Sugar Creek Showdown 18 in Hinton, Oklahoma at the Sugar Creek Casino. Originally a small town girl from Miles City, Montana she moved out to Colorado two and a half years ago to do something big, something different and chase some dreams. Now in Colorado Springs she has found her home and destiny with Drew Lawrence at Pariah MMA as a MMA fighter. We recently caught up with 22 year old Darla for the interview below before she steps back into the cage.
How did you get involved in MMA and how long have you been training?
-I have always liked to watch the sport. In Montana there are smaller promotions I used to ring girl for, I got to sit cage side and rage. The pay wasn't bad, and I got to leave town for the weekend. Then I decided I just wanted to try it out, again I got to leave town and do something fun. I had my first fight when I was 18 and had a couple more just for fun. I didn't start training in a gym until I moved out to Colorado. The first real coaching I had was with Pariah MMA here in Colorado Springs, Drew Lawrence (as well as Lee Douglas and my teammates) made me the fighter I am from the ground up. When I came to him I didn't know how to throw a jab.
Where are you currently training, and what's a typical training week like for you?
-PARIAH MMA BABY! I train with Drew Lawrence, Lee Douglas, Angel Cejudo, and Scott Cleve. WE GO HARD!! All week!!
Tell us about your upcoming fight, who you're fighting and where?
-I am fighting Jinh Yu July 27th for a belt on Sugar Creek Showdown #18 in Hinton, Oklahoma at the Sugar Creek Casino.
What is your best experience as a fighter? What is your worst?
-That's a hard question. I have had a lot of great experiences as a fighter so to pick one is impossible. I really don't know what the worst would be either; I try to always look at the positive n f**k the rest.
What advice would you give to other women who are reading this interview and want to get started in MMA?
-It’s a great way to get into shape and feel great about yourself, why not try it out! If you’re in the Colorado Springs area, come on down to Pariah MMA. We are currently at 2660 Vickers Dr in Colorado Springs, CO 80916.
What or who are you inspirations in MMA and life?
-My Coaches, my teammates, my boyfriend, my friends are like family and my family. I love you guys. I am so thankful for all the positive and inspiring people in my life.
Who are your favorite MMA fighters?
-Josh Watson, Ricky Musgrave, Scott Cleve, Donnie Liles, Tori Adams, Chilo Gonzalez, Ramico Blackmon, Joey Eisenbrun, Mark Taylor, Ashley Deen, Summer Bradshaw, Jody McCallon, Mark Korsnowski, Mark Padilla, Curtis Scott, Justin Guthrie, Trey Smith, Chuck Liddell, I have a lot of favorites. :)
How do you enjoy your free time when not training or fighting?
-I don't have a lot of free time. I like to do anything outside. Ummm I love art, everything about it and every kind. I am also a bit of nerd. I like to play both Xbox and PlayStation and I have a dachshund, she is great.
For those who will inquire we have a couple questions for the male readership as well.
Are you single?
-No, I love you Josh Watson.
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?
-Always dreaming :) I kinda live in the moment; the plan is to be #1 at 105.
Any shout outs you would like to make?
-I want to thank Drew Lawrence, Lee Douglas, Angel Cejudo, Scott Cleve, and all my teammates at Pariah MMA! I want to thank Brandon Rizzo at No Sequel Fightwear. He did a kick a$$ job on everything!! If you need custom work, walk-out shirts, this is THE guy. I want to thank Canna Meds Wellness Center (Canna Chews) for sponsoring me for every professional fight I have had. You guys are awesome. If you are in the Colorado Springs area come down and see them at 2363 N. Academy Blvd. I want to thank Joel Hart at Ink Inertia Custom Tattoo and Art Gallery. He does the Best work in the Springs! Get on down to see him for a phenomenal tattoo.
Thank you very much for your time and good luck on fight night Darla! For more on Darla Harris shoot her a friend request on Facebook, like her fan page on Facebook and give her a follow on Twitter.