Miranda Maverick is only 20 years old and she already has four professional bouts under her belt. She has wasted little time in pursing her career aspirations and she was kind enough to sit down with Five Round MMA and answer a few question. Find out about her athletic background, her motto for fighting, what being a fighter means to her, and when we can expect to see her inside the cage again.
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- You had your first amateur bout in 2015 and in a little over a year you made your professional debut for Invicta FC. Can you talk about fighting for the biggest women’s mixed martial arts organization in the world?
Being invited to Invicta FC to make my professional debut was the best thing that ever happened to me and I plan on making the most of that opportunity. It has been great to work with the inspirational athletes and workers within the organization. They have shown me nothing but kindness and have really tried to connect with me on a personal level.
- You last fought in July at Invicta FC 24. Can you tell us when fans can expect to see you back in the cage again?
I hope to fight on the December 8th card in Kansas City, but perhaps I’ll have to hold out until January to show my improvement.
- Can you tell us about where do you train out of and explain how your fight camp has prepared you so far in you MMA career?
I train out of Springfield Fight Club in Springfield, Missouri. Most of my training partners are men. The fact that they are bigger, stronger, faster, and even more skilled at times makes me get better each and every day and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Throughout my fight camps we train every angle and focus on my strengths while slowly turning my weaknesses into strengths. From the guidance of my jiu-jitsu and kickboxing coaches, as well as advise on nutrition and conditioning, I feel like a new person and a better fighter each time I step in the cage.
- Four of your wins on the amateur scene and two of your wins as a professional have come by way of submission. Is grappling and jujitsu your favorite part of MMA?
I go by the motto that if I can avoid getting hurt and end a fight fast, I will. Submissions tend to be what comes easy for me as I started in that field. Girls have been easy to take down in the past and I work well off of my back, but striking is becoming just as comfortable for me.
- How would you explain your fighting style?
Unorthodox, tough, strong, and heavy pressure. I take my time and secure positions on the ground and I try to cut angles and be smart standing. My goal for my fighting style is to have the smartest fighting style. It is mixed martial arts; I am not meant to do one discipline.
- What is your athletic background? Did you play all types of sports growing up or did you mainly focus on martial arts?
Growing up I participated in many sports and seemed to excel at ones where strength was a large aspect. Gymnastics, arm-wrestling, track, basketball, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and now a mixture of everything has contributed to my interest in mixed martial arts. Honestly, the background that prepared me most was rough-housing at home with my dad and siblings all of my life and working on our ranch as if I was an adult man most of my childhood.
- How important is it now for young fighters to focus on all aspects of MMA rather than just specialize on one particular fighting skill?
The evolution of martial arts has been incredible over the past few decades and the older fighters who were good before are finding that the new technique younger people are learning is out doing the old. More gyms are integrating different techniques and it is necessary to have a base of several disciplines. I think it is fine to have one strength, but knowledge in others is important if you want success in the highest arenas. jiu-jitsu, muay thai, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, they are all aspects of MMA that I feel I NEED to know about.
- Was there an aspect of MMA that you really struggled with when you first started training?
Honestly, most things came easy to me as far as learning them, but striking for me was hard to get used to in a fight. I went from never hitting anyone because I could take them down instead to forcing myself to stand and punch. It wasn’t that I couldn’t, it just wasn’t natural.
- Who are some of your biggest inspirations in you life and how did they affect your decision to enter mixed martial arts?
As I always say: The Lord and my dad came first and foremost. I was given my talents for a reason and I intend to reach my potential. My dad has supported me every step of the way and encouraged me from the start with what began as training for self-defense at home and turned into my life’s passion and the biggest dream I’ve ever had.
And I’ve always wanted to prove to myself, to my enemies, to my family, to other girls who don’t think they can be tough, to those fighting their own overt and covert battles, that you can do what you set your mind to with faith effort, and the talents that have been bestowed to you. #alwaysforward
- What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
Being a fighter for me is so much more than a hobby or a way of seeking attention. I am able to show my potential and show how hard work and morals and faith can get a person somewhere. Being a successful young woman in this sport is a big responsibility. With a high like the feeling of having my hand raised after an all-in physical battle, the low is equally as drastic. It is sickening, for it is a feeling of utter failure to lose in such an individual sport where it is only yourself to blame. I can never let anyone down and I feel that I must set a good example of sportsmanship, respect, humbleness, and humility. With children, women, and even men who I know look up to me watching me, I feel pressure to give it my all, to be their inspiration just as they are unknowingly my motivation. Even more so, being able to succeed as my favorite person watches is an amazing feeling, for I feel as though my dad can live his dreams that he never had a chance to achieve thru my own. Also, fighting and being successful in doing so is a point of pride for me, showing all of those who ever doubted my dreams that I CAN AND I HAVE achieved the goal that was thought to be a fantasy.
- What life lessons have can be learned from fighting?
1: humility, humbleness (you quickly realize how easy it is for people to end your life and how not-invincible your fragile body is)
2: work ethic, responsibility
3: faith (that even in hard times you can continue with the help of others and remembering your goals)
4: respect (for your opponents and your trainers and the other people who struggle every day to get better)
5: trust and friendship (I have formed more bonds at my gym than I have anywhere else. I literally place my life in their hands every day and trust them not to hurt me. They have helped me get where I am today and true personalities come out in the bad times when we are tired, sore, and don’t feel like going on.)
- What can we expect from Miranda Maverick in the future?
Being one of the young women in the sport, I see nowhere but up for myself. I haven’t even reached my prime, and continue learning and improving each fight to the point I laugh at and am embarrassed about my previous fights. Within the next three fights I hope to be a title challenger for Invicta and would love to get a call from the UFC before I turn 21. I will continue climbing to the top and make people see what I can do, even I have to fight my way up one person at a time!