How did you first get started with mixed martial arts?
When I was about 14 my boyfriend (now husband) Randall started Tae Kwon Do and was always practicing his techniques on me, finally after getting head kicked one too many times and always loving to scrap I decided to start training too. We quickly moved on to Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, and Wrestling.
What are the top 2 or 3 ways you keep yourself motivated?
I use a lot of self talk to stay pumped and motivated. Positive affirmations as well as harsh realities; they both make me strive to push harder. Also I just remind myself of all the sacrifices I make to do what I love for a living and that I am very blessed to even be capable to do what I do.
In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their MMA goals?
I feel like finding and surrounding yourself with good coaches, training partners, and supporters is tough. Their are a lot of shady people in this sport trying to bring you down as well as having ulterior motives. It so important to be a part of a loyal team that has your back and wants nothing but to see you succeed!
If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentages look like. And why? (e.g. 20% training, 30% diet, 30% rest)
I would say 50% training, 30% diet, 20% rest I feel like nothing is more important than training, because it builds you not only physically but spiritually and mentally, the harder you train the harder your push in competition! Diet is major, you are what you eat literally and if you want to perform at the top levels you have to have the proper fuel! Now rest is a big deal, if you don’t recover you are not only performing weaker but you are risking potential injury so you have to rest up to train at your peak.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
I think that at the top levels they are vital to your success. I never reached the levels physically or in competition that I have since taking a regiment. I LOVE SUPPS!!! I would take a lot more if they weren’t so expensive! I love tinkering with my chemistry set! My favorite thing I take is Xtend by Scivation, it is a bcaa and the recovery I get from it has been unmatched to other products I’ve tried.
In general what does your current training routine look like?
I train 4-8 hours a day 6 days a week. I do technique everyday but it varies, I may do all boxing or all BJJ one day and then do MMA techniques the next, but everyday consists of technique. I spar between 3-6 times a week, I do my lifting m-w-f, and I do roadwork everyday. I do cardio everyday along with strength, agility, and conditioning drills. I also do personal training and I do it with my clients so whatever they are working I’m working too. When your coach is your husband you really never get away from training!
What is your current diet routine?
Well when I’m not competing I’m terrible! I eat and drink like a 400lbs. man. If I didn’t train I might resemble one! When I’m in training camp I eat very clean! Lots and lots of greens, protein shakes, and fish. I typically stay away from red meats and complex carbs. I try to get my carbs in early morning and let my meals get lighter throughout the day eating every 2 hours.
How did you get those awesome arms of yours?
HA! They are a work in progress, I think the key to my overall physique results would be cross training. I do a lot of high intensity drills, isometric/gymnastic style workouts as well as free weights. I think its important to have flexible muscle that not only looks pretty but is functional, plus I love seeing how much weight I can throw up!
If you were to upload your arms to our muscle voting site (http://vote.ratemyarms.com/) right now, what do you think you would rate?
I think I would get like a 5 or 6. I have a lot of work to do, but I have really gotten some results I never thought were possible, but then it makes you have a higher level of expectation, so I keep working!!!
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
My family are some of my biggest supporters, they come to most of my fights. You can usually hear my Mom and sisters over everyone in the crowd!
Can you give us a brief summary of your match history?
Here is my pro history:
Win Michelle Blalock Submission (Guillotine Choke) ROF 42 – Who’s Next 12/17/2011 2 1:02
Loss Patricia Vidonic Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) TB 8 – Battle of the Badges 2 6/25/2011 3 4:04
Win Diana Rael Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) RMBB – Bad Girlz Gone Wild 1/21/2011 1 4:08
Loss Carla Esparza Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) NMEF / RMBB – Ladies Night: Clash of the Titans 8 7/16/2010 2 2:37
Win Alyx Hess TKO (Punches) RW – Ring Wars 6/26/2010 2 3:37
Win Avery Vilche Decision (Unanimous) NMEF / RMBB – Annihilation 24: Clash of the Titans 7 3/13/2010 3 3:00
Loss Jeri Sitzes TKO (Punches) Strikeforce – Challengers 3 9/25/2009 3 2:18
Win Jess Taylor Submission (Punches) FFC 1 – Fearless Fighting Championship 1 4/11/2009 1 4:43
Win Tammie Schneider Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) C3 Fights – C3 Fights 2/28/2009 1 1:59
Loss Lisa Higo Decision (Unanimous) HOOKnSHOOT – GFight 2009 Grand Prix 1/16/2009 3 3:00
Win Mariah Reed Decision (Unanimous) HOOKnSHOOT – GFight 2009 Grand Prix 1/16/2009 3 3:00
What are your mixed martial arts plans for 2012?
I am looking to drop to the 105lbs. strawweight division and make a big mark on the top 10 rankings!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
In 5 years I think I will be at least 10 fights up and competing in and holding titles in 3 weight classes. In 20 years I will still be competing if physically possible but I will definitely be training the next generation of world champions!
Who is your favorite mixed martial artist? (other than yourself!)
Vitor Belfort has been my favorite fighter since the first time I watched UFC! I saw him KO Wanderlai in 44 seconds at UFC Brazil and I’ve been hooked ever since! I also really like Josh Grispi, Sarah Kaufman, and Gerard Mousassi.
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning!
I see a work in progress and I see someone destined for great things!
What did your physique look like before you started training?
I was always a big eater and that helped to have a slightly pudgy appearance; I fight lower then I weighed in high school!
If you could tell a MMA newbie just one sentence of advice, what would it be?
You don’t have to take every opportunity! Let some pass you by and pick the really good ones!
What is your all time favorite workout song?
Le7els by Avicii.
What is your favorite quote?
“Fear is a darkroom where negatives are developed.”
What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?
Quick explosion drills like high jumps or burpies, it teaches you to explode and still have the endurance to keep going.
How do you like to spend your free time? Do you have any hobbies aside from MMA?
I really don’t have free time, but I used to love building drift cars, that was a blast, but very expensive!
What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench?)
“How can you be so pretty and get punched in the face?”
The RateMyArms team would like to thank you greatly for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last words for our readers?
I just want to thank my biggest sponsor, TUSSLE FIGHT GEAR www.tusslefightgear.com they have made this sport possible for me! Thanks to KLENCH KUSTOM MOUTHGUARDS, CARRIED OUT FIGHT GEAR, TAN TIME, ROCK HARDWEAR, AND my #1 coach and inspiration my husband Randall! Thanks to RateMyArms.com for the interview!