All female MMA Show provides plenty of questions and answers

Posted: July 10, 2009 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Shawn Tompkins

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Gabriella Lakoczky, right, gets taped up by trainer Shawn Tompkins before a recent practice at Xtreme Couture. The native of Sweden will be making her MMA debut tonight at Tuff-N-Uff’s first-ever all-female card at the Orleans.

    Q: What do you think of amateur events like Tuff-N-Uff?

    A: “It’s kind of a ‘love/hate’ relationship for me. Love: I think amateur shows are an awesome opportunity to help build the sport, in particular with women as it is much more difficult for women to get fights at a pro level and on the bigger shows. It also gives fighters a chance to get ring/cage experience at a much smaller level.

    Hate: I get frustrated going to amateur shows and seeing fighters getting in the ring/cage at too early of a stage of their training. Especially as women are still trying to establish themselves as legit fighters in the MMA world, I’d like for women fighters to represent us well.

    I think MMA is a popular sport right now and everyone is a fighter so people often times take a fight when they are not at all prepared or ready yet. For the spectators that may be seeing MMA for the first time live, this represents our sport poorly.”

    Q: WAMMA just released rankings, what do you think of them?

    A: “I think rankings are somewhat difficult and I’m sure everyone has a particular opinion regarding them. No one’s going to be happy.”

    Q: Did you expect MMA to grow in popularity the way it has?

    A: “Absolutely, the timing was perfect for MMA as a growing sport. Boxing was beginning to lose its luster and kickboxing/Muay Thai (while it’s one of my favorites!) never made it as well as it had in Europe and Asia. I think the U.S. as well as the world was very intrigued when MMA entered the scene and to see the way it has developed over the years is amazing. Fighters are now more well-versed in their skills; stand-up, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, etc.”

    Q: What would you say to critics that say MMA is too violent?

    A: “I think the critics that consider MMA too violent are also the ones who don’t understand the sport. The sanctioning organizations have done a great job of keeping the sport safe and well controlled.”

    Q: What is the best way to get involved?

    A: “There are millions of ways to be involved. On fightergirls.com alone, we’ve got thousands on our forum discussing women’s MMA and how to improve the sport and we’ve got writers covering events and conducting interviews.”

    Q: Are women fighters supposed to be masculine or are they supposed to show their feminine side?

    A: “Women fighters are who they are. In my personal opinion, it is much easier to market a fighter that also has a feminine side to balance out the ‘toughness,’ but skill takes precedence over all of this of course.”

    — Jennifer Miller, LV Sun correspondent

    Posted By Scott Haney

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