Jinh Yu Frey has fought for Road FC and Rizin. She has been in with some of the best atomweights and strawweights during a decade long career that has seen her travel all over the world to compete.
The 38 year old must surely be coming towards the end of her career but Frey will be competing on Saturday night (local time) in Las Vegas. She faces Elise Reed at UFC Vegas 74.
Coming off back to back losses Frey is potentially fighting for her promotional future. But despite that she felt no pressure while preparing for this match,
“I think this fight camp, surprisingly, felt like there was less weight (on me). It was more about having fun and enjoying myself, enjoying the process, enjoying the ride and enjoying each day,” she told UFC.com.
"It was just more about enjoying what I do every day."
— UFC News (@UFCNews) June 1, 2023
Frey says she didn’t need to perform any mental gymnastics to life this pressure. It was just something which happened naturally,
“I think it was something that just manifested over the course of the camp. I actually thought that I might feel a lot of pressure during the camp, and I really didn’t.”
The 38 year old thinks part of the reason she is able to relax is that she is not financially dependent upon competitive fighting. Frey has plenty of other options when she finally does decide to hang up the gloves,
“II have three college degrees. This isn’t something that I have to do, I do this because I choose to and I enjoy it.”
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Her opponent is coming off a submission loss to Loma Lookboonmee. Reed comes from a karate background but Frey feels she has seen it all before,
“Stylistically, I haven’t really faced someone whose background is predominantly karate. That’s something a little bit different that we had to look at and try to break down during this camp but, beyond that, this is my 20th professional fight; I feel like I’ve seen just about everything,” she said.
Frey already has a walking holiday in Europe booked for after the fight with her husband and trainer, Douglas Frey. She is clearly confident of emerging relatively unscathed and says she has made some big improvements during this camp,
“I’ve been working hard and I feel like I’ve made a lot of improvements. I’m super motivated to go in there and get my hand raised.”