Wonder Woman Wednesday….Miss Rara!

Miss Rara has started off as a friend of Fight Chix back when we first started and were hanging out on Myspace. She has grown to be one of the best representatives of the woman’s empowerment brand and a dear friend to our family. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview.

We see that you are now hosting a new MMA show called American CageFighter TV with co-host Nate Quarry. Can you tell us a little bit more about the show and what you are doing with it?

Well… right now I’m currently co-hosting a TV show called American CageFighter which airs on Comcast SportsNet in California. It’s a magazine style show that showcases pro-fighters in their up-and-coming career, the sport of MMA, fighter’s lifestyles, and much more. With the show, I want to be able to show viewers what it’s like being part of the MMA industry, the business side and the partying side… you know, give an MMA fan their all access pass to the sport of MMA.

How did you first get involved in the MMA industry? Back in 2007 I was doing sponsorship marketing for red carpet events and celebrity product placement for an entertainment company in LA. We got hired to find sponsors for the first North American Mixed Martial Arts Expo (NAMMAE), which later became known as IMMAE. At that time I was a member of one of the world’s largest MMA forums, The Underground.  And if you’re familiar with that forum, it’s the place to go to for any form of marketing in MMA.  I had no idea our entertainment company was going to pick up NAMMAE as a client at that time.  Once that happened, I was able to make a lot of connections and take part in the production and marketing of the event.  It was a blessing in disguise.  After that, I started to host an online internet show called MMA with Yac & J on ProElite.com (when they were around) and I guess you could say the rest is history… 🙂

Do you think your Filipino background contributed to your success in the MMA industry? If you think about the Filipino culture, we are very prideful when it comes to our heritage. We support one another in everything we do. My Filipino background helped contribute the MMA industry by bringing Filipino’s together when I promoted Their Fight Is Our Fight, a charity put together to raise money to the typhoon victims in the Philippines.  So in a way, I’d say, yes. Yes, being Filipino helped contribute to my success in MMA because these are the people who support me and come to my events and watch my show.

What are your views on women involved in the MMA scene and do you think women will ever compete in the UFC? I love women involved in MMA – we are the supporters and the backbone to our fighters.  I especially love seeing the women who’ve been involved in our sport for many years, grow.  I think we are evolving – Women in MMA.  We’re Sexy and we’re strong and as the sport continue to grows, so do the women involved in it. I hope one day women will compete in the UFC.  As of right now, I don’t see it happening for a very long time. Just like the process of getting MMA legal in certain states, it’s going to take a lot of time but will happen one day.

What does being a part of Fight Chix mean to you? Being a part of Fight Chix for the past few years means a lot to me. It’s been nothing a blessing to me. Not only am I able to represent a brand that stands for something I believe in – Empowering women – I’ve been able to witness and be a part of the success and history of women in Mixed Martial Arts.  I get the gratitude of working with good hearted people like Elisabeth and Jake Nuesser who nurture their business like they do with their own family.  They are my family.

You are very well known in the MMA scene..you are close friends with Urijah Faber and have mentioned before that you braid his hair for his fights. Are there any other memorable moments or stories you have experienced that you can share with us ?

I got plenty! But I’ll tell you two of my favorite stories.

It’s nice to know a fighter personally, but it’s even better when you get to know their character.  Take Urijah Faber and Clay Guida for instance…

Story #1 – Urijah Faber: It was in Long Beach, CA at IMMAE 2008, probably one of my favorite events I ever promoted due to the fact that we had over 10,000 MMA fans over the weekend.  We flew in Urijah Faber and brought him in as talent. Urijah and BJ Penn had the biggest line of fans I’ve ever seen.  Fans were waiting for hours just to meet them.  Urijah had to be in Las Vegas for WEC 35 and another appearance that day. After he was done signing autographs we had to take him to the airport. I couldn’t take him because I had to work, so I asked my sister to.  An hour or so after they left Urijah calls me and said “Ummm Rara, your sister missed the exit to LAX. We’re passed Santa Monica now. I’m going to miss my flight. You’re going to have to get me another flight.” I was pissed! I couldn’t believe my sister missed the exit.  There are ‘LAX’ signs every where on the 405 freeway. Not only that, I didn’t want to spend any more money on the companies credit card.  Upset, I told Urijah to put my sister on the phone. He could tell I wanted to yell at her. He calmed me down and said “Rara, what’s in the past is in the past.  We have to move forward.” As upset as I was, I took a deep breath, sucked it up and said “OK, I’ll call you back with the confirmation number.”  Sure enough, we got him on the next flight and he made it to Las Vegas safely.  But the reason why I love this story, is because it really tells you the type of person Urijah is.  He is a real honest positive person.  I love his outlook on life.  This is how he sees his past WEC losses, what’s in the past is in the past, he moved forward and look at him now.  He’s still a stunner with big things poppin’ and little things stoppin’. 

Story #2 – Clay Guida: It was UFC 87 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  After the fight I already made plans with Tracy Lee to hit up a club Eddie Bravo was hosting.  After the fight, we had to head straight to the club with no time to eat.  It’s not something I was not used to because on the west coast every time after a fight, we always have time to eat and then head to the club.  Central Standard Time wasn’t working in my favor so I had to hit up the club with no food in my stomach.  On our way to the club we ran into Clay Guida who invited us to eat sushi… and if you know me, sushi is one of my favorite things to eat.  I couldn’t turn down sushi but at the same time I didn’t want to disappoint Tracy Lee knowing we already made plans.  So I expressed to Clay how hungry I was but couldn’t make it, and that if he remembered to bring me back a Rainbow Roll, I’d love him forever. Sure enough that’s what he did.

After we left the club, we turned the corner and there Clay was, walking with his entourage, with a Rainbow Roll in his hands and chop sticks in his pocket.  I didn’t really think he was going to remember, but he did.  Gotta love that guy…

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At this time if you would like to thank anyone go for it! There are too many people to name for me to thank…. I’d thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, my colleagues, my other half, my family and friends.  It’s with your continuous love and support I’m able to do what I do. I love you all!

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