By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA
After months, weeks, and days preparing her mind and body for combat inside Urban Sprawl Fitness and countless hours sharpening technique with her MMAGOLD coaches and teammates, Brieta “Tank Girl” Carpenter (am 8-2) only required ten seconds to dismantle her opponent, Serena “The Southpaw Outlaw” Dejesus (am 4-1), for the Tuff-N-Uff bantamweight title at Tuff-N-Uff: Pack the Mack.
Leaving the quiet atmosphere of El Dorado Hills, California for the kaleidoscope of colors lighting up Las Vegas, Nevada, Carpenter was aware the June 25, 2016 fight with Dejesus would be her last as an amateur. Though the evening’s winners of Tuff-N-Uff belts were awarded professional contracts with Pancrase MMA, the naturally built flyweight already signed the dotted line to debut as a pro for Global Knockout (GKO) on August 27, 2016 at GKO 7.
However, according to the scowl on Carpenter’s face when she entered the Tuff-N-Uff cage, the future was the last thing on her mind. Pacing in the blue corner as the announcer concluded the introductions, “Tank Girl” lined Dejesus in her crosshairs and awaited the sound of a bell to fire.
In the amount of time it takes to count alligators before blitzing the quarterback in two-hand touch or counting backwards to welcome the New Year, Carpenter launched right and left hands in combination. Ten seconds into the first round, one of those rights caught the jaw of Dejesus flush like a missile and dropped her to the mat for the ringside physicians to outline in chalk. Following her third win in a row and second amateur bantamweight title, Carpenter’s smile became another spotlight inside the Thomas & Mack Center, shining on those who cheered in unison at such a stunning display of power and precision.
Once the post-fight particulars were finalized, “Tank Girl” took to Instagram to let her fans, friends, and family know that the well-deserved party can begin:
For quite some time, Carpenter’s mindset has matched that of a professional and, now, she can finally compete as one.
Stay tuned to “Tank Girl” (link here) when she makes her pro debut at GKO 7 and continues to prove she’s a force to be reckoned with in women’s mixed martial arts.