When and why did you start training for fighting? I started in 2011. I thought my wrestling journey was over after I came home my first year of college. But I wasn't done competing. I started working at this dojo and the instructor there believed in me. He convinced me to start fighting (it didn't take much) and it's been a new journey since.
What ranks and titles have you held? I am currently the LFA Bantamweight champion. I also have held titles for King of the Cage, Sugar Creek Showdown, and XFL. I am a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu. I just made partner of the quarter at my job Starbucks, as well.
Do you have any heroes? Coach Johnny Cobb, my high school wrestling coach, has always been my hero. He believed in me all my life and made me the athlete and person I am today. My teammate Kristina Williams is also a hero of mine. I watch her work and she never complains. She lives life how you are supposed to. She keeps me going and reminds me not to care what others think but to focus on the main goals of careers. She truly represents what a woman should be.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC means everything to me. It's a dream, goal, and destiny. Being in the UFC is just the beginning for me. It's a chance to set new expectations. It's a chance for the world to hear my story and let me be a real role model for those who need one. All the blood, sweat, and tears will finally mean something. Being in the UFC gives me the purpose I have been searching for.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I have my Bachelor's in Sports and Exercise Science from West Texas A&M University. I would like to go back for either counseling or business. Maybe both! Being a middle school counselor or opening my own coffee shop has been on my heart and mind for a while now.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was still really young before I started fighting, 19. I had multiple jobs since fighting: Waitress, hostess, Children's Home PRN, cookie baker, nursery associate, etc. etc. I gave up a steady job at a Martial Arts Warehouse because they kept writing me up when I'd try to train and take fights. My coach Derrick Adkins said "make it work" so I quit and got a job at Starbucks. They've actually treated me very well and support me more than any business ever has. I am also working at First Rate Eye Care as an optometry tech.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I only had one amateur kickboxing fight before going pro. I did a year at Oklahoma City University and wrestled all through middle school and high school. I was an all-state wrestler and qualified at nationals my senior year.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Learning how to move my head better has been a big accomplishment. I used to just take damage and go (Laughs). Being the LFA Champion and getting on the Contender Series has definitely been the biggest so far. Every step is a step and I am grateful for all life is giving me.
Favorite grappling technique: I really like the kimura. I've started playing around with it and am trying to learn the different ways to utilize the move.
Favorite striking technique: Since moving to American Elite, my Muay Thai game has made a lot of progress. I would love to learn elbows and really mess some people up.