In her first three UFC fights, Yoder lost three decisions to Justine Kish, Angela Hill and Mackenzie Dern. Many felt she did enough to beat Kish, and one of the three judges saw her as the victor against Dern. In short, that 0-3 start was deceiving and frustrating. But she took it all with grace.
“I’ve been through a lot in my life and, at the end of the day, we have options,” Yoder said. “If you want it bad enough, you’re gonna suck it up. I’ve been on the poor side of bad decisions and you can watch the fights and say they were close fights, but if I let the political or unfair side get to me, I wouldn’t be where I am. I have to brush it off my shoulders, fix my mistakes and do a better job next time. I’m always hungry to learn. I want that finish, I want to be able to show my potential at its fullest.”
“I’m okay with crying behind closed doors and then going back out there with a smile on my face. It’s okay.”
Questionable decisions are never okay, but now that a close one went Yoder’s way, she’s got a new lease on her career heading into her Saturday bout with Syuri Kondo. A win, and now that’s two straight, and then she can start looking at the top 15. It’s a good time to be the “SpiderMonkey,” but for her, it’s never about the result; it’s about the journey to get there.