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RISING STARS Jessica Bednark Fighter

RISING STARS Jessica Bednark Fighter
RISING STARS Jessica Bednark Fighter

RISING STARS Jessica Bednark Fighter

RISING STARS Jessica Bednark Fighter Name: Jessica Bednark
Record: 5-1 Pro MMA, 0-1 World Combat League, 0-1 Pro Boxing
Weight Class: 135, Jessica Bednark had my 1st two MMA fights at 145, fought spring 2008 in the WCL at 128
Fights Out of: St. Cloud, MN . There is a boxing gym in town that my boyfriend Jay and I use as a facility to train in. My boyfriend Jay has solid
wrestling skills (placed in State twice in high school in Minnesota) and has been kickboxing for about 5 years. He is 5’4, 140 lbs, so he is the same weight as me.

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I thought I had a harder work ethic than anyone I trained with until I met Jay. He pushes me hard every day, wearing me out and expecting me to not slow my pace or get sloppy. He is the best training partner I’ve ever had because he has such high expectations and is very impatient if I don’t meet them very quickly. Unlike a lot of guys, he seems oblivious to me being a girl and will hit me hard when we spar and be very rough when we wrestle and practice jiu-jitsu. There is nowhere to learn MMA in St. Cloud. When we have money (we’re catching up from being on disability) we drive a little over an hour to the cities (area) to train at Northway Gym (former UFC champ Dave Menne’s gym).

About Jessica Bednark

How did you get into fighting: I started karate at 13 years old. Despite it being American sport karate (point fighting) when we were not competing, we sparred with heavy contact at my karate school. I did well when I competed in point sparring, but I always thought that I would do better in full contact fighting (where there isn’t a break every time a kick or punch is landed) because I can take and deliver hard strikes. I didn’t even know what MMA was until I was 18.

When I was 19, I took my 1st MMA fight and won by rear naked choke in the 3rd round. A week later, I got ejected from a car, breaking my back (in addition to 4 bulging discs in my back) and tearing my rotator cuff in my left shoulder. I was on bed rest for a few months. I could not go back to work or training for almost a year. During my recovery, I decided that when I got better I was going to train for MMA and fight. In the spring of 2007,

I started going back to the gym. My back was too messed up at first to kick, but I boxed for a few months and slowly rehabilitated myself into being able to do everything again. About 2 months after I had been back in the gym, my 1 training partner – my boyfriend Jay – tore his ACL wrestling. What he was told was going to be a 3 week recovery turned into a 6 month recovery after he had surgery. Money was tight trying to catch up on bills from being on disability for so long, and now my boyfriend was making less than half of his usual paychecks.

We were strapped for money, and I didn’t think I was ready to fight (cause my ground game was non-existent), but I took a fight anyway. The girl I fought was 3-0 amateur and 3-0 pro. I knocked her out cold in the 3rd round. It didn’t pay much, but it made the car payment that month and lifted our spirits. I kept fighting and kept winning, despite feeling that I wasn’t getting the training I needed. So here I am now, busting my ass every day, trying to absorb what I can with anyone who will teach me, sparring with whoever walks in the gym every day, just trying to be faster and stronger and in better cardio shape than the next girl I fight.

Jessica Bednark Female Fighter

You mentioned fighting for Chuck Norris’ World Combat League, what was that experience like: I fought on the Miami Force team. Al Wichers, one of the refs for the WCL, refereed my second MMA fight in Wisconsin. I knocked the chick I fought out cold in the 3rd round and after the fight he told me I should fight for the WCL. This was September 2007 and the season for WCL started in about a month. I had just cut weight for the 1st time (only 7lbs) to make145. When he told me that I had to weigh in at 128 to fight, I didn’t think I could make it – I hadn’t been below 140 in years. My next fight (5 months later) was at 135. I cut from 150 again and weighed in at 133 and felt great during the fight.

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I figured, what’s another 5 pounds, I can do that, so I called up Al and told him I wanted to fight for WCL the next season. He told me there was a girl that was injured on one team and they needed someone to fill her spot for the playoffs. A month later, I started for the Miami team in the playoffs. We fought the New York team. I fought Jennifer Santiago, who is ranked higher than any other chick in the WCL. Her back round is karate and boxing. She fights like a point fighter, a very good one. She likes to keep the distance and then come in and tag her opponents with a few quick strikes. She hates fighting in close. Every time I closed the distance, she fell on her butt (3 times in our 3 minute fight) and they’d just call it a slip and separate us. It kind of irritated me. We had an alright fight, it was close. We each landed a few good shots, but we blocked most of each other’s strikes. She got the win and I think she deserved it. I felt like I moved really slowly during that fight. The weight cut was rougher than I expected.

Jessica Bednark Fighting Weight

I cut from 142 to 126 (weighed in 2lbs under) in 4 days. I had trouble regaining my strength and keeping food down after that fight. This experience caused me to start dieting and eating better, and since that fight, I haven’t cut (meaning starving and dehydrating/sweating) more than 5 pounds for any fight. I would like to do WCL again, but I need to take some time and get used to maintaining a much lower weight. I like taking kickboxing and boxing matches because I think it makes my MMA fighting better, but I never care to have a big career as a kickboxer or boxer. It was great to be able to fight in the World Combat League, but MMA is my focus. I take a lot of pride in my MMA fighting, because I feel like it is more physically and mentally demanding than other kinds of fighting. Oh, back to the WCL- our team lost, so we were done for the season.

