LAS VEGAS, NEV – California native Tatiana Suarez, made quick work of her opponent, Amanda Cooper, to become the “The Ultimate Fighter” season 23 women’s straw-weight champion Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“We don’t break; we break people. We don’t break, and I will never break. I’ve overcome a lot in my life. I’m never going to stop until I’m at the top, so I’m coming” said Tatiana Suarez after defeating Cooper in the finals.
During her prep-career as a wrestler at Northview High School, which is situated in Southern California, Suarez was a member of the varsity squad where she was a league champion and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section tournament as a senior.
Suarez, who won two world bronze medals in 2008 and 2010 in freestyle, was the favorite to represent the United States in the 2012 London Olympics at 55 kg’s, but was sidetracked from accomplishing her dreams of becoming an Olympian when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011. She has overcome cancer and is now stronger than ever.
With her extensive wrestling background, Suarez took control of Cooper in the opening seconds of the match as she obtained a takedown and started pounding on Cooper’s face. However, Cooper turned the tables and reversed Suarez almost successfully executing an arm bar towards the end of the round.
Once again, Suarez got a takedown and began striking Copper in the face and body. Suarez then transitioned from a front headlock into a D’arce choke to obtain the victory and a UFC contract.