Throughout the next few days, we will be previewing the upcoming Storm Damage MMA one night featherweight tournament. The event is set for Saturday in Camberra, Australia. The event won’t be streamed, but a DVD will be available three weeks after on Stormmma.com.au.
A vet of Storm Damage MMA, Michelle Peruzzi made her pro MMA debuted last fall at the their first card. Although she lost via TKO, she bounced back earlier this year getting a first round TKO over Renee Jones.
Wombat Sports: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started? Who do you train with?
Michelle Peruzzi: I live in Canberra act n work in the community sector as an advocate. I can play the drums and like to play video games. I got started in MMA 2 years ago. I originally did karate for 5 years, then Muay Thai. As I got more into MMA, I took up Jiu-Jitsu and continued to do Muay Thai. I currently train and fight under Storm MMA; also train with Dark Carnival and Epic BJJ.
Wombat: What does it mean for you to be a part of this historic tournament?
Peruzzi: It means a big deal to me to be part of something huge and a rare opportunity. Feels awesome and challenging.
W.S.: We have seen an increase in more female fighters over the past two years in Australia. What do you account for the growth?
M.P.: (I think it’s because) more women are getting into MMA, and seeing other big names like Bec Hyatt, Alex Chambers, and other WMMA fighters in Australia getting promoted. (They are) getting into Invicta and having some awesome MMA fights. Also, more promoters putting on female fights and the girls are getting in there and fighting.
W.S.: This is a one night tournament. How are you prepping for possibly three fights in one night?
M.P.: I am cutting 14kg to be in this tournament and have been training 6 days a week for hours and training in Jiu-Jitsu. Muay Thai, and MMA. I am also doing extra cardio on top of that .
W.S.: Anything you want to add?
M.P.: I want to thank Storm MMA, Dark Carnival, Epic BJJ, Monster Sports Nutrition, and my friends and family who have supported me to get to this point and prepare for the tournament.