Real Fighting Throwdown 7 presented by Real Fitness and MMA in Collinwood, Tennessee. We recently connected with 22 year old MMA fighter Danielle from Lutts, Tennessee for the interview below to learn a little more about her prior to her big fight this Saturday.
How did you get involved in MMA and how long have you been training?
-I’ve always loved the sport for as long as I can remember and always watch it on TV and YouTube. One of my best friends named Alex Davis showed me some things in his backyard one day after school and I was hooked! I wanted to learn more and more! A few years after that are when Michael and Tesa Andrews moved to Collinwood and brought MMA to Wayne County! I have been training off and on with them since day one!
Where are you currently training, and what’s a typical training week like for you?
-I train with Real Fitness and MMA, Team Last Man Standing in Collinwood, Tennessee. We train Monday through Thursday and sometimes on the weekend.
Tell us about your upcoming fight, who you’re fighting and where?
-I am fighting July 27th at the Recreation Building in Collinwood, Tennessee for RFT 7 presented by Real Fitness and MMA. I’m fighting Allyson Alexandria (Ally Free) from Huntsville, Tennessee.
What is your best experience as a fight? What is your worst?
-My first fight was my best experience. I won in the first round with a TKO. That was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had! After the fight everybody was congratulating me! Little kids were coming up to me and telling me how good I was and how they want to be fighters too! Also this younger girl came up to me and asked if she could have her picture taken with me! She told me she was going to fight in the cage when she got old enough. It was truly an amazing experience.
-My worst experience would have to be my second fight that was supposed to take place. My opponent backed out the day of our fight. She was under weight. Since then I have had three more fighters back out. It was very disappointing, but only made me want to push and train harder!
What advice would you give to other women who are reading this interview and want to get started in MMA?
-Go for it! There are no limits and nothing or no one can hold you back from what you truly want to do. The only person that can hold you back is yourself.
What or who are your inspirations in life?
-That would be my momma, my niece and nephew.
Who are you favorite MMA fighters?
-Ronda Rousey, Gina Carano, Anderson Silva, Alexis Davis, Forrest Griffin and Felice Herrig.
How do you enjoy your free time when not training or fighting?
-I love doing anything outdoors. Spending time with my family, especially my niece and nephew, my friends and my animals ;)
For those who will inquire we have a few questions for the male readership as well.
Are you single?
-I am recently single, lol.
What do you look for in a guy?
-Looks are important but it’s the inside that is most important. Someone who has a great and outgoing personality, always real and straight up with me, respects me and can make me laugh.
What are your turn-ons?
-Tattoos, when a guy can be himself around me, someone who is honest, and someone who doesn’t care to wrestle and get whooped by a girl, lol.
What are your turnoffs?
-Liars, cheaters, players, and guys that are conceited and think they can have any girl they want! It’s not ok when a guy is more into himself than his girl.
What would you say is your best feature?
Lastly before we let you go we would love to hear about your future plans and let you send some shout outs.
Any future plans or dreams?
-I no longer really make plans much anymore. I just take things day by day and one step at a time. I want to go back to college, still continue to work and just live my life.
Any shout outs you would like to make?
-First off, I want to thank God because without him none of this would be possible. I want to thank my family, friends, and my LMS family! My coach Michael Andrews, his wife Tesa Andrews, and my Muay Thai coach Britt Eskridge. Also, I want to give a special thanks to the toughest woman I know, my momma! She’s my biggest fan and has been there for me since day one!
Thank you very much for your time and good luck on fight night Danielle! Send your shout outs to Danielle on Twitter and check out her gym Real Fitness and MMA on Facebook.