This is our newest Women's MMA Round Table. For those not familiar, it is two parts. Part one is word association and part two are random questions, but serious and fun. The questions were put together by myself and pro fighter Sarah Maloy. In a couple instances the person did not have an answer for a question. The fighters are listed in the answers by their initials. If they have the same initials we also include their second letter or in a case like Cassie Robb and Rodish, we have to go to their third letter. Here is a list of the participants and how their initials will appear. Amanda Wyatt (AWY), Andria Wawro (AWA), Ashley Hawkins (AH), Cassie Robb (CROB), Cassie Rodish (CROD), Courtney Belcher (CB), Diana Rael (DR), Emily Bartee (EB), Gina Begley (GB), Jen Aniano (JA), Jenna Fox (JF), Jessica Philippus (JP), Jordan McDonald (JM), Jussely Canada (JC), Katie Casimir (KC), Lacey Schuckman (LSC), Laura Sanko (LSA), Livia Von Plettenberg (LVP), Rach Wiley (RW), Rachel Sazoff (RS), Rebecca Heintzman (RH), Sam Wilson (SW), Stephanie Skinner (SS), Tamikka Brents (TBR), Taylor Munsell (TM), Tera Carper (TC), and Trisha Barr (TBA).
Part 1: Word association
AH: Yum, breakfast
CROD: Only good thing about paleo
EB: Fat week favorite
LVP: Voodoo Donuts
SW: Sarah Maloy
TBR: Meat candy
TBA: The way to a man's heart
CROD: Did Sarah come up with this? If so, she needs to take a shit
EB: What you should do before hard sparring
JF: Chris Brown
JM: The number 2 (because I am so creative)
JC: Peace out
KC: Blinded by the light
LVP: Texas Hold 'Em
RH: Drop one
TC: Hollywood Undead
TBA: What you drop when you have somebody in your guard. I guarantee they won't want to fight you anymore
CROD: Sweaty wraps
EB: Smelly after a while
JM: Michael Jackson
KC: Heavy bag
LSA: O.J. Simpson
LVP: The smaller the better
TBR: Michael Jackson
TC: Ace Ventura
CROB: People eater
CROD: My daughter, her favorite color
EB: The color of bruises
JF: People eater
JP: When guys like this color it makes me wonder about them
JC: Someones face getting beat in
KC: People eater
LSC: BJJ Belt
LSA: Kansas State Wildcats....GO KSU
LVP: The color of peoples face when they get choked out
RW: Miesha Tate's fight outfit
RS: My favorite color
RH: Boys are blue, girls are red, don't make purple
SW: People eater
SS: People eater
TC: People eater
TBA: Old ladies love to wear it
CROD: What's for dinner
EB: Spare it and go to Chik-Fil-A because it's fewer calories
JF: It's what's for dinner
JM: Grass fed, grass finished
LSA: My job
LVP: I could eat steak every day
RW: Wiley vs Espinosa LOL
TC: It's what's for dinner
AH: Coloring book
CROD: Melted in the back of my car
EB: The word I mean when I say "crown"
JP: Back to school
JM: My childhood dog used to eat them and he had very colorful poop
KC: Color Crew on PBS
LSA: First day of school
LVP: Homer Simpson
RS: Coloring book
TBR: Coloring book
TC: A mess
TBA: I miss coloring
AH: looking up at the stars
EB: What you can see when you escape the city
JP: Have an addiction to tattooing them on my body
JM: Mazzy (as in Mazzy Star, LOVE her)
KC: Stickers for a job well done
LVP: What I told people as a Kid when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up
RW: Milky way
RH: Candy Crush
TC: Is born
AH: Strength and conditioning
EB: One way to wear yourself out super quick on tabata drills
JF: Shoulders on fire
JP: Climbing them
JM: Some people should probably just hang themselves
LVP: Battling ropes....freaking exhausting
RS: Jump rope
RH: Soap on a ....
TBA: Never forget to bring one
CROD: What weight
EB: Of food from China King after a good hard workout
JM: I like them when they have food on them
LVP: Multi-purpose invention
RS: Plate pushes
RH: Lick clean
AWY: Your face
AH: Bitch smack someone
EB: The sound of Thai pads when you connect with a good hook
GB: My bitch up
JM: What happens when random dudes try and grab my ass
KC: Open palm upside the face
LVP: Thought got censored. Not PG-13
RW: Bitch slap
TC: My bitch up
TBA: What to do when you challenge somebody to a duel
CROD: Waiting sucks
EB: Always on my mind for fights and training
JM: My nemesis when cutting for a fight
LSA: Ummm sensitive subject for me at the moment, what with being "with child" and all
LVP: Defines your relationship to gravity
RS: A form of measurement
TBA: Cutting sucks
CROD: Always cold when cutting weight and drinking water
EB: How I feel when doing a workout
JM: I HATE COLD
KC: A/C at work
LVP: No cold is so bad that you can't go work your ass off
RH: My feet are always cold
TBR: Blooded killa
AH: North West
EB: Whale dress
JM: Never heard of it
KC: Not reality
LVP: If intelligence minus purpose equals stupidity, does stupidity minus purpose equal intelligence?
