Kara Marie Vislosky goes for gold in Grand Rapids

Kara Marie Vislosky takes center stage at Lights Out 4 in the biggest fight of her blossoming career. She takes on Kristi Garr for the inaugural Lights Out atomweight championship on June 29 in Grand Rapids. Before that, she spoke with FightBook MMA.

If someone told you when you were growing up that you’d someday be fighting for a living, fighting for a championship no less, would you have believed them?

Not at all (laughs).

How did you find MMA in the first place?

It was pretty random. I grew up dancing ballet. I had always worked out as a teen and played sports. After college, I was trying to get back into working out, but it was weird because I’d never done it on my own before; I’d always been a part of a team. I found a local kickboxing gym. I didn’t have any intention of fighting, but I fell in love with it and started to get better. That snowballed into me doing a couple amateur boxing bouts, and it get spiraling into MMA.

What is it that’s kept you in the sport of MMA?

I enjoy the challenge of it. I enjoy the evolution of it. As soon as you think you know what you’re doing, or as soon as you think you’re good at something, you get slapped in the face and you learn something new. There’s always something new to learn. It keeps my mind fascinated.

What does your opponent bring to the table?

I’ve done some research on her, and I found that she’s a stud wrestler. She’s a very, very good wrestler.

Have you fought someone of that caliber on the ground before?

No.

Is that another exciting challenge?

Absolutely. We’ve been on each others’ radars for eight or nine months now, and the stars finally aligned for us. I’m really excited about the challenge of it, and I think it’s going to be a great fight.

What is the most likely outcome here?

I’m going to walk away with my hands raised and that belt around my waist, for sure!

How will that feel?

MMA is a really hard sport. To be able to walk away from that fight with that belt around my waist would be years of blood, sweat and tears all coming to fruition. It’s going to be an awesome moment.

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