“People think that fighting is hard, but ask any fighter and they will tell you that the training is much, much harder.  In MMA, I get pushed to my absolute limit. Sometimes I feel very tired but it is worth it because I know when I fight many people will be watching me on television and I want to be at my best.”


People look up to you — whether you like it or not. I feel like I’m a role model to my little sister and my nieces and my nephew, but I can’t say the same thing for people I don’t know. If they think of me as their role model, I’m happy to play the part, but I think they idolize their perception of me, not me personally. Sometimes people see me inaccurately. That’s the kind of ebb and flow of living a public life.


I have managed to see the world and meet some of the most inspiring people through female fighting. The sport has expanded my perspective in myriad ways aside from geography and culture. I have learned that I am stronger and able to endure more than I ever thought possible. It has taught me a lot about diet, nutrition, strength, and conditioning, and has made me view my body less in terms of aesthetics and more in terms of function.


There were a few factors that led me down the path into the fitness industry.  One was that I am a very goal-oriented person.  I always like to have something I am trying to accomplish, excel at, get better at and prepare for.  It’s easier for me to get things done that way. It was also because I struggled with anorexia and bulimia for many years and was in the process of overcoming that.  I started teaching people that they didn’t have to starve themselves to try and fit the extremely high standard beauty magazines and television had set for them. Through this, I could share my success story of how I was able to overcome bulimia and anorexia and make a positive change in my life.  I’m not just someone saying not to do this or not to do that.  I have actually been through it, I’m fighting it, and I’m winning!