RW: North West
TBR: Circus ass
TC: Waste of time
TBA: Who? :-)
EB: Money we use in college
JM: I do it all the time
JC: Sarah Maloy (hehe)
LVP: A club in Vienna, looooads of drugs
RH: I hate to in public
TBR: but I like this shirt
TBA: My favorite magazine. Muscular Development is a close second
AWY: In myself
CROD: My gym
EB: What I feel when I look at my gym and training partners
JP: Is a fine balancing act
JM: Never leave home without it
LSA: Kick to the head of a grounded opponent
LVP: The only useful pride is PRIDE FC
RW: Soccer kicks to the head
RH: Gay pride
TBR: Rainbow biotch
TBA: Old=school MMA
AH: Want more
CROD: Need one on my face
EB: What will the next one be?
JP: Want another
JM: None, but my sisters have enough for all of us
KC: Not 'til I'm 40
LSC: More please!
LSA: Not for me!
LVP: Love 'em. Should have personal meaning though
RS: Ink Master
RH: Mom would kill me
SW: WANT ONE
TBR: Are like chips, never can have just one
TBA: 2 dragons on my shoulders
CB: Power Ranger
JM: My fav :-)
LSC: Randall Schuckman
RH: Kermit (it ain't easy)
SW: Jessamyn Duke
CROD: First word
EB: Beast mode beings with a morning run
JM: When I'm most productive
LVP: The early bird caught too many works and died overweight
RH: Fresh start
AH: And jelly
CROD: Can't have. Almond butter sucks
EB: Where is my spoon? And it better be JIFF
JP: And jelly is the only thing I have ever been addicted to
JM: You mean almond butter?
LSA: On toast
LVP Is delicious on bananas
RH: Weight cut
SW: Jelly time
SS: Jelly time
TBR: Jelly time
TC: Jelly time
TBA: Jelly time
AH: Nun chucks
EB: What I'm training to be ery day
JA: Bad ass
JF: Bruce Lee
JP: My sons self proclaimed future occupation
JM: Ninja please!
JC: Me :-)
KC: My objective in the 3rd grade
LVP: What tall people call me when I enter a room and they don't see me because of my height.
RS: American Ninja Warrior
SW: Did you see that? I didn't think so.... Yes I am that fast
TBA: What everyone things they are these days
Part 2: Questions
1. Who's influence do you value the most in WMMA?
AWY: Sara Mcmann
AWA: There are a few but if I had to pick one Megumi Fujii. I always enjoyed watching her fight. She's one of the first names I ever heard also. I definitely appreciate how long her career was and I give her a lot of respect for staying in the game so long.
AH: Gina Carano. She was the first female fighter I ever seen fight before (her and cyborg always in strikeforce) and loved it, knew I wanted to pursue MMA!
CROB: My coaches Ben Schissler and Diana Rael and my teammate/fiance Stephanie Skinner
CROD: The other fighters. We have come a long way and it’s because of fighters dedication and love for the sport. Shows make money and fighters make shows
CB: Megumi Fuji
DR: I value the true fans and supporters of WMMA, with their support and recognition of female talent has allowed us to move forward
EB: Rhonda Rousey-she embodies what it truly means to be a female athlete in MMA
GB: My manager and coach obviously personal influence and career. But overall, Dana White and Shannon Knapp. They are the heads of
the organizations that present WMMA to the masses.
JA: I think Shannon Knapp takes the cake here. She has done more for WMMA than anyone. I think the advent of Invicta set the stage for women in the UFC, which is the Olympics of fighting
JF: Right now I think Janet Martin and Shannon Knapp for creating Invicta and giving women a platform to show how talented we are.
JP: I value the reporters who actually do a good job representing female fighters and shining the light on them the men have had to help make WMMA more mainstream and accepted.
JM: The ones that get the attention by marketing themselves and the ones that keep the attention by showing how skilled and technical we women fighters are (they're not always two different people)
JC: Sarah Maloy
KC: Women like Debi Purcell who were doing this when it was an all uphill battle, in every aspect of the sport.
LSC: To be honest whoever is making it a career! Whatever you do for WMMA if you are making a good living doing it, I trust what you have to say or offer.
LSA: Dana White's ...only because the UFC is the only way WMMA will go mainstream
LVP: Even though many female fighters hate her, Ronda Rousey. Not many people, and by that I mean males, would even recognize our existence without her way of being in the spotlight. Of course she is doing it for herself, but the best role model is changing things by showing others how it's done
RW: Sara McMann
RS: Ronda Rousey
RH: Value personally? That would be some of the early ambassadors like Rosi Sexton that fought before it was 'glamorous' and were educated.
SW: At this time, I am going to say Shannon Knapp.
SS: I value the influence of my coaches above all else
TBR: Gina Carano was the first female fighter I was a fan of, for many reasons
TM: I really look up to Leslie Smith. She is a very strong and talented athlete! I have followed her since she was an amateur while fighting for Steve Alley. We have both fought for Steve in his promotion "Kickdown". That's the promotion I had my debut fight for. Leslie has grown into such an amazing fighter! She is humble and respectful, but she knows when its time for business! She has my respect %100 and I hope I can be become half the fighter that she is!
TC: Meisha Tate been a fan for years
TBA: Megumi Fujii is a legend with so much admirable talent and character that she makes a great role model
2. What do you think is the deepest weight class?
AWA: I think 135. The UFC definitely has some influence on that as women are moving up a weight class or making it down a weight class in order to have the opportunity. Plus there have always been a good amount of very talented fighters at 135.
AH: 135 so many awesome fighters its stacked!
CROD: Really think the 105 is the new up and coming weight class. I’m still waiting to see other 115ers drop down
DR: Bantamweight and strawweight
EB: 135 because they have the most options-it attracts people to that weight class
GB: 135 and 115 seem to be deep and show it
with high level talent across multiple promotions. More 135 though.
