Conflict MMA #22 takes place in Columbia, SC on November 8th. Alexa Conners (4-1) will face Alyssa Vasquez (6-3) for the 135lb title as Alexa looks to become the first 2 weight class champion for Conflict. Before this challenge, ALexa sat down with us to talk about what it means to succeed in the sport she loves so much.
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#1 Thanks for taking the time to sit with me just 2 weeks before your fight and just before what your camp calls “Hell Week” as you prepare for a very tough opponent in Alyssa Vasquez.
Tell the readers where you are from originally and where you are from now as we get started…
Alexa Conners: I was born in Winchester, VA. I currently live in Columbia, SC.
#2 Why did you start training and what made you want to become a fighter? When did you start fighting competitively?
I started training about 3 years ago. One of my friends who fought, convinced me to go to a MMA class and I fell in love with it. I made my debut in Savannah, GA May 11th, 2013 against Nicola Fairclough and won via decision for Conflict MMA.
#3 So you made your debut in May 2013 and now having fought 5 times now and no slowing down in sight, Where do you find your inspiration and where do u see yourself in 5 years in this sport?
I fight for many things but mainly for myself and team. I try to set goals and prove to myself that I can overcome anything and that I can be a champion. I also fight for my siblings. I try to be a good role model and show them that dreams do come true and if you truly set your mind on something, you can accomplish it. In 5 years I see myself being a professional MMA fighter and becoming better and better every year. The ultimate goal is to be in the UFC.
I played basketball from 5 years old until I graduated high school. Playing a sport I think did help with my transition into MMA. I’m coachable and disciplined. Characteristics I learned from playing ball.
#5 Why do u fight for conflict and what could tell other fighters about the promotion?
Conflict is a great promotion. They care about their fighters. They go out of their way to help you and do whatever you need.
#6 Tell me something most people don’t know about Alexa Conners…
Most people don’t know that I work full time and train every single day, Morning and night, when I can. People also don’t know that I’ve moved 11 times since I was a baby and attended 4 different high schools though I’m forever grateful because I’ve met some amazing people along the way.
#7 You won your first title (The Conflict MMA’s 145lb title) with our promotion against Annie Decrescente via doctor stoppage and then defended the title against undefeated Allison Ainley winning via KO in your last fight. Where does this position you in the southeastern fight scene and have you had a chance to reflect on any of this?
I don’t really focus on where I am positioned in the region, I am just focused on getting better each day. I am just laying back and enjoying the ride.
#8 What does it mean for you to be the 145 champ and what would it mean to be the 135 champ and first 2 weight class champion for Conflict MMA?
Being the 145lb conflict champion means so much to me. I have worked hard the past 3 years and being able to win the belt and then defend it, was a dream come true. Being able to say I am the 135lb and 145lb champion for Conflict would mean the world to me. It would be a honor to represent my team and show everyone how hard we truly work and why we are one of the best gyms (Sor Sumrit Muay Thai) in the southeast.
#9 Who is your favorite fighter and why?
My favorite fighter is Sara McMann. She is a very humble person, a great role model for the UFC, and a well-rounded fighter.
#10 As we get close to the conclusion of this interview is there any sponsors or any one on the team you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my sponsors for the ongoing support and encouragement through this training camp. It has meant a lot. And to my coaches and team mates, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hasn’t been for y’all. Every day you push me to be the best. We train like champions to be champions. Love y’all very much. Last but for sure not least. I want to thank my family. They put up with me through every training camp. The emotions are insane (laughs). They are my daily motivation and honestly don’t know where I would be in life without them.
**You can see Alexa live in action Nov 8th at Main Event Fitness in Columbia, SC. tickets are available by calling 843-603-1115 or going to www.conflictmmapromotions.com**