Wow! I have been jet-setting a lot this week! Left New York last night and landed in LA. Now I’m in LA getting ready to attend the ESPYs this afternoon. They are taping the show tonight and will air it on Sunday (I hope you all will watch!).
Other than that, I am keeping busy with press and TRAINING! I even travel with a trainer so I have no excuses. Not that I need any. This fight with Cris Cyborg is enough motivation for me. I’m SO excited for August 15th (and I hope you are too).
Okay, well keep checking back. I know I’ve said that I’ve been taking video to post on here and I PROMISE I will post it soon – I just need time to upload it and I haven’t been able to do that yet.
Thanks for the support!
Bark again soon!
Hey, everybody - this is my first official post and I am so excited to be a part of YARDBARKER!!! Not only will I be typing you messages every once in a while but I also have a Flip Cam (thanks, YB) and so you'll get to see video footage of me and everything I'm going through as I get ready for my August 15th fight against Cris Cyborg.
I started training when I walked into Master Toddy's gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was going to school and had no real solid direction in my life. Muay Thai gave me something to focus on. I started going twice a week, then three times a week and before I knew it, I was in the gym everyday soaking in all the information I could handle. I had my first fight 6 months after I started and from that point I compiled a record of 12 wins 1 loss and 1 draw.
At that time, I was attending the University of Nevada-Las Vegas planning on graduating with a Psychology degree. But doors started opening for me and I found myself in a situation where I had to choose one or the other. School or fighting? Since I was much more passionate about Muay Thai, I withdrew from my classes and began to travel around the world to fight and participate in fight events. It opened my eyes and gave me a whole new education. I traveled to Thailand 4 times and fought twice. I loved it.
I fought in a K-1 match in Las Vegas at the Mirage and frequently fought at what used to be the Stardust in Las Vegas. I was then offered the opportunity to fight in the first ever sanctioned MMA bout in Nevada against Leiticia Pestova. I won that match in 39 seconds. My third fight was against Elaina Maxwell, was also the first time a well-known MMA promotion, StrikeForce, was to have females on their card in December 06'. I won by unanimous decision. I was then signed to the (then) up-and-coming promotion, Elite XC , and was offered the first televised female MMA fight to be shown on Showtime.
After that, came other opportunities - I was a part of an independent film called "Ring Girls" and a reality show called "Fight Girls". I was a featured as “Crush” on American Gladiators for two seasons on NBC. I was the character of the Russian sniper “Natasha” in the EA game “Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3”. I was in a Pepsi commercial that aired during the 2009 Super Bowl and chosen as #16 on the 2009 Maxim Hot 100 list which lead to a marketing campaign for General Motors. I’ve been a guest on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson Show, NBC’s TODAY Show, featured on Warrior Nation (MSNBC) and featured on ESPN’s “I’d Do Anything” reality show.
I consider myself incredibly blessed to be in the position I am in. And I want to thank everyone who has helped me to get where I am today.