Jocelyn Lybarger Signed To The UFC

Jocelyn Lybarger, a 2003 graduate of Granite Hills High School, has achieved her dream of reaching the highest level of mixed martial arts.

She was signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday to a four-fight contract to become the newest member of the women’s strawweight division at 115 lbs. Her inclusion is the result of Michelle Waterson suffering an injury, thus not being able to step into The Octagon on Dec. 12 against Tecia Torres at UFC 194.

Lybarger won the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) strawweight title with a win over Zoila Frausto in October. The RFA gave Lybarger enough time to sit back and wait for the UFC to give her a call and released her from her contract. She knew that call was coming, but not exactly when. She finally received it in the middle of last week while driving her car.

“Just getting the call from Sean Shelby [UFC matchmaker],” she said, “I was driving and I had to pull over and I started crying.”

Lybarger is now a part of UFC 194 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, arguably one of the most important cards of the year considering it features the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor and the middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold. Lybarger is honored to be a part of it, even if it’s only in the preliminary action.

“To be in the biggest card of the year,” she said, “it’s insane.

In Torres, Lybarger faces an undefeated opponent with a 6-0 record on just 15 days notice. Lybarger said the 26-year-old out of Fort Lauderdale will certainly try for the takedown, but since Lybarger has been training since her previous fight in October, she said she feels good and confident.

“She’s a fast little thing,” Lybarger said. “She likes to stand but doesn’t like getting hit in the face, but then again, who does? So she’ll go for the takedown.”

Lybarger will enter the fight with a 6-1 record. The UFC 194 preliminaries will kick off at 3:30 p.m on Fox Sports 1.

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