UFC 218 went down on Saturday night, Dec. 2, inside the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The highly anticipated fight card hosted a collection of entertaining match ups. Among them, UFC strawweights Amanda Cooper and Angela Magana each fought for a chance to get back inside the winning column.
Cooper was coming off of a first round submission loss to Cynthia Calvillo from UFC 209, as Magana was suffering a four fight losing streak coming into UFC 218. Magana’s most recent octagon performance was a loss to Michelle Waterson back in 2015.
Cooper and Magana threw down in Detroit, with Cooper earning a second round TKO victory over her opponent. Speaking to MMA Junkie after her performance, Cooper revealed that she thinks the UFC does not “need” Magana anymore.
“I don’t think the sport needs her,” Cooper said. “I don’t think the UFC needs her. Maybe she needs it. As soon as I called her out she was on Twitter freaking out. I think she gets something out of it. I don’t mean to be mean, but I think she probably needed that a little bit. I don’t think the sport needs her, but I think she needs it.”
“She convinces herself of false,” Cooper continued. “I can’t imagine losing as many times as she has in a row or not fighting after two years. I can’t imagine going through all the things she went through. Hurricane, no electricity, not training. I can’t imagine going through all that and being confident. I don’t think she says the thing she says on Twitter and social media to amp herself up. I don’t think she’s faking it. I think she truly believes she’s great.
“Every time I’ve lost I’m like, ‘Man, I suck.’ I have to think about it and go home and build myself up. She’s lost and lost and lost and hasn’t fought in a few years and still thinks she’s the toughest (expletive) in the world. Maybe she’s just mentally stronger than most. I don’t know what she’s going to think after this. I feel bad for saying that, but good for her.”