| | Tara Larosa - 'I Want Megumi Fujii'
from ADCC News
We caught up with top rated female MMA fighter at her home in Philadelphia, PA. She is preparing for the FILA World Trials. Between training sessions at Philadelphia's Fight Factory with Eddie Alvarez and many others, Larosa spoke about a wide range of subjects.
In mid December she travels to California where the FILA Team Trials for Submission Grappling go down at Sierra College in Rocklin. Already assured of a spot for the World games in Luzern, Switzerland next year, Larosa is primarily looking to compete and stay sharp.
Larosa, who competed at 132 lbs at the 2007 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships, is also looking forward to the 2009 competition. Though not a lot of details are available for the 8th edition of the ADCC, the competition was hot on Larosa's mind. "Last ADCC I competed at 132 lbs and I finished second, and the competition was great. It's amazing, because I lost to Kyra Gracie, and it was a great competition. This year I'm hoping to compete at 121 lbs". Larosa, who also did well in the Absolutes at ADCC is aware that at the lower weight class, her chances for the Absolute become slimmer, but she revealed a different motivation.
When asked why the weight drop, Larosa stated, "aside from the World games for FILA where that is my weight, I really want to compete against Megumi Fujii. I want to rematch Kyra too but that can wait. There is a lot of talk that Fujii can beat me and I feel like there is only one way to find out. I mean, she came in 3rd at the ADCC. Truth is Felicia Oh worries me more than her, but all the talk is about Fujii. I want to fight Megumi, and at ADCC, on the biggest stage, that is where is at. I hope to get an invite, but I finished 2nd in a higher weight class and I am coming to win the whole thing. I hope they invite her too though she was 3rd and that is questionable whether she deserves the honor".
When asked about MMA and her contract with the AFL, Larosa states, "I hope the AFL gets a show together for February like they are talking about. Monte Cox and Eddie Alvarez are working on a Jersey show for January so that is also a possibility. I am ready to fight but I'm not going to look at bad offers, so I'm willing to wait to fight".
Larosa will also be appearing at the GFIGHT Women's MMA Convention being put together by HOOK-n-SHOOT from January 12th to the 18th. She will be conducting a seminar. "I'm excited to appear there, I did my first MMA match in Evansville, Indiana and its always great to return. I'm eager to have this seminar, and to meet new female fighters. Its funny but I am an elder statesperson in women's MMA now and I feel like I need to be there to lend a hand to the new athletes coming up". This is the reason she cannot attend the ADCC Trials which are scheduled for that weekend as well. A prior commitment prevents her from competing though she was eager to assure her spot. "ADCC is so important, but I already committed to GFIGHT, so I'm hoping my resume is enough to get me into the lower class".