It didn’t take Miranda Granger long to become a professional MMA champion.
The Snohomish native and Arlington resident needed just 2 minutes and 45 seconds to dispatch Amy Montenegro on Saturday night, claiming the Dominate FC women’s strawweight (115 pounds) championship during Dominate FC 2 at the Tacoma Dome. The title was the first of Granger’s professional career in her first attempt.
“It feels great, especially against such a tough opponent like Amy,” Granger said in a video posted by NW Fightscene following the bout. “She’s a veteran in the sport, so even being in the cage with her was an honor. To take the victory was a huge accomplishment.”
In a bout scheduled for five five-minute rounds, Granger (4-0) was quickly able to get a front headlock on Montenegro (8-4) during the first round, eventually forcing a submission via guillotine choke.
“I had a dream a few weeks ago I was going to win the fight, so as soon as I felt that wing choke was there, it’s kind of like everything fell into place for me,” Granger said. “She was super strong, but we anticipated that. It didn’t last very long, but I worked very hard to get here and get this opportunity, so I’m just excited.”
Granger is hoping the Dominate FC championship will open doors with more heralded promotions such as UFC and Invicta FC.
“I am looking anywhere that wants me,” Granger said. “I just want the toughest opponents. I’m trying to challenge myself.”
Also at Dominate FC 2, Everett’s Joey Elzea retained his men’s bantamweight (135 pounds) title by defeating Brandon Montieth by unanimous decision.