Interview Maddie “Mata Leon” Sheng

Maddie "Mata Leon" ShengMMA interview with Maddie Sheng is a 13 year old fighter from Smithsburg, Maryland who’s passionate about mixed martial arts and fighting competitively. Here at Fighter Girls we’re so excited to meet girls like Maddie who are dedicated and talented female fighters, giving the boys some stiff competition and a run for their money!

Maddie Sheng is a 13 year old fighter from Smithsburg, Maryland who’s passionate about mixed martial arts and fighting competitively. Here at Fighter Girls we’re so excited to meet girls like Maddie who are dedicated and talented female fighters, giving the boys some stiff competition and a run for their money! Maddie has been fighting for years already and is excited to continue to do so, learning more fighting styles and working on advancing in her sport. With brains, bite and more than a bit of talent, Maddie Sheng is a force to be reckoned with and a role model for young fighters. Nothing’s going to stop this Fighter Girl from competing and continuing to earn the respect of her fellow fighters!

Fighter Girls: What type of fighting do you train in?

Maddie: I fight Jiu Jitsu at Frederick Fight Club in Frederick Maryland under Vicente Junior
3rd Degree Dela Riva black belt.

FG: How long have you been fighting?

M: I have been competing in Jiu Jitsu Tournaments in both Gi and NoGi since I was 7 years old.

FG: What got you interested in MMA/fighting?

M: I started training for exercise and self defense.

FG: What is your favorite fighting style?

M: I like Jiu Jitsu, but I’ve also trained in Muay Thai. I would also love to try burmese kick
boxing next year!

FG: What is a typical day of training for you like?

M: I train 5 days a week in both Gi and No Gi. I am also a straight A student and in Honors English and Mathematics.

FG: How do you feel as a female in a male dominated sport?

M: I am proud to represent strong confident women in the sport.

FG: What do you feel is the greatest hardship for girls in MMA and fighter?

M: Finding other girls to compete against. Most of the time I have to compete against boys. I don’t always win, but when I do I certainly earn the boys’ respect.

FG: Looking at the women of MMA who are out there now, who is your favorite fighter?

M: Gina Carano!

FG: What is your nickname and how did you get it?

M: Mata Leon (lion killer in Portugese) One of my fist submissions I learned was the rear naked choke which is also called the Mata leon.

FG: Do you have a favorite or most exciting fight?

M: This last tournament in Baltimore Md, called “THe Good Fight” grappling tournament. I submitted a bigger boy.

FG: What drives you to continue fighting and training?

M: The self defense, physical fitness, and one day to get my black belt.

FG: What does the future hold for you in the world of MMA?

M: I don’t know, but I will let you know once I start kick boxing!

FG: As a fighter, you obviously have a very strict eating and workout routine. What is your cheat/guilty pleasure you allow yourself?

M: Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Chip Muffins

FG: What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

M: I like to draw and I am a pretty good artist.

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