Jessica Bednark Fights

Toughest opponent to date: Nana Berto, because she’s the only person I’ve lost too. She is a very strong girl and she is aggressive on the feet and has very technical jiu-jitsu. I got choked in the 1st round. I don’t feel like I fought very well that fight – I wasn’t mentally focused – but regardless, she whooped my ass. Who would you most like to fight: I really don’t care. I’m not looking to go after any big names yet, I don’t feel like I’m at that level yet. Right now I am really focused on getting consistent training from Dave Menne’s gym and getting more experience. It was looking like

I was going to fight Tonya Evinger a month ago, but that fell through. I expect we’ll probably fight sometime in 2009. Kaitlin Young is right in Minnesota and I think we would put on a really entertaining fight if we fought. The problem is, I’ve yet to meet a promoter in Minnesota that pays decent – for MMA that is. Katlin Young and I were lined up to fight what would have been my second fight, but she withdrew to do the show that landed her a fight on Elite XC. I don’t expect to get a fight with her any time soon. She goes to a gym that has a lot of recognition and I don’t, so unless it’s a big show I doubt we’ll be fighting each other. My boyfriend wants me to get a fight with Sara Schnieder.

Jessica Bednark Up Coming Fights

Next fight: I think I have a boxing match in January, but it hasn’t been finalized yet. The next MMA fight I will have I believe will be January 31st for Combat USA. They put on really good shows and I really like the promoter. I think I will be fighting Karen Williams a second time. On Sept 29th, 2008, I TKOed her in 1 min 58 seconds into the 1st round. She didn’t do a damn thing in those 2 minutes to deserve a rematch. I came out, threw a few kicks and punches, landed every single one, she rushed in, took me down and threw a few little punches to my face that did no damage, immediately I turned her, got on top of her and dropped punches and elbows to her face for the next 1 ½ minutes.

I landed 4 elbows to her face in a row right before the ref stepped in and stopped it. She was tough, she was trying to fight out of it, but I don’t think she has the skills to take me. I don’t think she deserves a rematch. I don’t think she has anything for me and I think I’m going to manhandle her a second time in our next fight. The reason they think she deserves a rematch is because the fight was for a belt, so it was 12 – 2 minute rounds (the promoter thinks it’s more entertaining with the shorter rounds). So the ref stopped it 2 seconds before the end of the round, and a lot of people would have liked to see a second round. Plus, the fights are in Wisconsin, she’s from Wisconsin and undefeated (until then) and some people from Wisconsin think she’s tough just because they’ve seen her knock a couple chicks out. Doesn’t matter, our re-match won’t last long either.

Jessica Bednark Training

RISING STARS Jessica Bednark Fighter Training Regimen: I spar 5 to 6 days a week, primarily with my boyfriend, but with whoever is willing to spar – kickboxers, boxers, mixed martial artists, tae kwon do dudes, ect. We spar 5 min rounds, 15 second rest for over an hour– no breaks. I also roll about 3 days a week. 3 to 4 days a week I hit bags with heavy gloves and sometimes weights on my ankles to work endurance, technique and speed. In the mornings before school I run at least 5 miles (slowly increasing the miles). I lifted weights through most of my teenage years, but quit when I broke my back. I just resumed weightlifting this week, but haven’t come up with a real set plan for how I’m going to go about it, but I will keep it up because I feel like I’m getting old and losing my strength now that I just turned 22.

RISING STARS Jessica Bednark Fighter Other Hobbies/etc: I am going to school with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant. I started out going for art, but changed my major because I don’t want to struggle so much to make money. I love to paint and draw, but rarely have time to do it. I live with my boyfriend who is a single father. I’ve been helping him raise his son since he was 17 months old and now he is 4. Not really a hobby, but very time consuming, but worth it. He is a great kid and comes to the gym with us while we train every day. They haven’t nailed down what he has yet, but it’s some form of asbergers – but he’s very high functioning. He has speech, physical and occupational therapy twice a week and goes to a special preschool 3 times a week to get him ready for regular preschool, so taking turns running him around to his appointments is a very big part of my life as well. Other than that I just like hanging out with my boys and seeing my family whenever I can.

RISING STARS Jessica Bednark Fighter Goal for 2009: Arrange my finances so that I can train at Dave Menne’s gym a few times every week. Also, I’d like to maintain a lower weight. I have been weighing about 142, fighting at 135 and I want to maintain 130, taking fights at 125 and 135.
Anything you want to add: It’s not on this website, but my pro record is 5-1 (my first fight was never reported and I’m sure it never will be – it was almost 3 years ago). But the fight I’m talking about is when I fought Karen Williams on Sept 29, 2008. I’m not sure if this is accurate (you guys would probably know better than anybody), but the promoter said that this fight was the 1st women’s MMA main event on a card where all the other fights on the card were guy fights. It was for a belt that was vacant prior to that.

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Interview Shayna Baszler MMA Fighter

Shayna Baszler
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Interview Shayna Baszler On Invicta FC 4, Shayna Baszler “The Queen of Spades” will be rematching Alexis Davis in Kansas City. A recap of Baszler’s interview with Fighter girls. On her rematch with Davis: “It was a barn-burner the last time, I think it’s going to be better this time…we match up pretty well.” The ‘submission master’ wants to finish her this time so there is no question at the end of the fight.

Interview Shayna Baszler

On her training: Training out of Next Edge Academy in Sioux Falls, wrestling at Augustana College. When in California, trains with Josh Barnett and Erik Paulson at CSW. “Erik Paulson should be like a 90 year old ‘master’!…If you train in multiple styles, you know what to expect from other styles…I’ve been blessed with coaches that encourage me to think outside of the box”

On fighting Ronda Rousey: “I would take that fight, Yes, I would take it in a heartbeat!” Yet Baszler stresses that her main concern is her next fight. “We’ll see what opportunities open up…I just want to fight the top girls…I’ve been doing this long enough that I want to just make a ‘stamp’…my focus is my next fight, I’m not going to sit here training for Alexis Davis blowing up my twitter to call out Rousey”.

