Cheyenne, Wyoming: Sparta Sports & Entertainment has an amazing card lined up for fans as they host Sparta Wyoming 5. This event will be taking place on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at The Outlaw Saloon in Cheyenne, Wyoming with Ring Announcer Kody Mommaerts.
Avery Sage fighting out of the United States is making her MMA debut, she will be taking on another MMA debutant in Alex Apodaca fighting out of Colorado, USA.
Avery does have a fight under her belt. She took on Ashley Smallwood in a Muay Thai Bout and lost by unanimous decision at Lion Fight 61 for the inaugural IKF-Lion Fight Women’s Amateur Super Lightweight Title. This event took place on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was nationally televised in the United States on the CBS Sports Network. The event took place at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Now she will be making her MMA debut at Sparta Wyoming 5. Avery took time to talk to Roberto Villa CEO of FightBook MMA before she steps in the Sparta cage.
Roberto: Avery thank you so much for the opportunity to talk to you and get to know you a little bit better. Can you tell the fight fans a bit about yourself?
Avery: Hello and thanks for having me. A little about me, I was born in Texas, grew up in Colorado, and have found my home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Where I am currently a fifth grade teacher and an aspiring MMA fighter. I am 25 and have been training mixed martial arts for 3 years now. I am a Jesus loving dog mom with and bold and bright personality, excited to come out and show the fight world who I am.
Roberto: I like asking this question to all my fighter interviews. What made you decide to get into fighting?
Avery: Honestly, when my husband, Jake, first told me he was training to fight it terrified me. I remember crying from the second I saw him walking to the cage for the very first time to the moment they raised his hand for the win. My fear for him roller coaster-ed from excited to shock, to oh my gosh that was the coolest thing I have ever seen. The very next week I went into the gym with him, just to watch training. Ended up jumping and joining the practice, I have been on the mat and loving this sport every second since. I wasn’t truly inspired to fight myself until I started seeing and noticing other bad ass women crushing it. I looked up to so many, and was excited by the fact that I too could do this!
Roberto: Thats awesome! You made your Muay Thai debut at Lion Fight 61 for the inaugural IKF-Lion Fight Women’s Amateur Super Lightweight Title. Since this fight, what have you learned about yourself that you will bring to the MMA cage?
Avery: That fight was seriously such an honor. Took on 7 days’ notice and not a lot of prep, it was a whirl wind of an experience. I truly didn’t even realize what an incredible opportunity it was until I walked out to the ring. That fight taught me so much about myself, showed me strengths I had never known before and help drive me forward in this awesome journey. While it didn’t go my way, I realized I beat myself, more so didn’t fight to my full potential. With that being said, since then I have grown SO much. Not only mentally but technically and physically as well. I am not just a striker/stand up fighter, my jits and wrestling have also been improving. I am beyond excited to show off all of my training and hard work. Grateful to have some of the greatest coaches and training partners, who grow and pour into me, here at Syndicate MMA.
Roberto: Seven days notice thats crazy. How has training been during this pandemic as you prepare for this fight?
Avery: Training has honestly been incredible. The pandemic allowed me to focus more on training then I ever have before. During most of it I felt like a full time athlete. This feel and experience has been addicting and such a thrill. I am lucky enough to have mats set up in my garage at home, so daily training sessions during quarantine were always poppin’. Additionally, we have been fortunate to host many traveling fighters during their camps here in Vegas this past year. Which has supplied awesome amounts of knowledge, as well as an endless supply of built in training partners. Which I am forever grateful.
Additionally, I trained with my small crew of beast-women during the pandemic, these sessions were intense and helped me grow in more ways than I can explain. I am pleased to say 2020 was an incredible year, as far as training and growing my skills are concerned.
Roberto: I like that you didnt give up and kept training. You’re taking on Alex Apodaca at Sparta Wyoming 5, do you know much about her?
Avery: We don’t know much about her, as this is her debut also, but she seems great. I am excited for the opportunity to share the cage with her. And put my skills to the test against someone that many have called “a tough opponent”. Here’s to one heck-of-a fight Alex. I know she’s dating a wrestler, so I’m assuming she may be down to wrestle.
Roberto: What can the fans expect?
Avery: Fans can expect intensity. Joy and a high energy fight. We may just be two MMA debuts but this fight is going to have sparks. Fans won’t want to miss it.
Roberto: Anything you want to tell Alex before you meet her inside the Sparta cage?
Avery: It’s a pleasure and I can’t wait.
Roberto: Let’s circle back at your Muay Thai bout. How was the experience fighting for such a well known Muay Thai promotion?
Avery: As I mentioned it was a huge opportunity that I was flung into last minute. I felt nonchalant about the experience until it all hit me. What an honor. Seriously blown away by this promotion and their class. Extremely grateful. Would love to fight for them again someday, maybe next time with a more level head and a camp to prep but for now MMA is my focus!
Roberto: After this fight against Alex at Sparta Wyoming 5, do you want to continue fighting in Muay Thai or both?
Avery: MMA is the focus but will most likely dabble in both before eventually going pro!
Roberto: Ecellent. What does your family and friends say when they found out you wanted to pursue fighting?
Avery: All super support. I have the most incredible team, husband, friends, and family that will come from all over to see me fight. I love the support and positivity they all bring. Many were surprised when I said this is what I wanted. But in the end all have done nothing but lift me up and encourage me forward.
Roberto: Its always great to have a huge support for something you love. Good for you. Are you excited to have the opportunity to make your MMA debut under the Sparta banner?
Avery: 100% yes. The Sparta team has been nothing but incredible to me. From my very first kickboxing bout to all the in betweens they are amazing and I love working with them. I hope to fight with them for a long time to come. So honored truly. Thanks for the love y’all!
Roberto: Alright Avery, I like asking some rapid questions during my interviews. Tell us your favorite food?
Avery: Ice cream…. But if that doesn’t count Mac’n’cheese.
Roberto: What about your favorite music you like to listen while training or working out?
Avery: Anything upbeat, but Disney classics and show tunes are also wonderful.
Roberto: Interesting, no one has ever mentioned Disney classics as music to work out with, thats badass. What do you like doing outside of training?
Avery: Hiking with my dog, trail running, and art!
Roberto: Where do you see yourself 2 years from now?
Avery: Vegas still for sure. Training with the best of the best. Becoming the best I can be and fighting as full time as possible! Shining for sure.
Roberto: Avery, thank you for the opportunity to be able to talk to you. Any shoutouts to sponsors or to anyone the floor is yours.
Avery: Shout outs main just to my team and coaches who have supported me and grown me through all this. To Syndicate my awesome gym. John Wood, Natan Levy, Jerry Shapiro, and Brian Zehler the coaches who worked with me. My main training partners for this camp Melissa, Bella, Jojo, Roxy, and Valerie thanks for working me girls! And most importantly my husband, and biggest supporter, couldn’t do all I do without you! Thank you !!! Thanks so much for having me!