Xtreme Couture’s Elena “Baby Doll” Reid is set to make her MMA debut in the IFO December 28th at the Riviera. Elena has had a distinguished career as a pro boxer including headlining a card on FOX Sports earlier this Fall.
Elena holds a record of 19 wins against 3 losses and 5 draws as a boxer. She is the WIBA and IFBA Flyweight champion.
We had a chance to sit down with her today after Pro Practice.
XC: Why MMA?
Elena: The visibility of the sport and I want to be more active as a fighter. In the U.S. right now it seems the sport and business of MMA is more accepting of women than boxing. My whole life I have trained to be a front runner as a woman in the fight business and it just seems to fit.
XC: What do you think of MMA so far?
Elena: I love it. I feel like a kid in a candy store. It’s a lot of fun. The only thing I dislike about it is that I started as a kick boxer and got really bruised. In boxing I don’t get bruised. But now in MMA I come out everyday covered in black and blue and I’m always sore. But I like that I feel like a kid again where I’m learning and don’t know what to expect. But I make up for it with aggression and toughness.
XC: Will you defend boxing titles during your MMA career?
Elena: I would love to, yes. The hope for everything is that my MMA career increases my visibility and that that will help my boxing. I would like to have belts in both boxing and MMA at the same time.
XC: Is it diffictult to compete in both sports at the same time?
Elena: The training is, yes. Because MMA is a whole day event for me. In boxing I could train after school or work. But MMA is a full time job for me now.
XC: Why Xtreme Couture?
Elena: Because it’s the best. No question about it. If you want to be the best you have to train with the best.
XC: When did you start fighting?
Elena: When I was 15.
XC: Why did you start?
Elena: I played sports growing up and have always been competitive. I had a friend who was in kickboxing. I did it and fell in love with the competition. It made me give up everything else. It fit me because it has everything. You have to be in shape, run, do strength and conditioning and learn technique. In anything that I do chose to do I want to be the best and will always put all my heart and soul into it. To do whatever is in my control to make things happen.
XC: Anything else?
Elena: I’m hopeful and really thankful to the Xtreme Couture team for being accepting of me. As a female you never know if people will be accepting of you as a fighter. I’ve earned respect here and I’m very thankful for that. I know as a female it doesn’t always end up that way.
Tickets to Elena’s debut are available at the Riviera Box Office by calling 702.794.9433. Use code “Steele 256” for discount tickets.
(Elena spars with Wanderlei)