Thanks for taking the time to speak to ROUGH, how does it feel to be part of this huge growth story of MMA in Asia?
Thank you for having me in your first issue. It’s great to be a part of this huge growth in MMA, I do love the fact that people associate me with One FC, but I only play a small role. I’ve seen MMA grow so fast since I joined with One FC and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
What pushed you towards pursuing life as a ring girl?
I never really saw myself as a ring girl until this opportunity came up with One FC, it sounded like a dream role. I didn’t think I would get it but I thought there was no harm in auditioning.
You get the best seat in the house at every single fight – that must be a pretty good perk?
Yes definitely, along with being flown across Asia from Australia just so I can attend the event. There are so many perks to my job as a ring girl, well I don’t really see it as a ‘job’. During fight week I generally attend photo shoots, media events, press conferences, so for me, I feel each event is more like a glamorous vacation haha.
Do you see this as an opportunity to branch out into other areas like media or fitness and health?
Yes definitely, since starting with One FC I have gained many other opportunities within the media; this has been all around the world but particularly across Asia. I have had many other projects come along.
Is there anyone in particular you look to for inspiration about you role as a ring girl?
Arianny and Britney, they are both internationally well known for their roles as ring girls and I look towards them for inspiration.
A lot of people when they see MMA for the first time can be quite shocked, was that the case for you?
I didn’t really know too much about MMA before I started with One FC, but after my first event and from the front row experience I really enjoyed it. At first, I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy watching the sport as much as I do now.
What’s going through your mind when you are on stage at the weigh-ins?
Don’t forget to suck my tummy in! I actually still get a bit nervous just before I go on stage and it’s when they start to play the weigh in music, it always makes me feel a bit nervous. After the nerves I enjoy the thrill of the weigh-ins and face-offs!
Being around ultra fit athletes must be quite inspirational or intimidating… how do you stay motivated to keep in shape?
Yes I would have to say seeing all the super fit athletes around me is definitely motivation to stay fit and healthy. I enjoy running as well as a bit of cross fit training and kick boxing for fitness.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get fit, but is facing a mental roadblock?
I would encourage these people to get a workout buddy, it’s always easier to workout with friends or family. I enjoy working out with my friends so I see it as a fun ‘catch up’ more than anything.
Photography: Advan Ramirez
Hair & makeup: Marben Talanay
Styling: Aldrin Ramos