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Jessica Eye Defeats Barb Honchack MMA

Jessica Eye Defeats Barb Honchack MMA
Jessica Eye Defeats Barb Honchack MMA

Jessica Eye Defeats Barb Honchack MMA

Jessica Eye Defeats Barb Honchack MMA (12/11/08 – Cleveland, OH) – The 2008 NAAFS National Amateur season came to an exciting and controversial close at Night of Champions in Cleveland, OH. There were new champions crowned in an amazing night of mixed martial arts action. Add to the mix a fight of the year candidate in the main event, it was definitely a night to remember.

Jessica Eye Defeats Barb Honchack MMA

The main event of the card was a Pro Series bout between 2006 Fighter of the Year “Smokin” Joe Heiland and 2007 Fighter of the Year Torrance “The Tyrant” Taylor. With the accolades of both competitors entering this fight, fans were almost guaranteed to see a fight to remember and it was just that. Heiland controlled the action early on, using his wrestling background to secure repeated takedowns on Taylor in the first round. The second round was a complete contrast, as Taylor controlled the pace of the fight with his stand-up game to win the round.

The controversy began in the final round, which saw Taylor as the aggressor early on, but ended with Heiland rebounding and unleashing a fury of his own. The end result was a unanimous decision victory for “Smokin” Joe Heiland, who now improves to 11-0. Both Joe Heiland and
Torrance Taylor proved that they are two of the best fighters in any organization and could easily add another fight of the year to both of their resumes.

Adam Saal made history by becoming the first ever NAAFS National Amateur Bantamweight Champion, defeating Josh Castro in an exciting back and forth fight by split decision. The NAAFS plans to further expand on the Bantamweight division in 2008, giving the lighter weight classes an opportunity to shine.

In a rematch from Rock N Rumble, Lyle Sansoucie gained a measure of revenge with his win over Eric Noel to capture the 2008 National Amateur Featherweight title. Sansoucie began the year competing on the NAAFS Club Series circuit and finished the year climbing all the way to the top of the division. He forced the more experience Noel to tap out to a rear naked choke in round 1, bringing the gold back to Team DNA.

The National Amateur Lightweight champion is USA Martial Art’s Josh Johnson, who won the title by defeating LA Hampton in the finals. Johnson shot in early for a takedown that resulted in Hampton landing awkwardly on his arm, dislocating his elbow. It was a freak accident and the end result is Johnson remains unbeaten (9-0) and is now known as champion.

Aaron Maynard completed his run at Night of Champions, defeating Sean-Paul Veilleux by triangle choke in the first round to capture the 2008 National Amateur Welterweight title. Maynard rebounded after a loss to Nick Duell at Rock N Rumble with a win over Russ Halsey at Midwest Combat Challenge 5 to earn the title shot. He then rose to the occasion with a win over a very tough Veilleux for the right to be
called champion.

Instigator Fight Team’s AJ Aeschlimann remained undefeated (6-0) with his unanimous
decision victory over Chris Lozano to win the 2008 National Amateur Middleweight title. Aeschlimann used his size advantage and wrestling prowess to control the fight and walk out with the gold. After the win, Aeschlimann made his intentions known that he plans to make the move to the Pro Series at some point in 2009.

Dane Bonnigson became the first ever independent fighter to win NAAFS National
Amateur gold, when he defeated Marc Strickland by TKO in the first round to became
the National Amateur Light Heavyweight champion. Bonnigson remained a quiet unknown for most of the year, but kept racking up victories and hasn’t stopped.

The 2008 National Amateur Heavyweight title fight between Adam Farrell and John Hawk ended with a high level of controversy and as a result, there is currently no champion. A point deduction to Farrell in round two changed the landscape of the judge’s score cards when it was time render a decision. Instead of it being
unanimous for Farrell, the fight was ruled a majority draw. The NAAFS is currently investigating into the matter and will render a decision on who will be the 2008 National Amateur Heavyweight champion.

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Complete Results: Jessica Eye Defeats Barb Honchack MMA

Joe Heiland over Torrance Taylor – Unan Decision
Frank Carabello over Ben Pettit -TKO/RSC rd1
Nicholas Duell over Jason Nickoson – Submission rd2
John Hawk vs Adam Farrell was declared a draw
Dane Bonnigson over Marc Strickland – TKO/RSCrd1
Alan Aeschlimann over Chris Lozano – Unan Decision
Aaron Maynard over Sean Paul Veilleux – Submission rd1
Josh Johnson over Roger Hampton – TKO/RSC rd1
Lyle Sansoucie over Eric Noel – Submission rd1
Adam Saal over Josh Castro – Split Decision
Nick Kilian over Chris Melillo – Submission rd2
Jessica Eye over Barb Honchack – Split Decision
Zach Sutek over John Rohn – Submission rd1
Steve Kosarko over Alvaro Vallejo – Unan Decision

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The 2008 NAAFS National Amateur Series has come to a close and focus has already begun on 2009 and beyond. This event wouldn’t have been possible without all the great athletes who competed, the excellent training centers, and our wonderful sponsors: Bloody Buddy Fight Gear, United States Army, Don’s Brooklyn Chevrolet, Dillards Department Stores, BetonFighting.com, Karrington Group, SportsTime Ohio, SportsTalkNETWORK.com, Hard Rock Café of Cleveland, and John P. Lennon.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2009 NAAFS Season Opener (Midwest Combat Challenge 6
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Interview Julie Kitchen Muay Thai Fighter

Interview Julie Kitchen Muay Thai Fighter

Interview Julie Kitchen Two of the UK’s biggest Muay Thai stars – Julie Kitchen and Amanda Kelly – will fight in Los Angeles on Dec. 1st as the co-main event at “Muay Thai in America: In Honor of the King”. The show is in celebration of the King of Thailand’s 85th birthday, and can be purchased on PPV on Direct TV and INDEMAND at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT.

