I started taking kickboxing classes 5 years ago as a way to get back into shape after the birth of my daughter. It became clear pretty quickly this was not going to be just an exercise regime for me. The classes I was taking weren’t challenging enough so hired a private instructor and started doing some serious training.
In September 2007 I watched my first live MMA event, it was an Elite XC fight, Gina Carano was on the card and I was very inspired by what she did that night. I had mostly done stand up and only played around on the ground a little until I enrolled at Renzo Gracie Academy a few months ago. Now Bjj is the part of my training I look forward to the most.
Have you considered pursuing it as a career? And if so, what would your “fight” name be?
No, I never considered that, I recognize my limits, but I’d like to compete as long as I can. My friends are jokingly suggesting Ottavia “Disastro” Bourdain
How did you first hear about Fight Chix?
A tweet from you guys! I checked out your website and loved it! Your t-shirts and fight gear are awesome.
I think it’s bullshit, but that said, I think we need a larger pool of high profile women fighters. As they have a steeper hill to climb, they need to be both technically good fighters and have the ability to grab attention.
You train at the Renzo Gracie Academy . How is it working with the best BJJ people in the business?
It’s amazing. Since day one everybody has been so welcoming. Renzo is definitely the nicest guy in the business. Igor Gracie is my professor, he’s tremendously skilled, incredibly patient, and a great person. I see him as a real role model. When Igor travels, Luciano Cristovam, who’s also awesome, trains me. I know I’m incredibly lucky, the academy is like my second home, it’s my happy place.
Since you are into MMA/BJJ obviously you are competitive. Do you train to compete or just for fun? What are your goals within the sport?
I’m training everyday as if I had a fight tomorrow. For the moment I want to do as many bjj competitions as I can, but the idea of taking an MMA fight is appealing.
What is some of your favorite workout music? Songs, musicians, etc?
When you go out to eat with Anthony, who picks the restaurant?
Who is your favorite MMA fighter (male and/or female) and why?
Jon Bones Jones. He’s the most entertaining fighter out there, he’s capable of anything, you never know what he’s going to do next. That’s exciting.
Women’s sports have come a long way and at a rapid pace in the past 15 years. Why do you think that is? Have you considered teaming up with other women in the MMA world to help build and promote it?
They haven’t come far enough. I’d love to help promote wmma and I’m looking for an opportunity to do just that.
Will you and Anthony take me out to eat and have drinks sometime? Just kidding.
Of course! As long as you are not a vegetarian!