Bellator flyweight Kristina Williams hasn't fought since last July and is doing whatever it takes to keep herself afloat financially ahead of her Feb. 21 bout.
"I’ve been working at the barn, training a lot of horses," Williams told theScore. "I have another part-time job with a flower shop and working at the gym, too. I've been really busy, which I kind of like it that way anyhow. I think it drives me more actually. I'm so motivated to make those things happen and like put everything I have into it."
Williams (3-2) is in the midst of the longest layoff of her career and says the promotion tried to book her late last year but nothing came to fruition. Rather than securing a fight with another promotion - which Bellator has allowed in the past with certain fighters - her management opted for her to remain with the company.
The 30-year-old is now scheduled to face Denise Kielholtz (4-2) at Bellator 239 and will look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in her career. With the time away, Williams believes she'll be able to display her evolving ground game.
"I guess she has like 50 kickboxing fights, so I'm expecting an exciting fight stand up wise. But I'm also hoping to showcase some ground skills."
The American Elite MMA product feels there's more pressure in this matchup as she's set to become a free agent. After getting married last year, Williams has also considered starting a family.
"This is the last fight on my Bellator contract so I guess we see what happens after," Williams said. "(Starting a family) has crossed my mind but I really want to see after this fight what where my career goes. I think this fight is going to be like the real kicker. I see myself fighting three or four more years at least."
Bellator 239 takes place at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.