Some would say that Taylor McClatchie's highlight reel head kick knockout of LAW MMA star Jennie Nedell was a "lucky" strike that just happened to connect at the right moment. But as the old adage goes, luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
The Ottawa-based newcomer told AXS that she knew in advance a head kick opportunity would likely open up at some point during the contest. It was just a matter of executing the game plan and finding the perfect opening to pull the trigger. McClatchie made her own luck by preparing hard for the fight -- earning a GLORY opportunity after over a dozen wins on the amateur circuit.
"We trained the head off the right leg, thinking she would be susceptible to it off the overhand or on the exit," McClatchie said of Nedell's vulnerabilities. "The left just came out perfect."
McClatchie was able to steal the show with one of the most beautiful head kick knockouts in GLORY kickboxing history. With the win, she's looking to get another opportunity for the promotion. "That was my first pro fight. It's a hard sport to break into with zero pro fights, even with a solid amateur record," she explained. "I would love to get a contract out of it and keep seeing how far I can go.
"Fighting at Madison Square Garden was insane. This was a milestone fight for me in many ways. It was my 20th straight win, my first professional fight and my first GLORY fight. To win this fight so decisively was more than I could have hoped for."
McClatchie's promotional debut was certainly one for the ages. Hopefully, GLORY gives her another fight sooner rather than later.