There are a lot of times when a fight will be sold on the fact that the two warriors who are going to step into the cage hate each other with an immense passion. Fans love it, promoters love it and when a fighter has their hand raised against their adversary, that is a moment that can bring even the fiercest fighters to tears.

Whilst a fight where both combatants have been vocal beforehand will draw a great deal of interest, on the other side of the spectrum are the fights that are a little more reserved. That is exactly what Bec “Rowdy” Hyatt has in front of her when she faces teenage prospect Mizuki Inoue at Invicta FC 6 on July 13. And luckily for her, those are the kind of fights that can surprise the world.

“I think because of the cultural difference, things have been different this time,” Hyatt admitted in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “She has been very respectful in the lead-up to the fight, which I think is a big part of where she comes from. People from Japan are very respectful and that makes them great athletes. There’s no beef and no trash-talking, and I guess that makes it a little harder to get more people interested in the fight. The fact is that she is a top-ranked fighter and I am looking forward to fighting her and going out there and giving it my all.”

Hyatt secures an armbar (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

The last time that Hyatt entered the Invicta FC cage, it was almost impossible not to know that the fight was about to go down. Her rivalry with opponent Jasminka Cive was played out in just about every media outlet that covered the event and it was certainly one of the most anticipated fights of the card. Whilst a lot of doubters expected Hyatt to be shut up for good, she went out and won the fight via a first-round armbar.

“It was an amazing experience,” she exclaimed. “I was able to go out there and prove that I wasn’t just talking shit and that I can back up what I say. There were people out there that said I was going to lose this fight and that I would get my ass kicked, but I showed everyone exactly what I can do in there.”

The Invicta FC 6 card will mark the third time that the prolific Australian makes her way over to America to showcase her skills. It’s something that Hyatt certainly doesn’t take for granted.

“It’s pretty amazing to be on the card three times in a row,” Hyatt said. “They are obviously happy with my performance, and it shows that taking a risk on signing me paid off. I can’t really think of anybody else that has been asked to compete for them that many times in a row off the top of my head.

“I love going over [to America]. We all get treated really well and everything is just so professional. I am really hoping to get asked back again for the next one too. I like to keep active because otherwise I eat too much [laughs].”

Being in the public eye means that people all around the world will share in your high points as well as your low ones. For Hyatt, rumors were rampant surrounding the circumstances that led to a recent change in her home life. Although something like what she went through could lead to problems heading into a fight camp, Hyatt hasn’t let it affect her work life.

“My personal circumstances may have changed, but my fight prep has been exactly the same,” Hyatt revealed. “The only thing that has changed is that we [Hyatt and her children] are living with friends at the moment. I still train every day and still have my Facebook championship [laughs].”

Hyatt (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Hyatt holding a “Facebook championship” is something that was insinuated from the lead-up to her bout with Cive. Social media plays a huge role in mixed martial arts and it’s something that Hyatt embraces, especially since it can pay dividends.

“I’m always chasing that bonus [laughs], it is hard sometimes though,” she admitted. “I used to get over it very quickly, but you just have to take a step back and not let it overwhelm you. On Facebook, I bite my tongue sometimes because what I am about to say is probably not the right thing to say, but for the most part I stay true to my colors.”

Hyatt’s upcoming fight with Inoue is a polar opposite of what had transpired before her last fight. Although not a guarantee, she is conscious of the fact that a high-profile win will enhance her chances of another title shot in the near future. Like any well-prepared fighter though, Hyatt isn’t looking past Inoue.

“I know that she’s tough and she has had some good opponents. She beat Alex [Chambers], who is a very good fighter, and her only loss is to [Ayaka] Hamasaki, who is a top-three ranked fighter,” Hyatt explained. “I see me going out there and being too aggressive, and I think that I will grind her out and crumble her. She’s a tough 18-year-old, but I think that I can go out there and put on an exciting show. I just want to keep climbing the ladder and looking for the bling-bling.”

When a fight is sold on the premise of bad blood or a large amount of hype, it has the possibility of being a disappointment. When two respectful fighters enter the cage, however, it can be the fight that steals the show.

Just like every other time Hyatt has entered the cage, she will say everything she needs to say when that opening bell rings, because that is the precise time that Hyatt’s “stylish violence” is dished out in what is sure to be another fight to remember.

Bec would like to thank Alchemist Management, Americana MMA and all of her training partners at Impact MMA and Gamebred Combat Club. A special thank you also goes out to Carlos and Delia Rodriguez. Follow Hyatt on Twitter: @RowdyBec

Top Photo: Bec Hyatt (top) delivers an elbow (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.