New England prospects have had themselves a highly successful run in the last five or so days.
Top local promotion CES’s return, CES 61, showcased fighters from past editions of the New England’s Next series, including Fabio Cherant, Eddy George, and Mitchell Raposo, who all won in their respective bouts.
However, there was one additional prospect from the region was set and ready to go for her own appearance in the cage, but at her hopes of a return dashed after her opponent fell off the card.
Despite the setback and injury problems of her own in the past, Connecticut native Alexandra Ballou (1-0) is ready to destroy anyone in her path.
Ballou hasn’t had the easiest of paths in her first few years as a professional fighter following a 3-0 amateur career, and though losing an opponent at CES 61 was another hit, she isn’t fazed by the rocky start.
“I haven’t fought in two years due to injury,” Ballou explained while speaking to MMA-Prospects. “Had to have my ACL done, took me 7 months to get cleared. Then, it was training to rebuild my leg. I was eventually called for CES in May but that was off from COVID, so it has been a roller coaster, and here we are.”
The 28-year-old admits it has been tough since her pro debut, a third-round TKO at Bellator 207. Although difficult, says Ballou, this is what she loves to do, so she’ll continue to push forward. Training to be one of the best isn’t supposed to be easy, she says.
“It’s the nature of the fight game,” Ballou said. “I have my moments where I get down and frustrated. Ultimately, I have a great support system around me that keeps me going. This is a sport you need resiliency in, and I’ve got that.”
Ballou essentially had to learn how to walk again following her ACL injury.
Tyson Chartier, the head of representation firm Top Game Management, omnipresent in the NE MMA scene, is one of the strongest supporters for Ballou, she says. Ballou also named her coaches and training partners as pillars of strength during this rocky road of injury recovery, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout, Ballou also works full time as a waitress and bartender.
“I train, go to work, train again, head back to work,” Ballou laughed. “I’ve done it for so long, it just feels like the normal to me, but I won’t say it isn’t exhausting sometimes. Working after training, serving people while insanely sore… but it is normal to me now.”
The 1-0 Ballou was looking for a statement win at CES 61, something to showcase everything she had worked on for the last year-plus in attempting to return to action. Ballou hopes to get the call from CES soon for another upcoming show.
“I never turn down a fight. I’ll take any opportunity,” Ballou said as a message to CES brass. “I’ve been working to become more well-rounded, working on my striking a lot,” Ballou continued. “I’m absolutely looking for the knockout, for that devastating finish.”
Although Ballou is known best for her grappling and jiu jitsu, she has strengthened her striking immensely since her 2018 debut. With an ability to win a fight in a lot of different areas, there is one thing that sets Ballou apart from the pack:
“My viciousness,” said Ballou. “I go out there to try to finish, not point fight. I aim to destroy everything in my path, or die trying.”
Ballou finished the interview with a statement for any female fighters searching for an opponent.
“I’ve been inactive for two years, [it’s] time to remind everyone: I’m here. I’m ready. Anyone, anywhere, anytime. I’m here.”