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Future Stars – Brooke Fahey

IMG_4249Someone to look forward to in the next few years is New Jersey’s Brooke Fahey.

The 16 year old already has an accomplished career in BJJ as a blue belt, earning 12 regional titles to her credit. At the world renowned Miller Brothers gym, she is coached not only the by UFC vets, but also rising stars in their own right pro fighter Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella (16-6-1) and amateur Mike Pagano (8-1).

Fahey will look to follow their footsteps into MMA. Continue reading Future Stars – Brooke Fahey

IMMAF European Open 2016 Coverage

Some of the best amateur female talent have descended in Prague in the Czech Republic for the second annual IMMAF European Open.

Competitors from over a dozen countries will look to shine on the amateur’s biggest world stage. Several World and European champions will look to face a fresh batch of hungry fighters to gain medals and put their names on the international stage. Continue reading IMMAF European Open 2016 Coverage

Future Stars – Amanda Leve

leveOne of the brightest stars will soon be 18, but has already taken the BJJ world by storm.

Amanda Leve made national headlines as she was denied taking part of her high school boys’ wrestling team. It hasn’t detoured the BJJ purple belt from making major waves and having the community buzzing about her being the next star in MMA before she even graduates high school.

Her biggest test so far was in the Grapplers’ Quest Superfight tournament in July 2014, where Leve (then a blue belt) faced some of the best adult BJJ fighters in the country. Leve subbed Rahcael Cummins and would have a thrilling 23 minute match with UFC title contender Cat Zingano.

We caught up with Leve to talk about her background and  her rise in the sport.


Courtesy Pro Grappling League
Courtesy Pro Grappling League

Wombat Sports: Tells us a little about yourself.

Amanda Leve: I have been training for 6 years now. I received my purple belt this past October . I have won multiple NAGA and Grappler’s Quest championships. I hold the women’s absolute title in the Professional Grappling League.

Wombat: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?

Leve: I got involved in jiu jitsu because of my uncle and dad. They both loved watching the UFC and figured since I was athletic that I should try it. My first jiu jitsu class i loved it and stuck with it.

W.S.: What do you enjoy about it?

A.L.: I enjoy jiu jitsu because it is an outlet for all my frustrations but also a fun active sport that is technical and that I can achieve goals in.

W.S.: How has your friends and classmates reacted to it?

A.L.: My friends and classmates think it is extremely cool to be involved in a sport like jiu jitsu.

W.S.: How about your family?

A.L.: My family supports me 110% especially my dad and uncle. My mom always gets nervous with the whole thing.

W.S.: Can you tell us about your gym and coaches?

A.L.: I train under Ricardo Almeida. He is an amazing black belt and coach. He cares about all of his students and is willing to help whenever you need him. At Ricardo Almeida’s BJJ it is like one big family. Everyone is so helpful and friendly. Plus the talent at Ricardo’s is world class!

W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting? What have you found difficult?

A.L.:  What comes naturally to me fighting is the competitiveness and learning. I have always been competitive and I always love to learn new submissions and sweeps.

W.S.: It’s been over a year since you were denied to be a part of the boy’s wrestling team. Are you still wrestling outside of school?

A.L.: I have been denied to be part of the wrestling team at my school but i never wrestled anywhere I just train at my jiu jitsu school.

From left to right: Eubanks, Easton, Stikk, Miele, and Leve
From left to right: Eubanks, Easton, Stikk, Miele, and Leve

W.S.: You were impressive last year at the Grappler’s Quest Superfight tournament at the UFC Expo. Can you tell us about being a part of a tournament with such great talent?

A.L.: The Grappler’s Quest Superfight was an amazing experience. At the time I was a blue belt. I love submission only tournaments and the talent of the women was amazing. I was honored to be part of such a great tournament. I was able to win my first match by rear naked choke and then I was able to have a 23 minute match with the great Cat Zingano (highlights here). It was a fantastic battle between the two of us. She eventually caught me in a heel hook. She was by far the strongest woman I have ever competed against.

W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?

