What's the old saying about talking softly and carrying a big stick?
The Muay Thai version of that adage is alive and well within Amy Pirnie. The soft-spoken Scot carries a wallop with her offensive arsenal, an attack often-centered on the opponent's body and one that has paved the way to her current reign as the Lion Fight Women's World Super Flyweight champion.
And now, the biggest moment of her career has arrived as Pirnie will defend her crown in front of her home-town fans on Sunday, August 22 as Lion Fight 68 takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, and airing live exclusively worldwide on UFC Fight Pass.
This will be Pirnie's second World title defence. She bested Lommanee W. Santai in Sweden after winning the championship with a first-round destruction of Sandra Godvik. She'll now put her belt on the line against Spain's Lara Fernandez in the homecoming bout. After a recent training session, Pirnie offered up some thoughts on her fast-approaching title fight.
Q: Is there extra pressure on your or is it more comfortable to have a title defence at home? A: I don't feel extra pressure wherever I fight. The job doesn't change with the destination. However, I love fighting in front of my home crowd, so I'm very excited for this one! Q: How was your training for this fight especially getting through the pandemic? A: I was lucky enough to be able to use my gym during the pandemic. However, training alone is obviously very different. It has allowed me to build on my fitness and work on the weaker areas in my game. Q: We have seen you dish out a fast knockout and go the distance in title fights. How do you expect this fight with Fernandez to play out? A. I honestly don't know. Lara is going to be a good opponent with a lot of experience. We will just have to see how it goes on the night. All I will say is I think it's going to be a crowd pleaser. Q: How important is to you to retain your status as Lion Fight World champion? A. I go in to win every fight. This one is no different. I plan on keeping that belt exactly where it's been since April 2019.