King of the Cage in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Eastside Cannery Casino and Hotel. We recently caught up with Molly prior to her return to the cage this Saturday for the interview below to learn a little more about her.
How did you get involved in MMA and how long have you been training?
-Once high school sports ended the everyday gym routine got old pretty fast. I decided to check out my little brothers MMA gym. The next day I jumped into the fitness kickboxing classes with my mom. Not long after I was hooked. I progressively became more serious about training. I started out with some local grappling tournaments, pankration, kickboxing fights, and eventually had my first MMA bout. I have been training with the team for about two years now.
Where are you currently training, and what's a typical training week like for you?
-I still train out of The Pit North in Atascadero, California. We train all week and usually take Sundays off. Every day is a little different. I typically do some sort of strength and conditioning workout in the mornings and at night we mix in striking, grappling, wrestling, and more conditioning. Usually some mitt work or other random workouts are incorporated throughout the week to stay well rounded. Oh and of course Bikram yoga :)
Tell us about your upcoming fight, who you're fighting and where?
-I am fighting at the Eastside Cannery in Las Vegas, NV for King of the Cage August 31st against Monica Ameng (1-0). I don’t know very much about her and I don’t really care. This will be my third MMA fight and couldn’t be more excited.
What is your best experience as a fighter? What is your worst?
-Tough question. I can’t really think of a horrible experience I’ve had so far. There have been a couple bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s to be expected.
-As far as awesome experiences go, I would probably say my first fight. It was a drawn out anticipated road to the fight and when I finally got in the cage I was able to pick up my first KO against Michelle Gama. It was an indescribable feeling.
What advice would you give to other women who are reading this interview and want to get started in MMA?
-If you want to try it just do it. You’ll know soon enough if it’s not for you. Nobody will ever tell you it’s easy because it’s not, but if you fall in love with it you’ll find a way to keep going.
What or who are your inspirations in life?
-My family. My mom, dad, little and older brother have made me who I am today. Also, all of my coaches and teammates who go through the same thing I do every day. Those are the people inspire me to keep going.
Who are your favorite MMA fighters?
-Hmm let’s see. Luke Riddering, Castle Williams, Christina Riddering, Casey Noland, Bryan Smith, Antonio Banuelos, Trevor Porter, Josh Johnson. . . and everyone else on my team :) I also like Chael Sonnen, Jessica Penne, GSP, Miesha Tate, and a bunch more.
How do you enjoy your free time when not training or fighting?
-Most of my time outside the gym is spent in school or working for my company, Molly’s Wholesome Products. I am a full time student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I am a food science major and am currently marketing WingFoot Iskiate Chia Seed Drink Mix! I love food, so basically in my free time I study it, make it, sell it, and eat it :) www.chiastuff.com
For those who will inquire we have a couple questions for the male readership as well.
Are you single?
-Nope, Castle Williams is my partner in crime.
What would you say is your best feature?
-Probably my ability to stay focused and manage my time. I’m also really, really funny :)
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 have plenty of plans and dreams, but right now I try to take everything day by day. Of course I plan on finishing school, becoming a champion, and owning a successful business but who doesn’t? I also hope someday someone lists my name as their personal inspiration.
Any shout outs you would like to make?
-First off I would like to thank all of my awesome new and past coaches: Castle Williams, Antonio Banuelos, Kevin Holmes, Luke and Christina Riddering, Casey Noland, Adrian Iriarte, and Bryan Smith. Also to all my teammates who push me every day at practice.
-Shout out to mama and papa bear Leah and Kevin Holmes and my two other inspirations Madison and Michael Holmes. Sponsors! The Barber Shop (Raze the Bar), Chapman Dealers, and WingFoot Iskiate Chia Drink. You are all awesome :) Special thanks to Staci Emmack, what an awesome person and inspiration you are.
Thank you very much for your time and good luck on fight night Molly! Check out Chia Stuff and send your shout outs to Molly on Facebook and Twitter.