“Don’t fear failure. –Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” -Bruce Lee
Fell short on this last one, but I’m still learning. Already thinking about the next camp and getting ready for more exciting things to come. Just taking a breather, making an effort to spend more time reflecting on current events: boxing to mma, getting an award from the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, the media push, fighting as a woman in Dubai in the biggest MMA event that happened there thus far, the ONE FC scoring system and how MMA is judged overall, how thankful I am to be injury-free, and how I can continue to do what I love doing.
THANK YOU EVERYONE for all your support and for all the positive energy!!! I strive to put on exciting performances and want everyone to enjoy the fight sports as much as I do–I put my heart out there. There’s so much to learn about MMA and I’m barely scratching the surface on my potential.
Three things that stand out in my mind from my trip in Dubai:
1. How there are so many Filipino people out there. Sorry Daly City, Dubai has you beat. It’s literally “Little Manila” out there. **Big shout out to all my kababayans out there, thank you for all the love!!** I was mesmerized with the beauty of Dubai and to see a fellow Filipino everywhere I went made Dubai feel like home away from home.
2. Getting in an arm bar attempt and fighting my way out of that–with my feet! I’ve never done anything like that–EVER–in my life but at that moment, it just made sense: controlling my opponent’s hand with one foot while the other foot is striking away at my opponent’s face. Coach would always say FIGHTING IS FIGHTING. Yessir! Definitely one of my “living in the moment” experiences.
And lastly, 3. Someone asking me during an interview what I thought about women fighting, as if that was a new phenomenon. I was like WHAAAT???? “Women empowerment” filled my bloodstream (I was feeling it) and I wanted to be like LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING and give a piece of my mind…haha, LOL. I’ve been fighting for years and women participated in fight sports for a long, long time. Knowing this, I naturally felt upset.
In all honesty though, this person was extremely polite and was genuinely interested (FYI, this was the only person I experienced this with). It wasn’t him that I was frustrated with, but rather the situation. In this big, big world, women still have to find ways to “fit in”. So having the opportunity to fight in the Middle East goes a long way for me. Got one down on my bucket list.
So despite the split decision, this experience has been truly amazing. It’s only the beginning and I’ll be better next time. At the end of the day, I hope people enjoyed my craft of the sweet science and the “Monkey Ground and Pound”.
Thanks for reading this, and PLEASE, PLEASE leave a comment. Tell me what you thought of the fight, what you would love to see in the future, tell me what’s up. I enjoy hearing from you all!
Here’s a highlight video of the fight from Brazil. I love fighting for ONE FC, my fight gets shown to over a billion people all over the world. Enjoy.
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” –Bruce Lee