Kickboxer Lorna Johnson is ready to take on her next challenge as a MMA fighter.
The Jackson/Winkeljohn striker is making her amateur MMA debut against Alida Gray at Jackson’s MMA Series 9 Saturday at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM; which will stream for $10 at JacksonsMMAseries.jacksons.tv.
We talked to Johnson about making the leap into a new sport and training for her debut fight.
Wombat Sports: You are coming into MMA from a kickboxing background. How has it been to adapt a ground game into your fighting?
Lorna Johnson: Since I have worked with some ground it hasn’t been to hard to adapt . I have found it all a wonderful learning experience.
Wombat: Jacksons/Winkeljohn is known for it’s talented strikers. What is it like to have a solid team of female fighters to help you train?
Johnson: It’s awesome :). There is so much to learn from all of them . They are always helping and encouraging . I am very thankful to be a part of their team.
W.S.: This will be your first MMA fight. Anything you are expecting going in?
L.J.: I am expecting a challenge. I have trained so hard for this I just cant wait to put the hard work into action.
W.S.: Your opponent is coming in with some experience behind her. Is that intimidating at all or is just another fighter in front of you?
L.J.: It being my first MMA fight I am very excited . It all being new I see this fight as a great opportunity.
W.S.: What does it mean to you to fight in front of your hometown crowd?
L.J.: Fighting in front of my hometown makes me feel very happy that my friends and family can come and support me.
W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank?
L.J.: I would like to thank Coty OX , all the Jacksons team, our great coaches , conditioned by Kelly Tekin , God, Emily Kagan, Travis Marx and all my friends and family and most of my kids for all their help through this fight.