A.L.: Frankie Edgar and GSP are two fighters I definitely look up too. Frankie Edgar is a member of my team so it is an honor to watch him train and get ready for his wars. He has awesome stand-up and jiu jitsu. GSP has dedication and fitness like no one else. Plus he has respect for his opponents and doesn’t get arrogant. In the jiu jitsu world I would definitely say Makenzie Dern. She is a young woman black belt with great technical skill.

W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in MMA?

A.L.: The future of WMMA I believe can only get better. Now that women are in the UFC and are getting more publicity soon they will be adding more and more women’s fights. Honestly women’s fights are more aggressive and entertaining anyway!

W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?

A.L.: I eventually want to fight MMA and am training for it! Right now I am keeping up with my jiu jitsu and entering as many tournaments as I possibly can!

W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?

A.L.:  I would like to thank my dad and uncle for always pushing me in the greatest sport ever! They never let me quit and made me who I am today! I would like to thank my grandparents for always driving me to train when I couldn’t drive yet. I would like to thank my coaches and all my training partners who help me get better each and everyday! Thank you!

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You can follow Amanda Leve on twitter @Amanda_Leve.

Future Stars – Cydnee Winger

cyndee winger 03High school junior Cydnee Winger is about ready to take on the world.

The Colorado native trains six days a week on top of doubling her class work so she can graduate early. She currently is a second degree blackbelt in Youn wha, a hybred martial art that incorporates both striking and ground training.

We talk to Winger about her goals in the sport, and her training in Colorado.


Wombat Sports: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?

Cydnee Winger: My dream all started when I was five. My parents took me to a local karate class and ever since then I haven’t been able to stop. I watched the UFC fights growing up but I saw a opportunity when the UFC began to bring in women fighters. I enjoy the diversity as well as the constant change in the mma world.

Honestly, all I want in the world is to aspire as a pro mma fighter.

Wombat: What discipline do you train in?

Winger:  I trained in Youn wha martial arts which is a mixture of all seven disciplines.

W.S.: Can you tell us about your gym and coaches?

C.W.: I’ve started up at Child’s Play Gym, a private gym in Parker, CO. My coaches and team are the best people in my life. Vern Earwood, my coach, challenges everyone and still keeps that support system strong. The gym is one of the top in the state an we cross train with Grudge and other gyms.

cyndee winger 02W.S.: What do you enjoy about training?

C.W.: Everything is evolving and nothing is constant.

W.S.: How has your friends and classmates reacted to your fight training?

C.W.: My friends encourage me, while my classmates try and put down my goals and aspirations.

W.S.: How about your family?

C.W.: My family supports me with every fiber they have.

W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?

C.W.: I look up to those who were once underdogs and have overcome challenges. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrine has always been one of my favorite fighters because he is humble.

W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in MMA?

C.W.: I feel like the future for females in MMA is only beginning to unravel. The potential as athletes will continue to grow and surpass any negativity towards women in a “mans sport. ” naturally being humble comes naturally to me.

W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting? What have you found difficult?

C.W.: The natural thing for me is I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone but myself. The only person who can diminish my flame and passion towards my dreams Is me. I do everything in my power to be better than I was yesterday.

The hardest thing for me to grasp is the ground game. So I take extra time out to work at something that is my weakness so someday it will be my strength. The striking and stand up is one of my strongest points.

W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?

C.W: My dream is to make it into UFC and be one of the youngest champions in the league.

W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?

C.W.: I’m grateful for my family and my coaches as well as my team. They drive me to succeed in every way possible.

Help us Create a New Wombat Sports

writers-wantedAs I explained in my open letter, I am looking to change Wombat Sports to what it was initially meant to be. I can’t do this on my own, and that;s where you come in.

We are looking for contributors to help with writing articles and covering certain combat sports. You would also get to interview talented athletes in those sports.

The main contributors we are looking for is in women’s boxing, Muay Thai, freestyle wrestling, and BJJ. (We already have some people interested in covering the WMMA portion of the site). The cool things is I have the tools to gain news and info for these sports, just not the time to write it up. You can “learn on the job” if you aren’t an expert on these topics; but being curious is the key thing.