JA: A few years ago I would have said 135-145. Today, I say all of them. There is talent everywhere you turn from 105-145.
JF: I think every weight class is full of skilled fighters but it seems to me that the 115 weight class has a ton of talent with more up and comers popping up all the time.
JP: 125 probably just not as publicized.
JM: 115 or 125
KC: 115 No question
LSA: 135 but 115 is close behind
LVP: In WMMA, probably 115 and 135. There's loads of talent in these two
RH: 115 (blowing up in Invicta)
SW: In all it's glory, 135lbs
TBR: I would say 115lbs and 125lbs weight classes, there's just so many females around that weight.
TM: 115 or 125. Its hard to say though...Every weight class has a ton of talent!
TBA: 135 - there's a reason it's the first weight class featured in the UFC, and not just because of Rousey
3. What do u think is the most valuable technique in MMA?
AWY: Being well rounded
AWA: Ground work is definitely important. I do think a well placed knee can change the course of a fight pretty well though.
AH: Stand up. The fight starts standing.
DR: Knowing all aspects of MMA!
EB: Your single leg takedown because there are so many different variations on how to finish it and all of those ways can take you to a different position.
GB: Proper footwork and shadow boxing/wrestling.
JA: Whichever one you capitalize on the most. And that is the beauty of it, isn't it? Anyone can hone skills and be good at this sport. You just have to be willing to put in the work.
JF: Good footwork...I don't know if it really counts as a "technique" but I'd consider it to be one of the most valuable foundations a fighter can have
JM: Not THE most but definitely one of them would be the scramble. A lot of fights are won in the scramble.
JC: The armbar
LSC: A solid Jab
LSA: Guillotine choke
LVP: A sharp double leg takedown. If you're able to decide whether to stand or to be on the ground, you can screw up every game-plan
RW: Having a good ground game
RS: Wrestling as a whole
TBR: The art and technique of ass whooping.
TM: There are several that are very important to me. But I would have to say a strong mindset is the most important. If you are not focused and don't believe in yourself you aren't going to get anywhere.
TC: Mental stability
TBA: Anything an individual makes super effective for him/her - a kick, a jab, a takedown, an armbar, etc.
4. If u could go back, what discipline would you pick as your background in MMA?
AWY: Muay Thai
AWA: Catch wrestling
AH: Kickboxing!! Love it
CROB: Muay Thai
DR: Glad I picked Muay Thai wouldn’t change a thing.
EB: I would pick Muay Thai because striking that is developed enough can control a fight and where it goes. A wrestler will most likely shoot no matter what but good striking can keep them at bay or cause them to cover and possibly make a mistake, plus there are fights where the majority of time is spent clenched along the cage-Muay Thai can help.
GB: Jeet kune do concepts.Wait, that's already my background.. Maybe I would've looked at my training for skill instead of just exercise a lot more quickly.
JA: I started with wrestling and I never would take it back. It is who I am.
JF: That's a tough choice but I think I'd choose Muay Thai
JP: I really wanted to box in high school bc the same gym I trained at for freestyle/Greco had the same caliber coaches (prior Olympians and Olympic coaches) as we did on the wrestling side of the gym. My mom said I was "too pretty" to mess up my face, but now I really wish I would have trained some behind her back and blamed the black eyes on wrestling ;)
JM: I would have started training wrestling way sooner
KC: I'd choose kickboxing again
RW: More judo
SW: I have but ONE discipline and that is BJJ lol
SS: Still Muay Thai
TBR: Probably wrestling, just to be useful and have a well worked out plan for a weight cut before I started fighting.
TM: That's a tough one. I've always been more disciplined in Muay Thai and kickboxing. They are my stronger points. So, if I were to go back I would keep those, but I would like to be trained more in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, maybe even some sambo
TBA: I still like Kempo as my striking background, but I do wish I had started with some sort of grappling background and regretted not wrestling in high school just because I was too self-conscious about my body - I've had to make up for that ever since beginning this sport
5. How many fights do you think an amateur should have before going pro?
AWY: Ten with at least half of them winning
AWA: I think that depends on the level of competition she took on as an amateur. Also if every fight was in a state that does not allow ground and pound it may be a better idea not to jump into pro rules without a bit of extra experience.
AH: A couple
CROB: At least ten
CROD: ? 5+ . I think they should have over a year in the gym maybe two. Would also help if they do smokers and jits tournaments
CB: As many as it takes to feel comfortable and well rounded
DR: As many as it takes to be a well rounded fighter.
EB: Five-this number can establish a winning or losing record and give people a good idea of where they stand.
GB: When there is not an adequate amount of competition at the amateur level and the athlete is ready. That varies between athletes.
JA: As many as your trainer deems necessary. I started when the weight disparity between amateurs could be 30 lbs. So, I needed more fights. I have had 16 as an ammy. Then you have very talented naturals like Rose and Tecia that did four or five before rightfully going pro and doing big things. MMA is an individualized game. It is not one size fits all.
JF: As many as they want. I think what's most important is to have a solid well-rounded set of skills and feel comfortable before going pro.
JM: Depends. At least 1 or 2 so they can see what it's like to be in a cage with someone else who legitimately wants to hurt you. Can't mimic that in the gym
JC: 5-8 depends how good you are
KC: Depends on what you consider a fight, Muay Thai, grappling, Olympic Judo? Also the spirit of the fighter, no one should ever take a step if they don't feel ready. With no outside fighting experience I would say between 4-6.
LSC: I wish I had at least 10-15
LSA: 4-5 if they go well, more if not.
