Stephanie Egger (2-1) isn't worried about fighting in "Yaya" Rincón's backyard. The Swiss judoka is aware the crowd on hand for Invicta FC 25 will likely get behind their hometown girl, but she also knows the fans can't help the fighters much once the cage door locks.
As a European fighter competing in the United States for the second time under the Invicta Fighting Championships banner, entering hostile territory is nothing new for Egger. She vows to not let negative energy from the crowd impact her performance. "I'm from Switzerland, so it's normal for me to not have the hometown crowd at the Invicta fights," Egger told AXS, explaining how she fought an American in her promotional debut.
Egger's Invicta FC 25 opponent -- surging bantamweight phenom "Yaya" Rincón -- is a native of California. And since the fight is taking place in Lemoore, Calif., "Yaya" is definitely going to have the crowd on her side. This is especially true, considering the youngster hasn't competed in her home state in over 500 days.
However, with all that said, Egger plans to focus on what happens inside the cage and keep everything else out of her mind. She's ready to take the fight wherever it goes. "I'm looking for the finish," she said. "It doesn't matter if it's on the ground or in stand up position."
Egger vs. Rincón is an intriguing stylistic clash, with the former known primarly for her judo skills and the latter gaining steam as a power puncher with explosive elbow strikes. Will Egger be comfortable standing and trading punches with the 23-year-old? Will she immediately aim for a judo throw, to get the fight to where she's most comfortable? All those questions won't be answered until fight night.
The ladies are set to compete in a pivotal bantamweight showdown on Aug. 31 at the historic Tachi Palace. Egger vs. Rincon airs live on UFC Fight Pass, as part of the hotly-anticipated Invicta FC 25 card.