Stepping into the cage is going to feel better than ever for Helen Lucero at Saturday’s YoungGuns 1 at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, OK.
Lucero says her bout with six-time Bellator MMA vet Kristina “Warhorse” Williams is the biggest of her career. More than that, Lucero is a nurse and has spent the past year on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in her native Colorado.
“My day-to-day life has changed dramatically over the last year. Things are kind of slowing down at this point, thankfully, so it’s been nice to be able to scale back a little bit recently. The challenges that we’ve faced over the last year have been pretty intense,” Lucero says at the beginning of fight week for her Xtreme Fighting Championships debut on FITE TV.
“I’m really looking forward to this one,” she adds with a chuckle. “I fought in October too, and it was definitely a release to step in the ring.”
Lucero isn’t shy about her age; she celebrated her 43rd birthday in September. She sometimes regrets that she didn’t begin her fighting career sooner, but she’s rolling with the punches and still has big dreams in the Hexagon.
“I’m a firm believer that there’s a reason for everything, and there’s a time and a place for everything,” she says. “I think that I had to experience a lot of things in my life to get to this point. I have the self-esteem, the knowledge in life, the ability to proceed with my goals and overcome obstacles.
“I think I’m right where I’m supposed to be, and I’m loving it.”
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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