You can learn more about what I am expecting and what benefits come with being a part of Wombat Sports here.

xIonx Joins Wombat Sports as a Sponsor

XionX_LogoWombat Sports seals another partnership as xIonx has signed on as a sponsor.

Dr. Howard Fidler, DC, the Director of Sports Performance for the company, has worked with some of the best sports athletes including Mike Tyson, pro wrestlers, golfers, and Olympians. His work with MMA fighters, including many female fighters, have gained “Doc Howie” a reputation as a go-to for pain relief and body alignment.

The xIonx bands were tested the man himself, giving them to his patients hoping to debunk it like some of those other performance bands on the market. Athletes proved the bands work; giving them improve energy, fell less fatigued, and helps with muscle soreness and faster recovery. As a user myself, I can attest the band has helped me with balance and the occasional headache.

If you you press the link and buy a band, part of the proceeds goes back to us to help us expand coverage on the site. xIonx always helps support female fighters in multiple ways.

Welcome to the family xIonx and Doc Howie!

Wombat Sports Partners with MMA Somnia

mma somina logo whiteWombat Sports is proud to announce it’s newest sponsor MMASomnia.com.

MMA Somnia is dedicated helping female fighters getting what they need to succeed. They sell women’s boxing, MMA, and Muay Thai gear and we felt that they fill a much needed spot in terms of helping the sport succeed.

We encourage our readers to give ourselves and MMA Somnia suggestions on what they would like to see them carry so we can help them grow and give you the tools you need.

When you shop at MMA Somnia via our link, Wombat Sports will get a commission so we can continue to expand coverage.

Please help support us and MMA Somnia as we both try to make female fighting even better.

Wombat Sports Celebrates Three Years of Women’s Combat Coverage

thrid anniversaryWe started Wombat Sports back in 2011 with the hope of giving the world more information and exposure of women’s combat sports, be it MMA, boxing, BJJ, kickboxing, or wrestling. Three years later, all sports have gained some ground and created new stars.

These past three years we have seen the creation of Invicta, women in the UFC, and women’s boxing in the Olympics. Women’s Muay Thai gained ground with US promotions, and women’s wrestling has expanded on all levels from the high school level to collegiate to the Olympics.

The participation of girls at younger and younger ages has also become a good sign growth won’t be stifled anytime soon.

Among our accomplishments have been covering events all across the U.S., helping introduce new stars, and connecting fans to their favorite fighters. We are a portal for information, including fight results of all types and how you can check out your favorite fighter on many different platforms. We may not be the first ones to be dedicated to female fighting, but we are seeing more and more sites pop up every day and we are proud to help inspire people to promote the female fighting community.

We are hoping to continue to grow and expand over the coming years. Increasing coverage in boxing and kickboxing, continuing to introduce new up and coming talent, and gaining relationships with promoters interested in giving female fighters opportunities to fight.

We thank you, our readers, for the continued support of the website. We also thank the fighters who have been open with us and giving up some time so we may expand the fans’ minds to their world.

Thanks to our friends and family in the female fighting community who have been the backbone of the site. Your information and insight has been invaluable to keep us as one of the top sites for female fighting news.

No clue what the next year will bring in women’s combat sports, but we are excited to be a part of the journey.

 

Future Stars – Alexandra Carter

alexandra carter 01Texas has been know for some of the toughest fighters around and Alexandra Carter is no exception.

The Gracie BJJ student has placed first in teen divisions multiple times at NAGA in both gi and no-gi. She has traveled a bit outside her native Allen, TX to train at other Gracie facilities and is looking to continue her journey with a new gym in the near future.

We talked to Carter about her passion for BJJ.

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Wombat Sports: What got you interested in combat sports?

Alexandra Carter: I’ve always loved action movies and thought martial arts looked cool from what I saw onscreen. In middle school a martial arts school opened up across the street from my house. My dad suggested I try it out and that’s how I got into martial arts.

alexandra carterWombat: What do you enjoy about BJJ?

