Heather “Handguns” Bassett is ready for an all out war against Andrea “KGB” Lee at LFA 4.
Bassett will face easily the toughest test of her career when she meets Lee for the inaugural LFA flyweight title on February 17, at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana. Lee was the Legacy flyweight champion prior to the RFA and LFC merger and is also a title contender under the Invicta banner. Bassett is coming of two stoppage victories under the King of the Cage (KOTC) banner and feels like she is more than ready for the step up in competition.
“It is definitely a step up. I mean I have definitely had some tough fights as a pro especially at 135, but I think I have put in quite a few fights and have had enough experience that I’m ready to take that jump up in competition,” Bassett said. “I think that it will definitely be a test for me to see how we match up, but I think it could be a pretty close match-up.
“I know it is not going to be easy,” Bassett continued. “I am not going in there to lose, but I know it is not going to come easy. I think there will be a lot of exchanges on the feet, and testing each other out. I am not sure how it is going to end, but I know until it does it is probably going to be an all out war.”
Bassett is excited to be competing for a title, especially since she was forced to withdraw from her last title fight with KOTC due to a broken forearm. However, this fight is not just about a title to Bassett there is a very personal element to this fight for the hard hitting flyweight. She hasn’t been inside the cage in a year and even though she picked up a second round TKO in her last fight there was nothing about it she was happy with.
“I haven’t fought since last February and that was an extremely wearing and rough camp for me. I had a lot of rough things happen in my life. I had a teammate pass away, I had a grandmother pass away, I had a sister and a niece in the hospital close to my fight, it was a very rough camp,” Bassett said. “I think I was hoping my fight in July was going to be redemption for that camp, but I think it’s been good to have a little bit of time to process things and work on my game and improve.
“I wasn’t happy with that fight. I think I just want to know that I’ve got a lot more in me than that,” Bassett continued. “I wasn’t impressed with my performance, I wasn’t happy with the fight. I think you can say that with any fight, but that one in particular, I know I can put on a much better performance than that.”
Bassett is well aware what an opportunity like this could do for her career and the doors it could open, but one thing she isn’t sure of is how she is going to feel when the title gets wrapped around her waist.
“I don’t even know, I think it will be one of those moments where everything comes together and it will be awesome,” Bassett said. “I’m very emotional I will probably ball my eyes out. ”