LVP: As many as possible. I kind of regret that I never got the chance to do amateur fights, experience is EVERYTHING.
RW: At least 7
RS: I don't think it matters. I believe it should be based on the fighter, because everyone is different and some people have trained a very long time before ever deciding to fight. Therefore may already be very skilled
RH: At least four wins
SW: I like to say 5 and a WINNING RECORD.
SS: Depends, females are fewer and harder to come by so when their talent appears they should go when comfortable I would say 4-
7 for girls for sure 14-20 for guys because they are a dime a dozen and there is much to compete with out there
TBR: I say at least 5...I mean some high level already well known champions in other areas; Olympians, or high level boxers, kick-boxers etc. I understand that, but some chicks have 1 ammy fight and go pro and then have shitty showings for lack of experience.
TM: I'd say any where from 7-15. There is so much to learn as a fighter. Once you go pro you never go back. Take the time as an amateur to figure yourself out and get the feel for what the sport is all about. Yeah, there is always going to be something to learn, but figure out who you are before you go pro.
TC: I think 10 or more
TBA: At least 10 if you can get them
6. Who is one female fighter who you feel is very underrated?
AWY: Cat Zingano
AWA: Munah Holland
AH: Jessica Eye, Leslie Smith, and Liz Carmouch
CROB: Diana Rael or JoJo calderwood. I don't see why she hasn't got a title fight yet, he is amazing
CB: Roxanne Modafferi
EB: Gina Begley-she isn't pro yet but she is extremely underrated. Between judges decisions that were questionable in both MMA and Muay Thai to fighters that don't reveal their true record, she has received the short end of the stick and her record is not a true indicator of her abilities.
GB: I don't know that any are.
If a woman shows skill I think it's not long till people take her serious if she is serious about her career. Maybe it's the opposite, a woman shows skill and fans are to eager for them to take steps their maybe not ready for like going pro to quickly.
JA: I think the Happy Warrior has fallen off the map a little, but I think she is a force to be reckoned with. I have followed her since just starting 8 years ago and I think big things are still to come from her.
JF: I think people often overlook Felice Herrig or knock her because she plays up the sexy side of WMMA, but I think she's a very talented tough fighter
JP: Sarah Moras
JM: Colleen Schneider at 125
JC: Sarah Maloy
KC: I think Liz McCarthy is awesome and doesn't seem to get much attention.
LSC: Vanessa Porto, that girl is a beast! Plus she has been around forever and is still relevant!
LSA: Miriam Nakamoto
LVP: There's not too many who I think are underrated, rather than the many who are overrated. But one would definitely be Joanne Calderwood, even though people know how skilled she is, I think they still haven't given her enough credit yet.
RW: Jessica Eye
RS: Sarah McMann
SW: Not sure how to answer this question. There are a number of females in both Ammy and Pro that have not had the opportunity to fight on the bigger name cards. I think Justine Kish will be an up and comer as well as Colby Northcutt. For pro, I am going to say Shayna Baszler...I think she should have been signed in the first wave of UFC fighters.
SS: Diana Rael and Jo Jo Calderwood
TBR: I think Leslie Smith was underrated at 135 but scary folks at 125
TM: I would have to say Patricia Vidonic. I would like to see her on one of the next Invicta cards. She definitely has a lot of talent and is a strong fighter. I've had the chance to train with her and she taught me a lot. I respect her and look up to her. I would like to see some bigger things happen for her in WMMA
TC: Roxanne Modafferi
TBA: None of them really - they're all getting tons of attention right now
7. Do you like the scoring system how it is or would you prefer the fight do be scored as a whole?
AWY: Seems fair with a knowledgable ref
AWA: I'm good with how it is now.
AH: I like how they did pride scoring with yellow cards for stalling.
CROB: The fight as a whole
CROD: I would love it if there were no rounds. Bell rings fighters fight until someone is finished. Rounds are for fans not fighters.
DR: I think it is our jobs to win the fight and we can’t rely on rules and scoring systems.
EB: I like it how it is.
GB: I feel damage is sometimes overlooked and a lot of emphasis on takedown attempts are taken into consideration. It would be nice if judges could see the ratio counters available to viewers and time to consider their decision.
JA: I honestly don't know. I think as an ammy in Michigan there have been terrible judges that don't follow the score system because they don't know what they are doing. I have lost decisions that I think are questionable but I don't blame the score cards, I blame the ignorance of certain organizations and judges.
JF: I'm okay with it as is, I think both have their pros and cons
JP: I think the 10 pt system is fine, just think if there was some way to keep judges consistent that would be an improvement.
JM: I like Pride scoring best
JC: I like it, but sometimes its just the judges that are scoring that messes up
KC: In a perfect world I would like the fight judged as a whole, unfortunately I think that would lead to the fight being judged on the last minute of the fight
LSC: I like it you need the single round scoring to come up with a decision.
LSA: As a whole definitely
LVP: Hell no, don't change it. I had to fight a couple of Muay Thai fights in which they scored the fight as a whole, that was very uncomfortable.
RW: I think it should be scored as a whole
RS: I like how it is
RH: I like it
SW: I like it as it is now
SS: I think the holding a dominate position should only score points if you do something with it and can connect on strikes rather then just laying on someone to score points, also for the fighter on the bottom if they are actively trying to escape and they are throwing on submissions and still making it interesting then they should score points for that as well
TBR: It works as long as you have competent judges. Some of these judges never have been in
any combat sport or only been watching for a short amount of time and it hurts their judging skills and screws over fight decisions.
