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TRAINING: A typical day of training starts with either weights or conditioning in the morning, teaching throughout the day, then a hard session of either sparring, wrestling or grappling in the evening. My coach, Adam Zugec, puts me through a tough grind daily which makes the fight that much more enjoyable. Generally, evening training sessions are 5x6min rounds of whichever style we are working on for the day...then I stretch and relax or do a recovery session (like epsom salt bath or ice bath).
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in Muay Thai at 17 when Adam Zugec opened ZUMA below my dance studio. After training for a couple of years I wanted to try competing in local tournaments to test myself and for the challenge. After a couple of those, Adam asked if I wanted to take my first pro fight on June 3, 2006. I said "YES" and fell in love with the sport.
What ranks and titles have you held? Strikeforce Welterweight World Champion, Hardcore Championship Fighting Bantamweight World Champion, BJJ Purple Belt
Do you have any heroes? For the most part I look up to anyone who is doing what he/she wants to do and putting everything he/she has into it.
What does it mean for you to fight in STRIKEFORCE? Strikeforce is definitely the largest stage for Female MMA Fighters out there. I am honored to be a part of the organization, and to have had the opportunity to push the boundaries for other females in the sport (the first female to fight a 5 min rd in Strikeforce, first 135lb Champion, first female to get on ESPN Plays of the Week). I look forward to all that is coming up for me and the other females in the future.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did 2 years of a Biology Degree at University of Victoria. I originally wanted to go to med school, but decided part way through that it was the wrong path for me.
What was your job before you started fighting? I used to be a cashier and bakery girl at Safeway, as well as a tutor before I really started getting involved in MMA, but since then I've been working full time teaching and managing ZUMA.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Was on ESPN Plays of the Week for the Roxanne Modafferi KO. Won KO of the Year by WAMMA 2010. Nominated for Fighter's Only Female Fighter of the Year 2009, 2010.
If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ Purple Belt
Favorite grappling technique: Flower Sweep
Favorite Striking technique: Anything that involves punching (other than backfists :D)
What do you consider to be the key fight in your career, and why? I guess it would have to be the Marloes Coenen Fight in Oct 2010. It is my only loss, and it will be the defining fight for how I come back and prove myself once again as the top female in the 135lb division.