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February 3rd 2017

 

Fighter Profile
Name – Vanesa Rico
Nickname – Chiquitina
Weight – 105 Pounds
Record – 2 Wins 2 Losses
Team – Fisico Marcial Team

 
Where are you from ?
Alicante.España.

 

How long have you been training in Mixed Martial Arts ?
30 years a lifetime jaajaja.

 

How did you get into MMA ?
By my coach and partner of my gym I showed up and we started to train together.

 

Tell us about your nickname and how you got it ?
Chiquitina is my nickname because I am veryyyy small and everywhere I go I was told that.

 

What was the defining moment for you when you knew you wanted to be a fighter ?
All my life, my first competition in Judo I was 7 years old.

 

When you decided to pursue MMA where your family and friends supportive of that decision ?
Everyone supported me even though my mother was scared.

 

What is your current record ?
Sherdog 2-2.

 

What is your favorite strike, submission, or combination to use in a fight ?
Juji gatame (arm wrench).

 

Who is your biggest inspiration ?
My biggest inspiration is my Mother she is a fighter of life.

 

What team do you train with ?
I train with my team Fisico Marcial Team with Monica Gaitan who is the coach of K1 and was an MMA fighter.

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When you step in the cage where do you like the fight to take place do you like to stand and bang or take it to the ground ?
Striker the grappler ? Depends on the moment but always I always come to fight.

 

What does being a fighter mean to you ?
Being a fighter for me is a way of life, to overcome myself to prove myself.

 

What weight do you fight at ?
I fight at 105 pounds Atomweight

 

What separates you from the rest of the fighters in the Atomweight division ?
What I think separates me from the others is my usual conditions to train where I am from there are not many means and there are even less being a girl and being only 48 kg.

 

If you could have one dream fight who would it be against and why ?
The fight of my dreams they are all those opponents that I faced at great events.

 

Out of your 4 fights who has been your toughest opponent to date ?
Gina Iniong she took advantage of my mistakes very fast.

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What is your mentality heading into a fight ?
My mentality before the fight is Vanesa Enjoy and do not leave anything out there without giving 100%.

 

Who are you fighting next ?
I am fighting Kyra Batara.

 

What holes or weaknesses will you be looking to exploit or take advantage of when you step in the cage with her ?
Kyra’s weakness is she is 22 years old and I am 36 there are 14 years between us that add up to my experience.

 

What promotion are you fighting for ?
Fight America in Los Angeles.

 

What is the date and time of your next fight ?
February 16, I do not know the time. it will be aired on UFC Fight Pass.

 

What do you want people to remember you for at the end of your career ?
That I was a big fighter of 1.50 cms.

 

Who has been the biggest influence on you and your career ?
The person who has influenced me most to compete and then fight is my judo coach and Olympic champion Miriam Blasco.

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Who do you think has had the biggest impact on women’s MMA ?
Ronda Rousey has had a great impact she was my partner in judo training.

 

How would you describe your fighting style ?
My fighting style is Dynamic, active and explosive.

 

What drives or motivates you to step in the cage and compete ?
What motivates me is that I have had a hard life away from my family with hard illness problems in my family and I have never stopped fighting and dreaming.

 

What do you think you would be doing today if you had never become a fighter ?
If it was not fighting I would be a competitor of some other sport.

 

What gets you mentally prepared for your fights ?
What mentally prepares me is thinking that I am where I want to be and that I enjoy training the fight is the prize.

 

Do you have any rituals that get you ready to step n the cage ?
I listen to music and sing hahaha.

 

Who is your favorite fighter ?
Megumi Fuji.

 

When you are not training what do you enjoy doing in your free time ?
I enjoy making friends going to the cinema, and going out with friends.

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What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far ?
Making it to the finals of the National Championship of my country in Judo.

 

What do you think the biggest challenges are for women in MMA ?
The biggest challenge is to be recognized with the same equality as the men.

 

What advice can you give to the next generation of female fighters ?
My advice to the young ones are to have fun enjoy it and always give the maximum effort and smile.

 

Where do you see women’s MMA in 5 years ?
On the same level as the mens MMA.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years ?
In my Fisico Marcial gym enjoying the fight game and training my students.

 

What is your goal in the sport ?
My goal is to reach for the sky of MMA I still do not know what it is but I will arrive.

 

Is there anyone you would like to thank in closing ?
I want to thank Rosa Freitas she believes in me she is my manager and I am Spanish away from her and I do not doubt she is my wings, my physical team martial and Monica Gaitan they are my motor and my sponsors that help me to make all this possible.

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