TM: I don't think the scoring system is horrible, but I think there could be some changes made. I would like to see it scored as a whole to.
TC: As a whole if it goes all 3 rounds or 5 rounds
TBA: As it is - it's part of the reason there's more than 1 round
8. Looking at your career so far, what is your favorite highlight?
AWY: All my fellow WMMA fighters I got the honor to face or meet.
AWA: Winning my first pro fight. It was also the first fight that my parents and son were able to go to.
AH: Never being finished
CROB: My first Invicta fight even tho I lost it was the time of my life.
CROD: Having the first win on the first fight of the very first Invicta.
CB: Winning my first fight by ref stoppage
DR: My favorite highlight is the whole journey.
EB: Winning my first Muay Thai fight after doing a successful weight cut and training as hard as I did for it.
GB: My :56 KO in my opening fight at the TBA classic 2013
JA: I think winning by submission was my favorite! Also, I won a belt that night. But that was fun because I love grappling and BJJ and being able to showcase that was nice
JF: Fighting for the ECR Bantamweight Title...I didn't win but I fought hard and learned a lot
JP: My fight with Sarah Goodlaxson. There were some great exchanges, grappling scrambles and the crowd was going nuts. Those are the kind of WMMA fights that turn non believers into fans.
JM: Winning the Tuf-n-Uff belt
JC: Qualifing for The US team in pankration!
KC: Winning my first pro fight, I took it on 2 weeks notice and I knew they were trying to set me up against a "Hometown Girl" I got there too late for weigh-ins the night before and had to weigh in a couple hours before my fight, and my coach couldn't come. And none of that mattered.
LSC: When I won my ROF title! My husband and I had just changed up our coaching staff and it was the first time I got to test it in the cage and it was beautiful!!!
LSA: Winning and finishing my first Invicta fight
LVP: My last Invicta fight/first win there. Everyone in Austria told me that I will never make it. I love to prove people wrong
RW: Probably any time I punched Elisabeth Espinosa in the face
RS: Probably my first fight, because me and my opponent traded a lot of strikes creating an extremely dynamic exciting fight. The audience voted it fight of the night and people were coming up to me after.
RH: So far, winning my debut fight via split decision. Family and friends had come from far away and willing in such a suspenseful way and hearing them all cheer is a moment I won't forget.
SW: LOL Well for ME, I get to meet all the fighters and have some really GREAT FRIENDS!
SS: TKO victory over Margret Bloom in her hometown
TBR: I think my first pro fight, finally being able to fight under pro rules and using those rules to my advantage and getting that 1st round tko due to elbows.
TM: My first fight. It was such a rush and such an amazing experience. I've only had three fights, but my 1st was the best. I might have not known as much as I should of but I fought my heart out and its a night I will never forget.
TBA: I don't know if I'd call it a "career," but any time I got my hand raised - and that victory meal was always a nice bonu
9. If Cyborg and Ronda Rousey do ever fight, who wins and how?
AWY: Cyborg by tko or ko.
AWA: Cyborg. By brutality
AH: Man that's hard to say! I do not know!!! I wanna see it happen though. Cyborg by tko or Ronda by arm bar lol.
CROB: Hahahaha Cris Cyborg without a doubt. Rousey's stand up is nothing compared to Cyborg
CROD: I so don’t care anymore
DR: The fans win!
EB: Rousey by armbar-Cyborg may knock her down but if Rhonda can get Cyborg on the ground with her, the fight will be over.
GB: I don't know! I think It would be an excellent fight if cyborg could avoid being arm barred and let us see Ronda in at least a second round.
JA: Cyborg by beastery! Cyborg is hands down the greatest pound for pound.
JF: Cyborg by Hulk Smash
JP: It will never happen. Cyborg can't (and shouldn't) make 135 and Ronda has no reason to go up. There is also plenty of talent in 135 div to keep her active, I also don't think she should look past
Miesha just yet.
JM: I still think Ronda would catch her in an arm bar but she might have to take way more damage than she ever has before to get it.
JC: Cyborg by first round KO
KC: Cyborg, TKO
LSC: Cyborg, GNP Rd. 1
LSA: Ronda via armbar...but I'm not 100% sold, Cyborg is crazy strong!
LVP: Cyborg by manhandling
RW: Cyborg to TKO
RS: Ronda Rousey by arm bar.
RH: Hmmm... good question. Cyborg TKO
SW: I do not want to ever see them fight. But thats just me. I think their story line is all about how much they HATE each other and not about the talent aspect. And if Ronda Wins, it because Cris would diet or if Cris wins it will be because of steroids...etc DROP IT!
TBR: Cyborg via murder.
TM: I'm not sure how to answer this. I admire both of them a ton! It would definitely be an interesting fight! They are both very technical. We all know that Rousey is best on the ground, and that Cyborg is a beast with her stand-up! If the time comes and they fight I will be rooting for Rhonda.
TC: Well as much I like Rousy I do think Cyborg would win by tko
TBA: Cyborg would probably win by TKO because of her great size, strength, and power advantage; however, Rousey obviously still has a chance with her armbar or any of her other submissions we haven't had a chance to see yet
10. What is the best and worst parts of fight camp?
AWY: Being away from my kids.
AWA: The best is the focus that comes with it. It's sort of an excuse to think about one thing. Just one thing. The worst is the weight cut
AH: Best knowing you're about to fight and being in awesome shape. Worst is cutting weight!
CROB: Worst- The emotional toll it takes on you. It's a very mentally frustrating thing to do. Best- showing everyone what you
have trained and getting in the cage and having fun!