About Julie Kitchen

Kitchen is currently 47-9-1 after a recent loss to Miriam Nakamoto. That fight was billed as one of the biggest in the history of women’s Muay Thai; FighterGirls caught up with Kitchen to see how training is going for her fight against Kelly, and how training has changed since her loss to Nakamoto.
FG: How is your training going?

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Julie Kitchen

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Julie: I am no longer training with Nathan for my fights so I spent 10 days in Holland with “Enfusions” Edwin Van Os before flying out [to] Los Angeles where I am currently training with the amazing Manny Pacquiao and his entourage for my running/circuits, and Muay Thai with Paulo Tocha who played Jean Claude Van Dammes’ nemesis “Paco” in the film “Bloodsport”.

We have gelled very well as his techniques are similar to what I am used to, so we will see how it pans out. Paulo is a fantastic motivator so I enjoy my training more now but Nathan got me to where I am now and will still teach seminars with me next year.
FG: How has your training been different for Amanda Kelly rather than Miriam Nakamoto?
Julie: I always train to the best of my ability. There have been some hiccups both personal and professional. I like the fact I am considered the underdog in this fight just because of one loss; I haven’t lost 2 fights in a row since 2005.
FG: Are you back in California training and giving seminars? If so, when are your upcoming seminars?

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Julie: We are doing a huge seminar tour of California in April 2013.I am so excited because we are bringing our twin daughters out as well who are fantastic fighters and Muay Thai enthusiasts. We will be offering seminars both in Muay Thai, following an amazing positive feedback from earlier this year, and also our new concept named tactical strike. The tactical strike seminar [is different from] the Muay Thai seminar as the target audience and student will be not only MMA based but will also be specifically aimed at the grappling expert. We are taking bookings now for April and are hoping to be fully booked by Christmas.

FG: What can fans expect when you step into the ring on Dec. 1st?
Julie: I will always perform and give the audience a show. I have honestly had enough of fighting and my final match is imminent but not sure if this one will be my last. It all depends on what emerges in the future. My focus/hunger/desire just isn’t in competition anymore at this point in time, due to the constant drain with [Muay Thai] politics. I loved the “good old days” when I would step into the ring scared and nervous but also excited and overwhelmed that I was facing someone I respected.

Germaine de Randarmine, Angie Parr, Karen Lynch, Karla Hood and also Miriam Nakamoto were all household favorites and just to be chosen to compete against them was an honor itself let alone if you took the win. Nowadays it’s about business, politics and “piggy backing” someone’s career to climb the ladder as quickly as possible.
In this fight I am defending a world title and not at my chosen weight; but I will be aiming to win nonetheless and silence the critics.
FG: Any other words for your fans?
Julie: Thank you to everyone who has supported me worldwide. I know I have the best supporters in the world and it means so much to me as well as having the best family behind me all the way. Other fighters can take a win or a belt off me but they cannot change a career with the result of one fight.

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Interviews MMA Shana Olsen Julia Budd

Interviews MMA Shana Olsen Julia Budd

Interviews MMA Shana Olsen Julia Budd Shana Olsen and Julia Budd Hear Shana Olsen and Julia Budd before they collide at “Strikeforce Challengers” tonight on Showtime. Two contenders collide tonight on Showtime as #6 ranked Shana Olsen and debuting Julia Budd hope to take the next step towards winning the Strikeforce 145 pound title. At the weigh-ins, Budd tipped the scales at 145.8 pounds with Olsen the lighter fighter at 143.4.

Interviews MMA Shana Olsen Julia Budd

Fightergirl’s reporter Veronica LoCurto (with videographer Kristin Usry from WMMA Roundup) was on hand at the weigh-ins to talk to both competitors before the big fight.

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Interviews MMA Shana Olsen Julia Budd

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Sarah Kaufman vs Kaitlin Young MMA Fight

Sarah Kaufman vs Kaitlin Young MMA Fight
Sarah Kaufman vs Kaitlin Young MMA Fight

Sarah Kaufman vs Kaitlin Young MMA Fight

Sarah Kaufman vs Kaitlin Young MMA Fight KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Aug. 27, 2012) – Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight (135 pounds) Champion Sarah Kaufman (15-2) of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada will look to return to her winning ways when she faces off with prolific striker Kaitlin Young (7-6-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. at the Invicta Fighting Championships world championship women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Sarah Kaufman vs Kaitlin Young MMA Fight

Tickets for Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, priced from $25, are on sale and can be purchased at Memorial Hall box office (913) 549-4853), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

“Invicta FC has made huge waves for women in MMA over the last five months. It’s been amazing to watch so many of the top women all fight on the same card, so I’m looking forward to be a part of their next show,” said the 26-year-old Kaufman, who is looking to rebound from a first-round (:54) submission (armbar) defeat at the hands of undefeated Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey.

“Kaitlin is a very strong 135 pounder,” said Kaufman. “She’s got a lot of height and is quite technical in many areas. I’m excited to get in there against her, especially in the wake of the worst performance of my career. I’m hungry to get back in there and prove why I’m ranked at the top of my weight class.”

Sarah Kaufman vs Kaitlin Young MMA Fight

A former professional dancer, Kaufman began training MMA after a martial arts studio opened underneath her dance studio seven years ago. Her competitive spirit pushed her to enter the fight world and, under trainer Adam Zugec, she reeled off victories in her first 12 professional bouts, defeating fellow former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate as well as superstar Alexis Davis and submission ace Shayna Baszler along the way.

Like Kaufman, the 26-year-old Young will look to return to the win column following a second round (3:34) submission (rear-naked choke) loss at the hands of rising star Liz Carmouche on the last Invicta FC card on July 28.

“Sarah is a great fighter who has made a big name for herself in the sport, so I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Young, who took up Tae Kwon Do at the age of 14 and earned her black belt in the discipline before discovering Muay Thai.

