City, Kansas and will stream live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 7pm CT.
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