CROD: When I’m in camp my coaches usually gear classes toward me. I LOVE THAT!!! I learn so much in the shortest time. I hate dieting
CB: Being pushed to the max and weight cutting
DR: Best would be challenging your mental and physical abilities. Worst not getting to eat as I wish.
EB: Wanting to eat comfort foods when training may not be going as well but not being able to-also missing out on family events because I can't take enough time off to travel back and see them before the next practice. The best part is when things start coming together and drills become reactions
GB: Best: I enjoy the physical changes, tone and appearance. Worst: weigh ins, being thirsty.
JA: I love training and learning new things but maintaining weight and cutting weight can make my hair fallout. It is stressful sometimes.
JF: The best part is being pushed harder and harder by your team and coach, the worst part is cutting weight
JP: Best: the grind. Pushing your body to levels most wouldn't dream of and driving home for practice or the gym knowing what your body and mind are capable of is one of the best feelings ever! Worst: missing time with my kids and Robb and always having to explain why you can't eat crap.
JM: When everything starts coming together and you've turned your body into a machine. That's a pretty badass feeling. The worst part for anyone I'd imagine is cutting weight. It's amazing how emotional I can get over food!
JC: Worst would be weight cutting and best is getting to train and spend time with your gym family!
KC: Dieting is the worst, the best is how much you grow as a person and a fighter
LSC: Best: Improving as a whole mentally, physically, and spiritually. Worst: Cutting weight
LSA: Best: starting to feel myself get stronger, faster, leaner Worst: fighting being exhausted and not wanting to go to YET ANOTHER practice.
LVP: Best part is the whole thing, I can't remember a second I didn't love. Worst part starts two weeks before the fight, when I realise what I want to work on more. I'm never satisfied and feel like I always need to put in more work.
RW: Best part is probably the fact that you're in amazing shape and you feel great. The worst part is not being able to eat whatever you want, when you want it.
RH: Best is getting in really good shape and feeling unstoppable. Worst is having to track everything you eat and being sore.
SW: Ah well ah heck I dont know LOL
SS: Hell week is the worst part and the best part about fight camp
TBR: Best part is actually feeling yourself get better reaching thy peak it at fight time and worst is that point in a camp where you're exhausted and feel just beat to shit.
TM: The worst part of fight camp is cutting weight! I don't think anyone likes to. The best part would be learning new aspects of the game. I love working on new techniques. Doing drills over and over again is awesome because I like repetition and being solid with different techniques.
TC: Finding time to balance life obligations.
TBA: The best is getting to train martial arts hardcore because I actually enjoy training, and the worst is cutting weight
11. What's your dream female vs Male MMA match-up?
AWY: Cyborg vs any man in the 145 class
AWA: I thought about this forever and just cannot come up with one
AH: Ronda Rousey vs Bryan Caraway
CROB: I don't have one I think that would be stupid for a female to fight a man.
CROD: Cat Zingano vs Bryan Caraway
CB: Fuji vs Aoki
DR: Ronda Rousey VS Brian Caraway
EB: Cyborg and Big Country
GB: Ronda Rousey vs Bryan Caraway
JA: Cyborg verse and bro willing to throw down with her at a reasonable weight match up lol
JF: I'm not really into the idea of men vs women MMA but I'm kind of curious to know if Ronda Rousey would beat Jon Jones
JP: Timmy Gorman vs Sara McMann
JM: One where the chick wins I guess? I don't have much interest in seeing a male vs female fight tho really.
JC: Cyborg VS. Anyone in UFC
KC: Me vs my husband LOL
LSC: Urijah Faber vs. Ronda Rousey
LSA: HA! Cyborg vs any 135lb guy.
LVP: Ronda vs. Urijah Faber. LOL, naaah, none at all. Girls and guys should stick with their own, otherwise there are massive physical disadvantages (unless the ladies use steroids)
RW: Sara McMann VS one of the Diaz Brothers
RS: Ronda Rousey vs. Bryan Caraway
RH: Anthony Petis vs. Rose Namajunas... leaping kicks off the cage, flying arm bars, you'd have no idea what to expect!
TBR: Cyborg vs Aldo...that's be interesting.
TM: Jo-Jo Calderwood and Anderson Silva! They are both phenomenal strikers! I think it would be a battle!!!
TC: Not sure
TBA: Cyborg v. Fallon, Cyborg being the female of course
12. What do you like to dip your French fries in?
AWY: Nothing, they're gross
AWA: Ranch dressing (if I even eat them)
AH: Ranch or ketchup
CROB: Ketchup and mustard.. Or ranch... Or vanilla ice cream
CROD: Ketchup and mayo mix or honey mustard
EB: Ketchup from Jamaica-it's better for you and sweeter.
JA: Ketchup. Heinz only!
JM: Ketchup or ranch & hot sauce if I'm feeling redneck-y
JC: Buffalo Sauce
KC: Ketchup, I'm a traditionalist
LSC: Honey Mustard
LSA: Spicy mayo
LVP: Ice cream
RW: The french fry sauce from Freddys
RH: I like sweet potato fries... plain :)
SW: Random, Mayonnaise
SS: Fry sauce or ketchup
TBR: My mouth
TM: Chocolate frosty or ranch!
TC: CHOCOLATE SHAKES!!
TBA: I like to use those packets labeled "Fancy Ketchup" because it makes me feel sophisticated
13. What is the most ridiculous post workout decision you've ever made?
AH: Probably going out and drinking
CROB: Eating right away.. Bad idea
CROD: Scheduling a hiking trip the same day as mma sparing (class last about 3hrs)
DR: Not eating
EB: To drive three hours to visit family directly after a hard day-they had to help me out of the car
GB: To go hiking at a place called the pinnacles after a hard practice. I'm not a hiker.