To date, Young has earned six of her seven professional wins by KO. In her third start, she scored a memorable KO on Tate with a head kick just 30 seconds into their matchup.

Sarah Kaufman vs Kaitlin Young MMA Fight

Young earned “Fight of the Night” honors at the inaugural Invicta FC event, slugging it out with Leslie Smith in a relentless, see-saw battle for three rounds before the fight was declared a majority draw.

In the Invicta FC 3 main event, superstar Jessica Penne (9-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. will face off with undefeated phenom Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama (8-0) of Kyoto, Japan at atomweight (105 pounds) in the first-ever Invicta FC women’s world title bout.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (14-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. will return to action in the bantamweight co-main event and take on Invicta FC 2 winner Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio (6-2) of San Jose, Calif.

Another Invicta FC 2 victor, Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak (6-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa, will collide with rising star and furious finisher Aisling “Ais The Bash” Daly (13-3) of Dublin, Ireland in a flyweight (125 pounds) contest.

Invicta FC will welcome one of the original pioneers of women’s MMA, submission expert Tara LaRosa (21-2) of Woodstown, N.J., who will lock horns at flyweight with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa Porto (14-5) of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (3-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. will meet an opponent to be determined in a bantamweight matchup. Smith’s original opponent, Cat Zingano, has withdrawn from their scheduled matchup.

Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (9-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. will also make her first start under the Invicta FC banner against Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman (7-5) of Lakewood, Colo. in an atom weight scrap.

In the leadoff main card bout, Julia “The Jewel” Budd (3-2) of Port Moody, Canada will meet Elaina “Beef” Maxwell (7-4) of San Jose, Calif. at featherweight (145 pounds).

The six-bout preliminary card will be topped by a strawweight (115 pounds) matchup between Carla Esparza (7-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Lynn Alvarez (5-2) of Las Vegas.

Two undefeated prospects, Ashley Cummins (3-0) of St. Louis, MO. and Joanne Calderwood (3-0) of Glasgow, Scottland will collide at flyweight.

Amy Davis (3-3) of Idaho Falls, Idaho will face Stephanie Frausto (3-4) of Middletown, Ohio in an atomweight affair.

Fresh off her professional debut win at Invicta FC 2, Jessamyn Duke (1-0) of Richmond, Ky. will face unbeaten Marciea Allen (1-0) of Sioux Falls in a bantamweight battle.

Tecia Torres (0-0) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Kaiyana Rain (0-0) of Los Angeles, Calif. will make their respective professional debuts against each other at strawweight.

Unbeaten Xtreme Couture prospect Katalina Malungahu (2-0) of Las Vegas, Nev. will battle an opponent to be determined at featherweight after her original opponent, Taylor Stratford, was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a knee injury.

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Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked

Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked
Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked

Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked

Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Aug. 15, 2012) – American phenom Jessica Penne (9-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. will square off with undefeated Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama (8-0) of Kyoto, Japan in the first-ever Invicta Fighting Championships title fight and atomweight (105 pounds) main event of the promotion’s third all-women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Sat., Oct. 6.

Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked

The ticket on-sale date for the much-anticipated Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama event, featuring 13 professional bouts, will be announced soon.

After bringing fans to their feet in a hard-fought main event battle against Olympic Wrestling Silver Medalist Sara McMann, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler of Sioux Falls, S.D. will return to action in the bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event and take on Invicta FC 2 winner Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio (6-2) of San Jose, Calif.

Another Invicta FC 2 victor, Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak (6-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa will face off with rising star and furious finisher Aisling “Ais The Bash” Daly (13-3) of Dublin, Ireland in a super flyweight (125 pounds) contest.

Invicta FC will welcome one of the original pioneers of women’s MMA, submission expert Tara LaRosa (21-2) of Woodstown, N.J., who will lock horns at super flyweight with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa Porto (14-5) of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Undefeated Cat “Alpha” Zingano (6-0) of Broomfield, Colo. will make her long-awaited Invicta FC debut against Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (3-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. in a bantamweight matchup and Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (9-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. will also make her first start under the Invicta FC banner against Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman (7-5) of Lakewood, Colo. in an atomweight scrap.

Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked

In the leadoff main card bout, Julia “The Jewel” Budd (3-2) of Port Moody, Canada will meet Elaina “Beef” Maxwell (7-4) of San Jose, Calif.

Jessica Penne vs. Naho Sugiyama

The 29-year-old Jessica Penne will move to headlining status after a spectacular co-main event showing on Invicta FC’s inaugural card on April 28 when she stopped Lisa Ellis-Ward with an onslaught of punches in the third round (2:48) of their matchup shortly after breaking Ellis-Ward’s nose with a knee strike. A lifelong athlete, Penne was a competitive swimmer before stumbling upon a pair of boxing gloves and deciding to try her hand at MMA.

Naho Sugiyama will put her perfect record on the line in The United States for the first time since she began tearing through the ranks of professional competitors in Japan three years ago. On Dec. 17, 2011, the 34-year-old was crowned a champion in Japanese all-women’s promotion JEWELS after defeating two opponents – Kikuyo Ishikawa and Misaki Takimoto – in one night of action.

Shayna Baszler vs. Sarah D’Alelio

The charismatic, 32-year-old Shayna Baszler helped create an electric atmosphere at Memorial Hall on July 28 by engaging McMann in an all-out war for three rounds before losing a heartbreaking decision. A fearsome grappler, Baszler has earned the respect of the fight world by earning 13 of her 14 victories with submissions, including her patented hold that she dubbed the “shwing.”

Sarah D’Alelio, 31, pulled off a stunning upset at the Invicta FC event on July 28, tapping out Porto, a far more advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player with a beautifully executed reverse triangle armbar in the first round (3:16) of their meeting. To date, D’Alelio has notched five of her six wins by way of submission.

