“Good things come to those who wait and greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” – Anonymous

Invicta FC has been facing some difficulty. Fighters and fans were expecting two, maybe three, cards by this time this year, but the promotion has still not even announced its first card of 2014. There are a lot of fighters who are waiting patiently to fight for Invicta. Some are getting vocal, and you can bet a lot of them are frustrated. Invicta FC fighter Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger has been waiting patiently, but she is definitely not sitting on her ass.

Jones-Lybarger (R) (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Jones-Lybarger (R) (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Jones-Lybarger just defeated Rose Acevedo at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 14 on April 11 to bring her professional record to 3-1. She has another fight on Monday, May 26, at King of the Cage: Alliance.

“We actually scheduled this fight before the RFA fight,” Jones-Lybarger explained to The MMA Corner. “Right after Jillian [Lybarger] lost to Jenny [Liou], [King of the Cage] asked me if I wanted to fight her and we booked it. I got the call from RFA and thought I could do it, too—it was either train until now or stay busy in the cage.”

Taking another fight, though, can be a gamble for the fighter and the other promoter.

“Yeah, we talked about that, and I just thought positive. I had the approval of the promotion and the promoter. He said, ‘Promise me you won’t get hurt.’ I had a big reach advantage. I was able to use my advantages well, a lot of movement, weaving. I incorporated my slip-jabs well, like B.J. Penn. I used a lot of lead hooks, weaving in and out. It was really good boxing, and I felt great the whole time.

“Jillian and I sell tickets together, and we like KOTC. It’s a great venue, good show, and we sell a lot of tickets and can make money that way. I think we have sold about 250 and get a piece of each. We pull local sponsors and have a lot of fun. Plus, we get to cut weight at home. We don’t have to fly. When you fly, you gain weight. Sometimes fighting at home is stressful. Our mom and dad will come in from California. Our family comes, but my wife, Jana, does a great job keeping everyone away until after the weigh-ins and fight.

“She does such a good job that my teammate Randy [Steinke] in the main event is coming over to cut weight with me. His wife has to work and he has two girls, so the babysitter, a friend, will take the kids out for ice cream while we cut weight. It really does take a village [laughs]. It’s great to have good friends that don’t mind helping.”

Not only is Jones-Lybarger motivated to take care of her wife and two daughters, but she has her eyes on the ultimate goal.

“For a lot of these up-and-coming girls, Invicta is the stage. And some of these girls are sitting and waiting for the next card to be announced,” she said. “It’s frustrating because outside of Invicta there might be one or two female bouts, so you’ve got to take what you can get. The way I see it, the best way to prepare for the next fight is to stay active. My end goal is to fight in the UFC, so I train my ass off and work hard and keep winning to get there. I can only do this for a limited time, and if I wait, the opportunity might pass me by.

Jones-Lybarger (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Jones-Lybarger (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

“I am glad I took the fight with RFA. It was on AXS TV. It was good money, a good opponent and a great show. We almost got ‘Fight of the Night,’ and I have the fight on DVR. With KOTC, it’s on DirecTV, so I have those two fights to watch, too. It’s great to be able to watch these fights in my living room.”

Even though Jones-Lybarger has her eyes on the UFC, she hasn’t lost focus when it comes to her upcoming opponent. Liou spoiled Jones-Lybarger’s sister’s pro debut.

“Yeah, I thought about revenge when I took the fight,” Jones-Lybarger confessed. “Skill-wise, she’s not going to beat me. I know what she wants to do. I don’t think she wants to stand with me. She will try to pull guard, go to the ground. I don’t mind going to the ground. Her jiu-jitsu is not better than mine. Her wrestling definitely is not better than mine.

“Jillian got too close for boxing. Jenny has good knees in the clinch. Jill said her clinch and grip was really strong, so I am prepared for that. Adam Gillespey is my stand-up coach, and he is really strong in Muay Thai. If she tries to clinch, she is going to be eating some elbows on the exit. When she comes in, I will be ready. I plan to keep my kicks low to keep the takedowns from happening—to keep her from having her way.

“But you never know. You’ve got to be prepared for everything. She might want to stand with me. If so, I might go for the takedown. I plan to mix it up. You don’t know. She might want to stand up. I thought Rose [Acevedo] would want to take it to the ground, too, but I was wrong.”

There’s a lot of determination in Jones-Lybarger’s voice. This win is especially important.

“She is not going to go 3-0 with two of those wins coming from both of us on her Sherdog record,” Jones-Lybarger declared. “It’s not personal. We talked at The Ultimate Fighter tryouts, and we are both excited to get in there and get busy.”

No doubt, when Invicta FC calls, Jones-Lybarger will be ready to fight. And when the UFC and matchmaker Sean Shelby are ready to bring her into the fold, she will be prepared. The training, skills, conditioning and experience are all coming together to put her in position to be one of the best.

Jocelyn would like to thank her lovely wife, Jana Jones-Lybarger, and their daughters, Kennedy and Ellie, who will be at the fights for the first time, for all their support and love and awesome Mother’s Day gifts. She would also like to thank her sister, Jillian Lybarger, for always being there, and her coaches and teammates at the MMA Lab, especially Adam Gillespey for being the best in the business. She would also like to thank her sponsors: Intensity Nutrition, KlenchGuards and It Ain’t Chemo. Follow Jones-Lybarger on Twitter: @mmajocelyn

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Amber currently resides in Tampa, Fla., a hotbed of MMA. She was introduced to the sport Memorial Day weekend in 2006 and quickly became addicted. Amber loves the fact that the biggest and strongest don’t always win, the respect the competitors show and that women are finally getting their shot. She also writes a blog for Fight It Out gear. When not watching MMA, Amber can be found at the beach playing volleyball, in the gym learning from Tampa’s only female BJJ Black Belt, cheering on her eight-year-old daughter in tae kwon do, or at her day job. She has a girlfriend, daughter, too many dogs and a cat who lives in the attic. Communication highly encouraged at amber at fightitout dot com.