Australian Jessica-Rose Clark will press ahead with her UFC flyweight fight against Paige VanZant in St Louis, despite having her home burgled and losing a pet.
Clark will fight on Monday afternoon (AEDT), a few days after losing $US30,000 ($A42,000) worth of goods and having her cat Dwight put down after it was attacked during the incident in her Las Vegas apartment.
It occurred after the 30-year-old Queenslander had left for St Louis, where she will contest just her second UFC bout.
“The police are launching a full investigation,” Clark tweeted.
She showed a nice sense of dark humour, joking she had to fight to pay for some new shoes.
Clark is ranked 10th in the new women’s flyweight division following her UFC debut win over compatriot Bec Rawlings in Sydney last November.
VanZant, who is ranked 11th in the lighter strawweight division, has moved up to flyweight.
The 23-year-old American hasn’t fought for just more than a year, but has inside the distance wins over Australians Rawlings and Alex Chambers.
But Clark is isn’t concerned VanZant has any weapons which will pose her problems.
“I don’t really think that there are any,” Clark told AAP before news of her misfortune emerged.
“But that’s the beautiful thing. You can’t predict how easy it’s going to happen, you can’t predict what anyone is going to do.”
VanZant, who is well known outside the octagon for being on the American version of Dancing with the Stars, isn’t focusing on Clark.
“How I’m going to win the fight is by making the fight my own, not focus too much on her style and what she brings to the table,” VanZant said on the UFC website.
“I need to make it my fight and make her have to adjust to what I’m doing.
“I’m going to push the pace.”
Clark views the fight as a chance to get herself more widely known after making her UFC debut less than two months ago.
“It’s evolved a lot quicker than what I thought, but the exact speed that I hoped it would,” Clark said.
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