Barb Honchak vs. Aisling Daly

Barb Honchak turned in a dominant performance at Invicta FC 2, scoring a second round (1:22) TKO on Bethany Marshall with a barrage of punches to notch her sixth career win. A protégé of UFC veteran Steve Berger who recently relocated to Quad Cities, Iowa to train at Miletich Fighting Systems, the 32-year-old Honchak will look to secure her sixth consecutive victory.

The 24-year-old Daly is ranked amongst the top five competitors in the super flyweight division. She holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has earned 6 of her 13 career victories by way of submission and 5 by way of KO.

Tara LaRosa vs. Vanessa Porto

Tara LaRosa has been nearly unstoppable throughout her decade long professional MMA career, defeating a host of fellow superstars, including Baszler, Kelly Kobold and Alexis Davis. Between 2004 and 2009, the 34-year-old went unbeaten in 15 consecutive starts. LaRosa will seek her fourth straight win in her Invicta FC debut

Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked

Following her upset defeat at the hands of D’Alelio, which snapped a four-fight win streak, the 28-year-old Porto will look to regain her stride in the women’s super flyweight division. Trained by her husband, Pedro Iglesias, whom Porto met after walking into Iglesias’ gym for the first time in 2004, Porto has shown off her mastery of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by earning 10 of her 14 career wins via submission.

Leslie Smith vs. Cat Zingano

Leslie Smith will return to the Invicta FC cage after a fractured wrist kept her on the sidelines from competing on the promotion’s second card on July 28. At the inaugural Invicta FC event on April 28, the 29-year-old Smith earned “Fight of the Night” honors for her brutal, toe-to-toe war with Kaitlin Young that was declared a draw after a three-round see-saw battle.

Zingano, a brilliant finisher who has earned four of her six career wins by way of either KO or submission, will enter the cage for the first time this year and look to extend her perfect record that she has been building since 2008. Trained by her husband, Professor Mauricio Zingano, the 30-year-old is a former collegiate wrestler who went on to win the 2007 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships before Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked

Michelle Waterson vs. Lacey Schuckman

Michelle Waterson is a 26-year-old student of famed MMA trainer Greg Jackson. A martial arts student since the age of 10, she holds a black belt in American Freestyle Karate and was a contestant on the Muay Thai-themed Fight Girls reality series on the Oxygen television network. On Jan. 21, Waterson ended a near two-year hiatus from competition, submitting Diana Rael with a rear-naked choke in the first round (2:12) of their matchup in Albuquerque.

Also a former Muay Thai fighter, the 24-year-old Schuckman showed the world that she is always game by accepting an Invicta FC 2 fight with undefeated JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki on less than two weeks’ notice. Despite the short window of time that she had to prepare for the task, Schuckman, who has earned four of her seven career wins by way of submission, nearly pushed Hamasaki the distance of their bout before succumbing to a Hamasaki armbar with just 15 seconds remaining in the third and final round of their bout.

Julia Budd vs. Elaina Maxwell

The chiseled Budd, a 29-year-old lifelong athlete and budding fitness trainer, began her prize fighting career in the sport of Muay Thai where she chalked up several a number of notable wins, including one over superstar Gina Carano, before transitioning to MMA. She is a student of former UFC competitor and world-ranked Shooto fighter, Lance Gibson. Budd scored a first-round (3:49) TKO on Elina Nilsson with a combination of punches and elbow strikes at the Invicta FC 2 event on July 28.

Like Budd, the 33-year-old Maxwell boasts a stellar kickboxing resume. A three-time champion in San Shou rules kickboxing, she won the first American gold medal at the world Wushu (San Shou) Games in Macau, China in 2003. Maxwell reeled off her third straight MMA win on March 30, earning a unanimous decision over Ashley Sanchez in Kearney, Neb.

The six-bout preliminary card will be topped by a matchup between Carla Esparza (7-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Lynn Alvarez (5-2) of Las Vegas, Nev.

Two undefeated prospects, Ashley Cummins (3-0) of St. Louis, MO. and Joanne Calderwood (3-0) of Glasgow, Scottland will collide at super flyweight.

Amy Davis (3-3) of Idaho Falls, Idaho will face Stephanie Frausto (3-4) of Middletown, Ohio in an atomweight affair.

Fresh off her professional debut win at Invicta FC 2, highly-touted Jessamyn Duke (1-0) of Richmond, Ky. will face unbeaten Marciea Allen (1-0) of Watertown, S.D. in a bantamweight battle.

Tecia Torres (0-0) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Kaiyana Rain (0-0) of Los Angeles, Calif. will make their respective professional debuts against each other at flyweight.

Unbeaten Katalina Malungahu (2-0) of Las Vegas, Nev. will tangle with Taylor Stratford (0-0) of Woodland, Calif. in a featherweight (145 pounds) fight.

About Invicta Fighting Championships: Invicta FC MMA Fight Announces Stacked

Invicta Fighting Championships (www.invictafc.com) is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible matchups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport.

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Interview MMA Fighter Fiona Muxlow

Interview MMA Fighter Fiona Muxlow
Interview MMA Fighter Fiona Muxlow

Interview MMA Fighter Fiona Muxlow

Interview MMA Fighter Fiona Muxlow On the upcoming “Brace For War” all-female card, Fiona Muxlow will face Leanne Reid. Fiona takes some much appreciated time to talk with us about her training, women’s MMA in Australia, and her multi-disciplined background.

-You are a strong competitor in the BJJ world, how do you find transitioning between Gi training and No-Gi training depending on whatever competition or fight you have coming up next?

