Marissa Caldwell is ready to take on the world, and the first person in front of her is a rough and tough Jan Finney on the MMA Big Show card at the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Belterra, Indiana this Saturday, October 24th. Caldwell took some time to talk to fighter girls about her upcoming fight and her ambitions. Caldwell says she admired Finney’s skills early on in her career, but a lot has changed since then.
“When I first started, I went out to (Finney’s) gym in West Chester, OH to watch Jan train” Caldwell stated. “It’s a surreal feeling because I looked at her then and thought ‘I really want to be on her level.’ And now I look at her and think, “I really want to surpass her level. I wanna beat her. Go father than she has’”
When it comes to seeing the next generation of fighters, the 22 year old says she is humbled.
“It keeps you really grounded,” Caldwell admits. “I think a lot of people get ahead in the sport and start getting a little too interested in the celebrity aspect of it and all the attention they are getting. But when I see a younger girl come into the gym and wants to train, it makes me wanna be a good role model for her, and show her what the sport is all about. And (to show her) how to be a better athlete and competitor.”
Being only 5’6 and in the 145 pound division, Caldwell isn’t wavering when it comes to stronger opponents.
“A lot of people get intimidated by muscles, and I know Jan Finney, the girl I’m fighting, is ripped out all toned and everything. But you gotta think to yourself ‘The bigger they are the harder they fall,’ too. I am looking to take her down with technique and just completely out skill her.”