JA: Usually eating an entire pizza or a bunch of ice cream. Ruining all the work I put in that day
JF: That eating Chinese is a good idea
JP: To skip a meal.
JM: To go workout again
JC: Eating a whole bunch of crap food!
KC: Going to another gym for sparring
LSC: No idea?
LSA: To go to bed without showering because I was too exhausted = Surefire way to wake up with ringworm.
LVP: Go out instead of going to bed.
RW: Eating half a pan of brownies
RH: A couple times I've tried to do field research after a hard work out. One time I was out in a wetland, on my own, and was physically gassed but still had to wade through mud while carrying buckets of samples. Worse than 'short time' training.
SW: To go back in for round two.....
SS: Don't know lol
TBR: Mexican...my ass was on fire(in my Alicia Keys song voice)
TM: Work my ass off in the gym and then go grab food from Wendy's!!!! Never again! Don't waste a good workout like that! Haha
TC: Not sure
TBA: Attempting to train kicks after leg day - you're gonna have a bad time
14. What famous person would you enjoy punching in the face the most?
AWY: A Kardashian
AWA: Nicki Minaj
AH: I don't know none really
CROB: Taylor Swift
CROD: Any of the Housewives
CB: Kanye West
DR: Tonya Harding
EB: I would enjoy punching Hitler in the face. He may be dead but he was famous-just in the wrong light.
GB: None, I'd rather talk it out. But the first one that got in my face loud and insulting I'd probably pop em with the quickness.
JA: George W
JF: Charlie Sheen
JP: Kanye West, because he's a whiny baby.
JM: Just one!!? How about Congress? Do they count? If not I'll go back to my original response last time we did a round table - Honey Boo Boo's mother
JC: Miley Cyrus, just to knock some since back in the girls head! (Ain't nobody got time for that!)
KC: I don't think I care that much about any famous people, and I'm not much into punching people out of the context of martial arts. I'd like to give Miley Cyrus the good spanking she clearly never got as a child, but it would be for her own good.
LSC: "The Situation" from Jersey Shore
LSA: THANK YOU FOR ASKING THIS!! Giada DeLaurentiis ...that stupid stupid stupid toothy smile of hers makes me insane and her head is waaaayyy to big for her body.
LVP: Christian Bale. Just because he might like it.
RW: Well it use to be Kanye but now im thinking Miley Cyrus after those VMA's
RS: A-Rod one because he's a cheater and two, because people will not shut up about him.
RH: I don't really get urges to punch people in the face (other than in the cage). Many of the former child stars annoy me though... Amanda Bynes (the ugly list is ridiculous), Miley Cyrus, etc.
TBR: Prolly one of those housewives of Atlanta. The old miss America chick who's a big ol biotch!
TM: Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton
TC: Any Kardashian
TBA: It might be illegal for me to say the Obamas, so now it's a toss-up between Beyoncé and Lady Gaga
15. How often do you wear matching socks?
AWY: Maybe 25% of the time. They come off right away
anyways when I get to the gym and my Daughter steals them.
AWA: If I wear socks they match
CROB: Good question ...
CROD: Only wear socks to run and the always match or it would bug me
CB: Not very often
DR: Usually only black and I don’t like if one is slightly lighter or darker then the other
EB: Ha ha ha-is this a rhetorical question? My washer and dryer eat socks, so not very often
GB: When they're new and I still know where both matches to the pair are.
JA: Um, never actually
JF: Almost every day
JP: 9 times out of 10
KC: EVERY DAY, I'm kind of OCD about that
LSC: Always but I rarely wear socks
LSA: I don't always wear socks, but when I do I wear matching ones.
LVP: Rarely ever
RW: Every day!!!
RH: Always. I HATE when socks don't match or when they get old in general. A new pair of black socks might be one of my favorite things.
SW: lol Workouts NEVER at work Daily
SS: 99% of the time, it's a huge pet peeve
TBR: They always match, OCD yo!
TM: Never. I don't even think I have a pair that matches.
TC: Never, I hate socks.
TBA: Whenever I wear socks
16. What is your favorite pro sports team?
AWY: I'm to busy with my own sport lol so none
AWA: Flyers. I haven't watched much hockey in the past 2 seasons but my son can talk about the Flyers for days and I enjoy hearing what he has to say.
CROB: I don't watch sports besides UFC
CROD: I don’t have one. I have a hard time watching sports on TV other then fighting
CB: Dallas Cowboys
EB: The Cyclones? I'm not really into too many sports
GB: UFC... That doesnt reslly fit maybe.I guess if you look at teams with a lot of quality professional female MMA fighters Jackson's would be the one.
JF: I don't have one
JP: Don't really follow pro sports
JC: Texas Rangers
KC: Chicago Bears
LSC: Colorado Rockies Baby!!!
LSA: Kansas City Chiefs
LVP: Team Quest. (Cheesy, isn't it?! I simply prefer to stay at my favorite places with my favorite people)
RW: I don't really pay attention to any sports that dont have to deal with fighting. They kinda bore me lol
RS: New York Rangers
RH: I prefer college sports, UCONN basketball
SW: Denver Broncos baby
SS: Portland Trailblazers
TBR: I barely even watch any other sports besides fighting...But just to make my friends smile...Cowboys!lol
TM: Denver Broncos
TC: I guess the Dallas Cowboys cause their cheerleaders are awesome
17. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
AWY: I actually have feelings.. and The walk out before the fight is when I'm the most nervous
AWA: I listen to country music in my car...a lot.