Interview MMA Fighter Fiona Muxlow

FIONA I’ve probably done no-gi now almost as long as I’ve done Gi now. I stopped training gi consistently back in 2007 when I went to the ADCC worlds and then had my MMA debut. I didn’t really put one back on till 2011 when I decided to try and qualify for both the ADCC and Abu Dhabi Pro in the same year and then got involved with Australian Girls in Gi. www.australiangirlsingi.com. I qualified for and competed in the ADCC World Championships a second time in 2011, but unfortunately got concussed by a knee to the eye in my Abu Dhabi Pro match (I didn’t expect that from a BJJ match).

I’m having to relearn to use my grips, only the other night I was doing gi work and my coach was like you “sub wrestled with him for the first round, he has a gi on remember your grips”. But it’s coming back and starting to feel more natural.
Also the start of 2012 my former training partner, Sophia, from when I lived in Melbourne and did exclusively BJJ, came to my club with here husband Robert Drysdale. They did a week of seminars all of which where no gi, but Sophia and I also rolled in the Gi. She and Jess Fraser from Australian Girls in Gi are the two people I credit for getting me interested in BJJ again.

I did a two week stint over in Las Vegas training at Drysdale Jiu Jitsu in the lead up to the IBBJF Worlds and I’m so glad and grateful for their time as it defiantly helped improve my performance which resulted in me medaling internationally as a purple belt which is something I wanted to achieve. I’m still working with the gi at the moment as I’m now work towards my brown belt, but yes depending what comps or event I have coming up it will depend on where my focus will be.

My coach and I modify my training based the rule that I am fighting to next. The Australian BJJ Championships are just over a month before the Brace Show and I have qualified to compete, so I’m still working in the gi, but I will let my coach decide closer to the event if I will compete in them or just focus on the Brace show. Earlier this year, before Brace came up I also qualified for the FILA world grappling championships in October in Russia, but will probably not go as it’s only two week before the Brace fight and I cannot afford the airfare to at the moment.

-You’ve competed in multiple disciplines of martial arts (Submission Grappling, Sambo, BJJ, Karate, etc), do you have a preferred?? Surely the multiple disciplines have provided you with an overall balance in MMA. Are you enjoying MMA??

FIONA -Yes MMA is great, hugging AND hitting what more could you want. Preference really depends on what mood I’m in on a given day or month. BJJ is more methodical which suits my style, but you get away with more in (in terms of escapes etc) with sub grappling. Sambo allows leg locks but not chokes and has a wide variety of takedown, I haven’t done karate for ages but the style I did merged well into my MMA striking. I’m defiantly enjoying MMA so it shares top spot with Sub Grappling, but BJJ is not far behind. Ask me again tomorrow and the order may have changed.

-Talk about Women’s MMA in Australia and New Zealand. Brace for War: All-Women’s Fight Card: How will this card have an affect on women’s MMA in Australia? And the other girls on the card.

FIONA -Hopefully the card will come off well. As far as I know for lots of the girls this card is their first MMA fight, but they bring a heap of experience form other combat sports. Others have fought amateur and this is there pro debut. Kya and Brace have supported WMMA from their earliest days, I fought on their second show BFW2 and they have had other female fights on mixed cards, scheduling clashes and other comps or injuries prevented me getting back on their card till now. When they where simply a clothing company (before they started promoting fights) they sponsored me and also outfitted the entire Australian team that fought on the Princesses of Pain show on 2008.

Interview MMA Fighter Fiona Muxlow

Alex Chambers is main event, which I think is awesome as she is quite experienced and has also fought internationally. There are a heap of fights, up to 16 now I think, so hopefully it will create a pool of fighters across several weigh divisions that Brace, and other promoters can pull from and put more WMMA fights on their cards

-What happened to “Princesses of Pain”? I know you’ve fought on this organization and was also great for women fighters in the South Pacific, but there doesn’t seem to be any current action going on with them.

FIONA-I’m not 100% sure on details you will have to ask them. I fought for them in 2007 and 2008 and I’m very thankful for them giving be the opportunities they did. Recently they had started focusing mostly on grass roots and entry level shows, giving girls a chance to fight modified/ armature rules. Their last show was in May 2012 and then in June they posted this on there facebook page.

“Just because I am not running fight events right now does not mean I am walking away from supporting you. I’m working on getting your fights up and I would help match fights and sponsor some when I can. The door is well and truly open I just need to do something else for a bit.”

-Talk about your training and your upcoming fight in Brace vs. Leanne Reid. Is much known about her?

Interview MMA Fighter Fiona Muxlow

FIONA -I’ve actually rolled BJJ with her back at the start of the year when I visited her club, this was way before the Brace event was planned, I know she is taller than me, what’s new, at 166 cm ( 5’5) I’m always the short one. She is quite an experienced Kickboxer and is very tenacious so it should be fun. I’m just hoping we can but on a good show. With 9 weeks till fight night the training is starting to ramp up now. Striking, grappling, cage drills and conditioning are all on the cards. Needless to say there are times I’m a little tired but that comes with working hard and its good to feel that soreness when you know you have worked to earn it. At least the dieting hasn’t started yet. That’s in two weeks. We are fighting at 65 kg (145lb) so I have a few kg to loose to get back on fight weight but right now I am fueling my training and its feeling good.

I’d like to thank my Coaches and training partners at Kickstart MMA, all the crew at CrossFit North Queensland, My sponsors Fenom Kimonos and Rocktape Australia  ( if people put “Fiona” in the coupon code they will get a discount on rocktape)
And of course Leanne who will be stepping into the cage with me. Whatever the outcome I know we are both going to bring it and I hope we put on a great show for the crowd. Interview MMA Fighter Fiona Muxlow

-Thank you so much, Fiona!

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Megumi Fujii vs Jessica Aguilar MMA

Megumi Fujii vs Jessica Aguilar MMA
Megumi Fujii vs Jessica Aguilar MMA

Megumi Fujii vs Jessica Aguilar MMA

The biggest women’s tournament in women’s mma history started with two impressive wins at Bellator 24.

