BOOM! – MMA and Muay Thai Fighter Molly Dupertuis
Good Golly Miss Molly! The statuesque, beautiful brunette with a smile that lights up a room, saunters into a cage. CAGE?? Yup, you got it! Meet the next BIG thing in MMA & Muay Thai fighting… Molly Dupertuis.
I caught up with the adventurous Miss Molly at Nashville MMA. She is training for a big cage fight with AAMMA on July 14th at The Drawbridge Inn, Ft Mitchell KY.
Y’all know I love meeting adventurous women and especially athletes who go above and beyond the norm. She gives a whole new meaning to “fight like a girl!”
Weight: Fighting 135 lbs. or 145 lbs.
Normal weight: 153 lbs.
Tell me about yourself?
I was born and raised in Tampa, FL, but have lived in Clarksville, TN for the past four years. I have a 3-year-old son, Jacob and am a group fitness instructor, teaching boot camp at SSF (Scientific Street Fighting: www.ssfgear.com)
How did you get into martial arts?
When I was 8 years old my parents gave me the option to take gymnastics or martial arts. Since I had an older brother who picked on me, I chose Taekwondo. I received my black belt by the time I was 12.
As I got older, my focus shifted to studying dance (ballet, modern, jazz) and I would take a 6-year break from martial arts.
What brought you back to it?
I had wanted to get back into it since having my son. In January 2011, I found SSF (Scientific Street Fighting) in Clarksville, took a Muay Thai class and loved it.
Do you spare against men?
I do spare with men. It is fun being able to prove myself with the guys. It is also great training as most of them out-weigh me by 25-30 lbs.
Have you ever knocked anyone out?
Yes, my first fight, 8-months post-op ACL surgery. I fought at XFN Extreme Fight Night in Nashville on March 10th. It was a Muay Thai fight and I knocked out LaShanda Williams, a 2010 Golden Gloves competitor, with a spinning back fist at 13 seconds in the 1st round. I was pretty happy because she didn’t make the 145 lbs. weight, but I agreed to fight anyway. LaShanda was 153 lbs.
How much of a difference does weight make versus skill, strength?
Five or ten lbs. are not a big difference when doing stand-up fighting, like Muay Thai. However, when it comes to getting on the ground, grappling, like in MMA, the weight becomes a leverage advantage.
What is a typical training week for you?
I have two trainers who really keep me focused. My MMA trainer is Ron Daley and stand-up (Muay Thai & boxing) is Chris Beasley. I typically train three hours a day, combining interval running, one or two miles, with circuit training, Muay Thai and MMA classes.
Before a big fight, what do you do to make weight? (note: weigh-ins are done the night before a fight)
It depends on how much time I have and what weight class I’m fighting. One time, I had a little more then a week to drop 18 lbs. and go from 153 to 135. That was brutal! I didn’t eat or really drink anything for 4 days before the fight. I would sit in the sauna, workout wearing trash bags, hoodies, sweat pants. I also used a cutting water technique where you fill a bathtub with the hottest water you can possibly stand, without burning yourself, then you add two pounds of Epson salt, 16 oz. of rubbing alcohol and lay in it for 30 minutes. I did this three times in one day before a weigh-in. It just sucks everything out of your body and I lost an additional 4.5 lbs.
What did you eat after weigh-in?
I’m not gonna lie, I was hurting by the time weigh-in came, but I made the weight. Your organs can’t take that kind of abuse for long. As soon as weigh-in was done I drank a ton of water and Pedialyte. Then we went to Outback. Yummy! I ate coconut shrimp, steak, baked potato, a side of pasta, two loaves of bread and cheesecake for desert.
What music do you listen to before a fight?
“Fly “by Nicki Minaj
“99 Problems” by Jay Z
Are you ready for your next fight on July 14th in Ft. Mitchell, KY?
I am excited for it!
What is your greatest fighting strength?
My heart. It may sound corny, but I am passionate about this sport. I will fight through the pain. I always want to be the best I can be.
What is your biggest challenge with fighting?
Catching up with groundwork. My strength is stand-up fighting so working on grappling and technique.
What is the best thing about fighting?
The rush. I feel like I was meant to do this.
What is the least favorite thing?
Injuries. I’ve had at least four black-eyes, but it is all good.
Is there any discrimination against women in MMA or Muay Thai?
It is getting better. In the past, promoters and gawker fans focused more on the fighters’ looks versus skill. They are now realizing that we girls have some serious skills! You can also be attractive and kick butt!
Do you see MMA becoming an Olympic sport?
I would hope so. It might take another 20 years but women’s boxing is now an Olympic sport, so you never know. There are 36 fighters in three weight classes competing in 2012.
Who are your sponsors?
Fighter Girls apparel and gear. Their stuff is great! I would like to find some cash sponsors, so if you know of any, have them give me a holla!
Female fighters; Ronda Rousey, Jessamyn Duke and Brazilian, Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes
February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness for the leading cause of death in American women: heart disease. And perhaps no one will be sporting her red more proudly than 20-year-old Nashvillian Nykia Babb.
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