Getting injured is part of the profession of an MMA fighter. You pulled out of a fight on 25th September 2017 citing back injury. You faced Jessica Rose-Clark on 14th January 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi and broke your arm in the second round. How you are able to overcome these physical sporting professional injuries and what is your advice to the young MMA fighters, who are inspired by you?
Unfortunately I have had injuries in my career. The most prominent is breaking my right arm in the middle of a fight. I had the strength and willpower to continue and actually won the third round. But that injury set me back with three surgeries to fix the break. Truthfully injuring yourself that many times can cause your mind to weeken. But I go back to you again my amazing support system. My husband kept me training and pushing very hard through every injury I encounter. For young fighters who experience injuries my advice would be to keep your mind busy and heart focused on why you started. And remember fighting is not who you are it is what you do. The light always comes after the darkness.
Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and budding MMA girl participants, who all are your fans and shall like to know from you for their climb to the ladder of success in the field of MMA fighting?
To be successful and MMA you have to absolutely love it. And know that if fighting is in your heart that means it’s already a part of you. It runs through your veins. Being a female and a male dominated sport can be very hard. The biggest lessons that I have learned throughout my years in fighting is, know your worth, listen to your gut feeling and never let anybody tell you what you can or cannot do.
You have released your biography, Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life on April 10, 2018. The book details your rise to fame, including your UFC battles, personal battles, and appearances on Dancing with the Stars. Elaborate more about this endeavor of yours, so the viewers are inspired to buy and read this book of yours?
I released a biography a few years ago about a very terrible struggle in my life. I wrote it because I knew that there were other people who were facing demons like I have. I thought it was a very important message to put out to show people that you can go through absolute darkness and still come out to be very successful. We look at celebrities and think that they have it all put together and came from somewhere that we didn’t. I grew up in a single wide mobile home in Dayton Oregon. I struggled with extreme bullying, sexual assault and many other battles. Everybody is facing a war within themselves. It’s about finding your strengths through those times and choosing to rise from the ashes.
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