Carter: My favorite thing about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is how stress relieving it is, but also how it challenges you mentally and physically.

W.S.: How has your friends and classmates reacted to it?

A.C.: My friends and classmates thought it was really cool when I started martial arts and they still do. My friends are very supportive because it’s a sport I enjoy.

W.S.: How about your family?

A.C.: My dad always supported me through martial arts. He helped me start working out outside my gym and hold the pads for me to practice my sparring combinations. He’s been supportive the whole way which is really encouraging to me.

My mom was really worried about the possibility of serious injuries and didn’t want me to train at first, but when I started competing more she decided to support me.

W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting? What have you found difficult?

A.C.: I feel like Jiu Jitsu was very challenging when I started, but I got more comfortable once I got more mat hours. My difficulty is when I come across a move that I find challenging and I get frustrated until I understand the action better.

W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?

A.C.: I look up to the Gracie family, especially Kyra Gracie and also Mackenzie Dern, or any woman who has been able to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

My favorite judoka and mixed martial artist is Ronda Rousey! She’s a total badass and a perfect example of how bad ass women can be.

W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in fighting?

A.C.: Since women are now recognized more often in martial arts, women are starting to prove to the world that men aren’t the only ones capable of fighting in combat sports. I also think women being let into the UFC is a great start, but that it is only the beginning for the future of female fighters.

W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?

A.C.: My aspiration in the future is to compete more, get my black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and someday win IBJJF worlds then possibly get into mixed martial arts.

W.S.: Anything you want to add/thank?

A.C.: I would like to thank the instructors that have helped me along the way, my dad for getting me into martial arts, my friends and family for supporting me and BHFV Clothing for sponsoring me.

You can find me on Instagram & twitter @alessandrabjj.

The MRS (WMMA & WBoxing News) May 2

Julaton Courtesy Nevin Reyes/Rappler
Julaton Courtesy Nevin Reyes/Rappler

Miscellaneous News

In results from Friday morning, boxing champion Ana Julaton makes a successful pro MMA, getting the TKO over Aya Saeid Saber by TKO round 3, and Jujeath Nagaowa defeated Jeet Toshi by TKO in round 2.


In boxing action Thursday, Ana Simeonova defeated Ivana Yaneva by unanimous decision in Sofia, Bulgaria.


We got a lot of interviews this past week in Vegas besides the ones we did with the TUF tryout participants. These includes TUF 20 housemates Tecia Torres and Emily Peters-Kagan, as well as Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes, Kyra Batara, Julie Kedzie, Jordan McDonald, and Tuff-n-uff promoter Jeff Meyer. These will be posted in the coming weeks.

For now, you can watch the TUF tryout interviews below:

Part 1 (Angela Hill, Angelica Chavez, Helen Harper, Holly Cline, & Jenny Liou)

Part 2 (Justine Kish, Aisling Daly, Amy Cadwell-Montenegro, Nina Ansaroff, Claire Fryer, Diana Rael, & Danielle Taylor)

Part 3 (Heather Clark, Lisa Ellis, Chelsea Bailey, Jocelyn Lybarger, Jillian Lybarger, Maria Andaverde, Charlene Gellner, & Tessa Simpson)


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Dudieva
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Randamie

Milana Dudieva has signed to the UFC and sees her first test against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 174 in Vancouver, Canada June 14th.

Dudieva (10-3) is coming off back to back submission wins and finished all but one of her wins. She has wins over former UFC fighter Sheila Gaff and  InvictaFC vet Danielle West.

Randamie (4-3) won her UFC debut over veteran fighter Julie Kedzie, but would lose to Amanda Nunes this past fall.

The match is suspected to air on Fox Sports 1 as a part of the UFC 174 prelims.


The new Unified rankings are out with some changes in the bantamweight, flyweight, and strawweight lists.

With her loss to Miesha Tate, Liz Carmouche drops down a spot to #9, trading places with InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy.

With Leslie Smith move back to 135, she has dropped out of the 125 rankings shifting everyone below #3 up a spot. Zoila Frausto returns to the list at #10.

