Vanessa Demopoulos hails coach Marc Montoya as an unwaveringly fierce mentor, dedicated to go to great lengths for his athletes

Vanessa Demopoulos has recently experienced multiple changes in her life, however, she intends to use these events as a driving force to progress further in her career. Moving to the strawweight division was followed by three successive wins in the UFC and later, a switch in training camps from Phoenix to Denver, which she admits was not her first option. Nonetheless, the Ohio native voices that she found solace in her new training ground at Factory X under the tutelage of highly respected head coach Marc Montoya.

Demopoulos states that being politically pushed out of Phoenix was unfortunate, yet gave her a chance to explore other choices around the country. As soon as she visited Factory X, she developed a fondness towards the place, Montoya’s team, and the atmosphere, which led her to stay.

Demopoulos holds no grudges against her former coaches in Arizona and is grateful to have settled into her new surroundings in Colorado, precisely before her UFC Vegas 73 bout, which could well be the toughest test of her career thus far. Her manager Jason House actually suggested Factory X, which she agreed to visit.

Demopoulos experienced workout camps for two weeks at various gyms, yet her eyes set on Montoya, his environment, and his work ethic. Talking of Montoya’s compassionate approach towards his fighters, she cites an instance where he was having surgery for cancer the following week of someone’s fight, yet he attended the fight, did his job responsibly, and had the surgery.

With Montoya and his Factory X team in place, Demopoulos feels prepared for anything that her upcoming opponent Karolina Kowalkiewicz has to offer. The Ohio native is delighted to face a pro with championship level experience, as she aims to rise to the top of the UFC ladder.

Demopoulos thinks she is underrated by many, a reason why most of the girls she previously fought in the UFC are now in the UFC, and she is hopeful to transition to 115 pounds and become one of the new faces of her division.


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