Interview Elaina Maxwell

Interview Elaina Maxwell

Interview Elaina Maxwell

Interview Elaina Maxwell While preparing for Strikeforce Triple Threat in San Jose December 8th against Gina Carano, fight veteran Elaina Maxwell talked to Fightergirls about everything from her training to her hour before the fight in this exclusive interview.

Elaina’s decorated career began close to 10 years ago under the guidance of Cung Le. Her record speaks for itself. Here’s what Elaina had to say.

Interview Elaina Maxwell

While preparing for Strikeforce Triple Threat in San Jose December 8th against Gina Carano, fight veteran Elaina Maxwell talked to Fightergirls about everything from her training to her hour before the fight in this exclusive interview.

Elaina’s decorated career began close to 10 years ago under the guidance of Cung Le. Her record speaks for itself. Here’s what Elaina had to say.

1. Let’s get a little history about you and how you were introduced to MMA.
Please go to www.elainamaxwell.com I have a bio on this site. I hope it answers all of your questions about me. It was recently updated.

2. Who have you been training with?
I have been training with Cung Le for almost ten years now. For more info on Cung Le, please go to www.cungle.com During the last two years, I have been training BJJ under Garth Taylor of Claudio-Franca. Over the past year, I have also been training BJJ under David Camarillo of AKA. They are both well-established black belts in BJJ.

3.What is your training schedule like?
I train double days more than a few times/week. I train in the morning, and then I go home, eat, take a nap, eat, and then I train again in the evening. I train in BJJ and/or MMA about 6 times/week, and I do cardio at least 5 days/week. I lift weights 2-3 times/week. I spar 5 days/week. My training regime is always changing. It’s essential to switch up the training routine, so that your body experiences muscle confusion. In addition, I think it’s important to listen to your body, and if it’s time to take the morning/night off, then I take the morning/night off. Overall, I train with Cung Le, so if you have ever seen “Making of a Champion,” then maybe you will have an idea of what my training is like.

4. Do you have a special diet you stick to while preparing for a fight?
Yes, I eat six meals/day, and I eat every 2-3 hours.

5. Tell us about your opponent for Strikeforce on December 8th.
I’m set to fight Gina Carano of Master Toddy’s at 145. She is a well-established Muay Thai female fighter as I am a well-established San Shou fighter. We both have very good stand up and a limited ground game. We are both very tough fighters, so it should be a great fight.

6. This is a huge fight; you are the only female on the card. Is there more pressure than usual for a fight like this?
Of course, we all get nervous before a fight, and anyone who says they don’t get nervous is lying. As for being the only female on the fight card, I’m always the only female on the fight card, so that won’t really be an added pressure on me. I am very honored to fight in front of such a large crowd. I’m hoping this Strikeforce card will sell out as it did in March 2006 with over 18,000 in attendance.

7. Is there anything special you do to prepare for your walk down? What is the hour before the fight like?
It really depends on how the venue is set up. I just make sure the DJ has my entrance music, and I relax in the back until it is my time to fight. The hour before my fight is like the calm before the storm.

8. Do you feel as a female fighter you face more unique challenges than males?
Actually I feel the exact opposite. Although there are moments when I feel the challenges of being a female fighter, I feel that I get more opportunities because I am female, and for this I am thankful.

9. What direction do you see women’s MMA going now? From the time you were introduced, have you seen progress in its recognition and acceptance?
I see that it has grown extensively over the past few years, and because of the smaller promotions, women have been able to compete even more in MMA. I think as the years go by it will be recognized even more. However, I think the acceptance will take much longer than the recognition of the sport.

10. What fighters inspire you?
My coach inspires me everyday in training, along with Ali for his skill, Liddell for his dominance, and Ortiz for his cardio.

11. Any advice to women out there new to MMA or up and coming fighters, trying to get their foot in the door?
Don’t just focus on one style. Stay consistent and determined, and give yourself milestones/goals to accomplish, which will help to motivate you while studying martial arts.

12. What’s next for you after Strikeforce?
I am very much looking forward to my birthday, 12/16, and the holidays! OK. I know you were asking about my next fight. I take one fight at a time, so I will figure that out on December 9th.

I would like to thank Cung Le, Garth Taylor, David Camarillo, KNOXX , and my family for helping me to be the person I am today.

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