AH: I was born in Germany.
CROB: I am a dope rapper haha
CROD: I’m extremely crafty. I love homemade projects and DIY. I love my glue gun
CB: I can crochet and sew
DR: Terrified of bees and wasps
EB: I am a Clint Eastwood fanatic
GB: I once married a man I knew for 2 days. (True story)
JA: I am a teacher of youths. :)
JF: I didn't know UFC existed before I started training
JP: I am an expert sandwich maker, worked at a sandwich shop all throughout high school and loved every minute of it!
JM: hat despite how incredibly talented I am, I can sometimes get lost driving down a straight road... In a town I've lived in for years... There's just not a lot of room in there left for logistics.
JC: I'm a very caring person and really not violent at all, unless I'm fighting
KC: Most people are surprised that I'm an ovo-vegetarian (no meat, no dairy)
LSC: I bowl an average 150 game
LSA: I can turn my feet completely backwards
LVP: I wanted to become an actress when I was younger. I was part of a musical company for two years as a teenager, but when I applied for Drama school in London they turned me down. Probably the reason why I started punching people.
RW: I guess that I'm 19. People usually seem to be surprised by that.
RS: I love singing
RH: I am super non-confrontational
SW: That I am TOTALLY a country kid....
SS: That I can sing well and can dance
TBR: I can dance my ass off ABDC style and I cry at every sports movie.
TM: I'm not really sure on that one... Anyone who knows me well shouldn't be surprised about anything. I am very up front and show everyone who I am!
TC: I'm a pastor's kid 2x over
TBA: I'm a gangsta hamsta
18. What is the best Christmas gift you ever received?
AWY: New rash guard and shorts
AWA: A vacation!
AH: I think when I was younger and got a bike I really wanted
CROB: I honestly don't know hmmm
CROD: My daughter was born a few days before Christmas
CB: My daughter coming home from hospital after being born at 27 weeks
EB: Spending time with two family members that should have been dead for different reasons but still were strong enough to make it through.
GB: A purple unicorn pillow pet. My son asked Santa to bring me a unicorn pillow pet and my coaches made sure Santa didn't forget and took care of it.
JA: My Hamilton Beach Blender
JF: A trip to Kansas City for Invicta
JP: The N'Sync Home for the Holidays CD I bought myself back in the day!
JM: Time with my family
JC: My Shotgun
KC: Art from my super talented family
LSC: My first pink MMA gloves from Sherdog.com
LSA: Jesus...just kidding..although that is probably true, it seems a little sacrilegious to say that. Umm...a Mercedes SUV from my husband.
LVP: My first Invicta fight.
RW: When I was in elementary school and got my first cell phone. I cried.
RH: One year, as part of my gift, my older brother flew me out to San Diego and we road tripped up to my parents house in Portland, OR. The drive was amazing and you can't put a price tag on time with your family.
SW: I would have to say a drawing my son made for me.
SS: Basketball and basketball hoop when I was 5 years old
TBR: My Michael Jackson-esque glittery VS backpack and my rainbow headphones
TM: I have gotten a lot of good ones. I got a remote starter for my truck last year. One of my favorites.
TC: MY WEINERS!!!!
TBA: A baby...named Jesus
19. If you could only eat one thing for a week, what would it be?
AWA: Anything wild boar.
CROD: Dr. pepper and goldfish PUFFS
EB: Turkey Legs
GB: Oatmeal with F3 vanilla protein powder if I had to pick something I could actually eat for a week straight. If it were imaginary world I'd go with chocolate cupcakes topped with cream cheese icing.
JA: French fries.
JF: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bars
JP: Thai Food
JM: Krispy Kreme donuts
JC: Bacon (duh)
KC: Humus and avocado sandwiches
LSC: Neapolitan Ice Cream
LSA: Anything pumpkin flavored.
LVP: Cookie dough ice cream
RW: Crab legs!
SS: I think pizza and chocolate dunkers
TBR: Cookies or seasoned fries duh
TM: Cheeseburgers. They are my weakness!
20. What fighter would you cast as Wonder Woman in a new movie?
AWY: Cat Zingano
AWA: Alexis Davis. Not sure why. That just works
AH: Cat Zingano
CROB: Miesha Tate
CROD: Gina Carano. She has the dark hair and is very curvy. I love the fact that wonder women is fit but very womenly
CB: Charmaine Tweet
EB: Jessamyn Duke
GB: Someone statuesque like Jessamyn Duke.
JA: Felice for sure
JF: Julia Budd
JP: Kamilla "the killa" Philippus
JM: Gina Carano
JC: Sarah D'alelio, because she's pretty dang awesome and has cool hair!
KC: I think Erin Toughill has the size and the look, but I don't know if she can act
LSC: Julia Budd
LSA: Meisha Tate for sure. You have to have nice boobies to play that role. Plus her hair is so awesome.
LVP: I would get a boob-job, dye my hair black and grow 6 inches, then I would cast myself and fulfill my childhood dream.
RW: Sara McMann!!!! <3
RS: Ronda Rousey
RH: Cat Zingano
SW: Jessamyn Duke
SS: Probably Rhonda Rousey
TBR: I don't like wonder woman, but if I must pick, Gina Carano duh! Just to see her wear the outfit and then fight crime in it
TM: Carla Esparza or Felice Herrig.
TC: Meisha Tate
TBA: Julia Budd - she has that Amazon build