The Bellator 115 pound tournament began with two submissions Thursday night in Hollywood, FL.

#1 ranked Megumi Fujii proved once again that she is the number one fighter in the division, as she defeated late minute replacement Carla Esparza at :57 seconds of round 2.

Megumi Fujii vs Jessica Aguilar MMA

To Esparza’s credit, she was able to make most of the first round a kickboxing battle, but Megumi was able to get the takedown late in the round. After a lot of scrambling, Fujii was trying for several submission attempts until the bell. Fujii continued to work the submission game in the second, try her famous “Megu lock” leg submission first, than transition to the armbar for the win.

In the main event, #7 ranked Jessica Aguilar made her adoptive hometown proud by defeating #9 ranked Lynn “Lights Out” Alvarez by arm triangle choke at 4:01 of round one.

Alvarez kept it on the feet for the first part of the round, until Aguilar took her to the ground via a body lock. The rest of the match was Aguilar looking for the arm triangle choke and finally got it at 4:01.

Megumi Fujii will face the winner of #4 ranked Lisa Ward and #5 ranked 125 pounder Aisling Daly, who will face off at Bellator 26 in Kansas City in two weeks.

Jessica Aguilar faces the winner of #3 ranked 125 pounder Zoila Frausto vs. #5 ranked 115 pounder Jessica Pene at Bellator 25 in Chicago next week.

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Interview Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc

Interview Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc
Interview Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc

Interview Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc

Interview with “Fighter Girl of the Month: Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc I want to be the best 105lb fighter in the world and top ten 115lb fighter.
I want to Fight in England, Spain, and Mexico before I retire.
I want to earn my black belt in BJJ.”
These are the goals of this month’s “Fighter Girl of the Month: Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc”. She will be fighting this month on Invicta FC 2 and took some time out of her training to share with Fighter Girls about her training, her experience fighting on Invicta and more!

ABOUT HER TRAINING:
“I train at Ultimate Performance Complex Tulsa (@UPCtulsa) at our facility they train Athletes to perform better at their sport. They train professional,collegiate,high school and kids Athletes that do Basketball, Baseball, Football, Hockey etc. We also Have Judo, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai and of course MMA. My coaches consist of Travis Calanoc who is a former Strikeforce Fighter and Marine Corp Sargent. he has a black belt in MCMAP(Marine Corp Martial Arts program) and was also a MCMAP instructor. He also has black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Ninjutsu. Travis also founded his own art Calanoc’s Mixed Martial Arts Concepts. Travis also helps my strength, conditioning, speed and agility coach Jeff Pace who has a CSCS and is a Master Trainer under Combine 360. Travis is NASM accredited and certified under combine 360.

Interview Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc

My BJJ coaches are Jay and Brandon Chandler both are brown belts under The Farm BJJ and Werdum combat team. They are brothers. My Muay Thai coaches are Sean Dawson and Paul Vo. Mr. Dawson went undefeated in Muay Thai 11-0 and 2-0 Pro Muay Thai. Paul Vo is 2-0 in Muay Thai and both study under Saekson Janjira. My wrestling coach is Justin Porter who was an OSU state champion wrestler
and also Miesha Tate has helped me with my wrestling any chance I get to have her down to help me train in OK. My is Team UnderDawgs fight team, the team consists of guys that fight from 115 to 155 lbs. I like the fact that most of the guys on our team are smaller because smaller guys are as technical as women but they are more explosive and stronger. They are all like brothers to me, I care about them all very much.”

SELF-CONFIDENCE IS KEY:
“Before my last Invicta fight I said I finally found my self confidence as a fighter and I meant it. My last fight for Invicta was the first time I trained like a professional fighter. I have always trained hard but not like my last fight camp and this one. I KNOW in MY HEART and MIND that I’m ready because I put in the work every single day and everything I do is to push myself harder and harder past my limits. It was also the first time I showed my Mixed Martial Arts skills I can wrestle, punch, kick, clinch and Jiujitsu. There isn’t a place from stand up to ground were I feel uncomfortable. I have a ton of fights and experience I know I can grind or fight out of anything or put my opponent in places they don’t want to be and that’s what I meant was that is how I FINALLY feel comfortable ANYWHERE.”

INVICTA:
“I Loved fighting for Invicta now and the first time because I feel like after all these fights and years its finally MY TIME and MY OPPORTUNITY to show everyone that this little Mexican girl from a ranch in Mexico can FIGHT and is a MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST. INVICTA is a truly professional organization they are here for the good for WMMA because they don’t play
favorites and give everyone an equal opportunity. I Love how INVICTA does everything in their power to promote their card to the best of their ability and they give all the fighters goodie bags lol!”

THE GROWTH OF WOMEN’S MMA:
“I think before INVICTA the future of women’s MMA was uncertain because people just weren’t interested I just think before INVICTA it just wasn’t being promoted enough and now thanks to them. They are bringing a lot of light and attention that it needed. I Love how each weight class just keeps getting deeper and deeper. In ten years if it keeps growing the way it has
been I bet it could be on the same level as the men.”

FUN FACTS:
“I LOVE comic books!! I hope to one day have my own comic book and I love to read books. Ranging in subject from History, Science, Philosophy, Sci-Fi and everything in between. I also love doing Make-up, I
do hair professionally but I do Make-up as a hobby. I love watching extreme sports like skate boarding, Surfing, Break Dancing and Urban Free Running. I would love to do Urban Free Running but my coaches wont allow it until after my fight career… If I’m not in fight camp I love to wear Dresses in my free time and I love to play video games even though I suck at them. I love to travel and one of my favorite trips was when I went to Puerto Rico with my husband and best friends, Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway.”

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