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TRAINING: A typical day of training starts with coffee, followed by music and driving, followed by workout #1, which is usually either striking or strength and conditioning. Then more driving, lunch, nap, then workout #2, which could be anything from wrestling to grappling to swimming. Some days we'll add a third workout, but that usually depends on how I'm feeling on that particular day.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started judo at 11, retired at 21, and started MMA at 22 because I realized I didn't really want to work in a conventional field of work for the rest of my life.
What ranks and titles have you held? UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion, Junior World Champion (judo), World Silver Medalist (judo), Olympic Bronze medalist (judo), Pan Am Games Champion (judo), 4th degree Black belt in Judo. The Ultimate Fighter season 18 coach.
Do you have any heroes? FEDOR!!! I would have 57 of his babies if he'd let me.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means my life rocks and I have the coolest job ever.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did go to a few colleges and I learned that formal education is not for me.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was a bartender, cocktail waitress, canine physical therapy assistant, and I also worked graveyard shifts for 24 hour fitness.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 3-0 in amateur MMA - all 3 fights combined was under 2 minutes
Ranks in any martial arts styles: 4th dan in Judo
Favorite grappling technique: Anything that results in me winning
Favorite striking technique: Anti-game