With her recent set of wins, Kalindra Faria enters the strawweight list at #9, pushing Herica Tiburcio out of the Top 10.

Featherweight and atomweights stay pat.

You can read the complete Unified rankings here.


Bantamweight standout Kate da Silva will take on Jess Rose Clark at XFC Australia for the promotions first ever 135 title June 14th in Brisbane, Australia.

Da Silva (5-1) was a runner-up in the Storm Damage tournament this past fall, losing to Faith Van Duin. She will be a part of the Princesses of Pain round robin tournament this weekend.

Clark (3-1) is coming off a first round submission win and finished all but one of her opponents.


Suvi Salmimies has a change in opponent for upcoming fight at Lappeenranta Fight Night 10 May 17 in Finland. She will take on pro debuter Clemence Schreiber of France.


Our news editor MarQ was a guest of Fight Life Media this past week to talk about covering women in MMA and what he expects in the upcoming Ultimate Fighter season.

They also did an interview with Heather Clark who tried out for TUF 20.

You can watch the interviews here.


Rumors

A lot of the foreign TUF cast is sticking in the US to get prepared for June when they enter the house. Alex Chambers has been training with Miesha Tate at Xtreme Couture, while Bec Rawlings has been training in San Diego at Alliance MMA with Brandon and Kerry Vera.

Joanne Calderwood told us she is heading back to Scotland for her training camp.


Many of those in Vegas this week went to Xtreme Couture to train, and we expect the women’s team, right now headed by Miesha Tate, will see some more members as the year progresses.


Even though we can’t say who made it or not, several fights were booked in the next couple of weeks that may not happen if one or two of the participants are picked up for TUF 20. So keep an eye on our Upcoming Fights/Results page for changes.


Kyra Batara will be fighting for RFA June 6 and her opponent should be announced in the next few days.


Scheduled Fights

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Maaka, Watt, & Silva

Pro MMA

Princess of Pain returns to Aukland, New Zealand with two female tournaments and an action packed undercard.

The pro tournament will feature three bantamweight prospects in a round robin. Kate Da Silva (5-1 pro), Desiree Ann Maaka (1-1 ammy) and Charlene Watt (4-1 ammy) will fight each other with the winner getting a title shot against champion Dawn Chalmers.

An amateur flyweight tournament is also set. In the semi-finals, Tairi Ford takes on Hera Tamati, while Serina Cole faces Ursula Nicole Marshall-Steele. The winners will face each other later in the night to crown a tournament champion.

Four other non-tournament bouts will also happen:

  • Missy Layton vs. Tracey Burns
  • Gabrielle Marsters vs. Sabrina Compton
  • Barbra Verlinden vs. Bente Hollen
  • Elizabeth Warner vs. Krissy Hunter

In other pro bouts:

  • Pannie Kianzad takes on Annalisa Bucci at Superior Challenge in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • In Olimpia Fight in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Cassie Crisano faces Glauciele Silva (145)
  • In a pair of bouts at Aspera FC 6 in Santa Catarina, Brazil, Karine Silva battles Cintia Nunes and Roberta Paim fights Thais Machado
  • Betina Baino takes on Claudia Vasconcellos at Samurai Combate 5 in Rio de Grabde Sul, Brazil
  • At Cage Sports in Tacoma, WA, Reagen Benedetti faces Katie Howard

Ammy MMA

In amateur action this weekend:

  • At Eternal MMA in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Janay Harding faces Helen Malone
  • Cheryl Flynn takes on Michelle Jones at AON in Leeds, England
  • At Fightquest 28 in Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada, Johannie Gervais battles Camelia Ruest
  • Devaney Clayton fights Bi Nguyen at IXFA in Vinton, Louisiana
  • At Spar Star in Inglewood, California, Jessica Nasrallah takes on Alyssa Garcia
  • In a pair of bouts at Ultimate Reno Combat in Reno, NV, Lacy Pigott faces Ashley Medina, and Stacy Vandiest battles Amber Leibrock 

Boxing

A pair of title bouts are set for Brandenburg, Germany.

