Friday, February 28, 2014
Renee has graced the cages for Sparta Combat League, Rocky Mountain Bad Boys, Fight to Win and will be ring carding for Air Tight Boxing tonight. She has also done promotional work for Brawlin Combat Gear and Censored Wear Apparel. Some of her favorite MMA fighters include Shannon Sinn, JJ Aldrich, Marcus Edwards, Josh Cavann and Sydney Brice. Renee also started some MMA training of her own under Keith Schmelzer at 303 Training Center in Westminster so watch out future 115ers.
Outside the world of MMA Renee has recently found her love for the modeling world working with photographers like Michael Chapman, Casey O’Day, Ryan Oshner, Brody B. Hall and Doug Larson. Keep an eye on her social media pages for more to come in 2014!
For more on MMA Hottie Renee Medina check out her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages! For those in Denver area catch Renee carding tonight for Air Tight Boxing at the Denver Boxing Academy.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
We first met Cyndie this past October and featured her as a babe we want to see in MMA and now she graces the cages and rings for boxing and MMA for local promotions including Fightway Challenge, has appeared in regional newspapers for upcoming boxing and MMA events, shot some sexy gym photo shoots and practices Jiu-Jitsu. Her favorite MMA fighters are Junior Dos Santos, Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate, Benson Henderson, Antonio Silva and her friend Dean Lister.
Outside the world of MMA Cyndie has been modeling since the age of 15 and spends a good amount of her time with humanitarian efforts. Initially she started out as a fashion model but today enjoys more of her work in the glamour industry. She has been featured in FHM France, Maxim France, Guts France, BADD Magazine and Calendar, Dymelife, Red Hot Kittens Magazine, Gens du Sud, HNS Magazine, La Provence, Direct Matin, Marseille Hebdo, Fixe Magazine online and has worked several expos around the world. When not behind the camera she works with hospitalized children and working special boxing sessions with handicapped persons. In her spare time she enjoys movies, traveling and sports. Coming from an athletic family she grew up running track but spends her time these days practicing Jiu-Jitsu.
For more on MMA knockout Cyndie Franchi check out her Facebook and Twitter pages as well as her website and modeling page. If you’re in the Marseille area head over to Fightway Challenge this Saturday to catch Cyndie heating up the crowd between rounds.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
How did you get involved in MMA and how long have you been training?
-I got into MMA as sort of a natural progression. I started martial arts when I was 6 and have trained in various styles including Karate, Kung Fu, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Kali. I teach Krav Maga and wanted to experience a fight as well as test myself.
Where are you currently training, and what's a typical training week like for you?
-I train (and teach) at Krav Maga Desoto, and Ronin Martial Arts. A typical week will consist of a lot of teaching, which means lots of opportunity for training before and after. I like trying different things for cardio. I actually really don't like running, but you can find me smiling when I jump rope. Crazy, right?
Tell us about your upcoming fight, who you're fighting, and where?
-I am really excited about the promotion for this fight. It's a charity event to send World War 2 vets back to Normandy for the anniversary of D-Day. I will be fighting Shawna Tyler, in Collierville, TN.
What is your best experience as a fighter? What is your worst?
-I think my favorite was my first win, which came via TKO. It was a fun fight and the feeling of getting my hand raised and seeing my coach smiling was amazing. Worst experience, my third fight, which was a loss and hard to stomach because I knew going in that my head wasn't in it.
What advice would you give to other women who are reading this interview and want to get started in MMA?
-Ask lots of questions! Don't settle for the first gym you try, ask the questions you feel relevant and find a place you like, where you feel comfortable.
What or who are your inspirations in MMA and life?
-In MMA, fighters like Felice Herrig and Carlos Condit. Their work ethic when it comes to training is awesome. In life, my coach, business partner, fiancé, Mike Hooker. He is a very accomplished martial artist and black belt Krav Maga instructor. He has one heck of a work ethic too. More importantly, he has driven me to become the fighter and person I am, in the best possible way.
Who are your favorite MMA fighters?
-Ooh. So many! As mentioned, Felice Herrig and Carlos Condit. Carla Esparza, Marloes Coenen, Ronda Rousey and Benson Henderson are also favorites of mine.
How do you enjoy your free time when not training or fighting?
-I'm kind of a nerd. I love reading and playing video games when I'm not spending time with my son. And playing with my pug!
For those who will inquire we have a couple questions for the male readership as well.
Are you single?
-Nope, as mentioned above :-)
What do you look for in a guy?
-Sense of humor, and must know how to do an omoplata.
What are your turn ons?
-Sarcasm (yes, I'm a little odd), sense of humor, and the ability to laugh at themselves.
What are your turnoffs?
-Lack of humility and lack of respect.
What would you say is your best feature?
-*laughs* these things that will keep me out of the 115 division.
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?
-So many! My student black belt in Krav Maga. Opening a huge martial arts academy that has everything under one roof! I'm also a certified Krav Maga instructor (Level 2), so continuing on that path is definitely a priority too.
Any shout outs you would like to make?
-Yes. To my coaches, head coach Mike Hooker, and Chip Baldine. My training partners, especially David Stivers and Ryan Dalton for their help. And lastly to my family for all their support.
Thank you very much for your time Sara and good luck on fight night! Send your shout outs to Sara on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Central Illinois Throwdown XV at the Expo Gardens in Peoria, Illinois. While an opponent is too be determined send your shout outs to Jenna on Facebook and Twitter!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Driven MMA brought to you by NAAFS at the Canton Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. Click here to purchase tickets and send your shout outs to Jessica on Instagram and Twitter.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Jade Bryce and Mercedes Terrell return to the Bellator MMA cages to kick off an action packed season 10 starting this coming Friday, February 28th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT and live on Spike TV each Friday night at 9pm ET throughout the season. Keep an eye on our Twitter page this coming week. Last season we gave away an autographed Jade picture and think we will kick off this Bellator season with a Mercedes autographed picture.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Rachel graces the cages for Iowa Challenge and is a promotional model for Siouxfighter. When asked who her favorite MMA fighter is Rachel told us, “of course my favorite MMA fighter is a woman haha! I’m a Miesha Tate fan all the way!! She is badass, strong and sexy!! How much better can it get? ‘Takedown Tate’ all the way!!”
Outside the world of MMA Rachel is a model, a self-employed certified personal trainer with a license through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and is currently training under Shawn Frankl for her very first NPC bodybuilding show (Duel of Champions) out of Omaha, Nebraska. Along with her modeling work with Siouxfighter she has also worked with R. Douglas Photography, Omaha Pro Photo and Andrew J. Baran Photography with several other shoots coming up so check back soon for more stunning work from Rachel.
For more on MMA knockout Rachel Rohde check out her Facebook and Twitter pages.