Derya Saki will take on Flora Machela for the vacant GBC lightweight title, and Jennifer Retzke battles Everline Odero – vacant GBC light welterweight title.

Saki (6-0) finished four of her opponents and seeking her first title. Machela (5-1) has finished in all but one of her wins and also seeks her first belt.

Retzke  (13-1-1) is the German GBA champion and has 9 KOs to her credit. Odero (6-4-1) has yet to be finished.


In other boxing action

  • In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rose Volante faces Erika Karolina
  • Kali Reis battles Marva Dash (160) in Canton, Massachusetts

Future Stars – Gianna Cilenti

Gianna Cilenti 01Nine year old Gianna “BamBam” Cilenti is preparing early for her future career as a MMA fighter.

The New York native trains grappling and kickboxing at Nanuet Tiger Schulman School and BJJ at Renzo Gracie’s Academy in new Jersey. Gianna also studied traditional karate at Thomas Clifford Martial Arts.

Cilenti has won several NAGA and grappling titles, having yet to taste defeat. She also has a 4-2 record in amateur kickboxing.


Wombat Sports: What got you interested in combat sports?

Gianna Cilenti: When I was 6 years old, I went to my friend’s karate birthday party and loved it! At that time I was in gymnastics and I cried every day because I wanted my mom to bring me back to the karate place. There is nothing else I wanted to do.

Wombat: What do you enjoy about it?

Cilenti: I love everything about it, I especially love competing. It keeps me fit and it is so much fun. I like challenging myself every time I get on the mat and every time I am scheduled for a fight. I try to compete once a month.

W.S.: How has your friends and classmates reacted to it?

G.C.: My friends are really into what I do and a lot of them will come watch me fight. Having my friends interested in what I do helps me challenge myself more because I want them to keep them interested and show them that not everything is easy and if you challenge yourself you can do anything.

W.S.: How about your family?

G.C.: My family are my biggest supporters and I wouldn’t be able to do this without my mom, dad and sister. When I compete I can always hear my family and friends cheering me on and it makes me work harder. There are times I am tired and my family encourages me to go train and work hard. I love when they encourage me because I perform my best. My family even turned our family room into a training place for me. My Deshi Jackie gave me mats and now I get to train whenever I want.

W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?

G.C.: The people I look up to most are my parents and my sister they are the best role models. Ronda Rousey is my idol. There are a lot of fighters and trainers I look up to; Kyoshi Clifford, Professors Massaro, Joshu Trizano, Maureen Shea, Jennie Nedell, Joshu Kendall, Chris Weidman, Eddie “Truck” Gordon and “Iron” Mike Fischetti.

W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females fighting?

G.C.: I hope that more girls get into fighting. Not every sport has to be for boys because girls are tough to. Ronda Rousey made it possible for me to have a chance to be in the UFC and I hope that when I become a world champion other little girls will want to fight and become a champ. At each competition I notice more and more girls competing. It’s great because at most Events the girls have their own division. I hope the girls division keeps growing.

Gianna Cilenti 02W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting? What have you found difficulty?

G.C.: Everything about combat sports comes naturally. I feel like I belong on the mat, the mat is part of me. My life will always be about training hard and fighting. I couldn’t imagine not participating in combat sports, it’s in my blood.

The hardest part for me is when I am competing and I get tired, I feel like I might not win, then I hear my sister rooting me on and I push hard.

W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?

G.C.: I want to be and will be a world champion. I want to get in the cage for the UFC and win that Belt. I want to win a Gold Medal in the Olympics and represent my Country. I know I can do it. I have so many people supporting me. I want other girls to look up to me someday and not be afraid of combat sports. I will be the Princess of the Cage.

W.S.: Anything you want to add/thank?

G.C.: I want to thank my mom for always taking me to training, taking me to fights and being my training partner when I want to practice my arm bar. My Dad who lets me choke him out. My sister for always being there for me. I also want to thank all my trainers and fighter friends who take time to train me, encourage me and support me. I have a great team.