July 7th 2017
Name – Curry Galazka
Nickname – Biz Bomb
Weight – 125-135 Pounds
Record – 2 Wins 2 Losses
Team – UFC Gym Clearwater Florida
Where are you from ?
I was born and raised in Vernon, Michigan.
How long have you been training in Mixed Martial Arts ?
I’ve been training Mixed Martial Arts full time for roughly 2 years. However, I’ve been an athlete my whole life.
How did you get into MMA ?
I found myself absolutely obsessed with MMA when I first saw women competing competitively in the UFC.
Tell us about your nickname and how you got it ?
I have several nicknames from which my close friends and ohana call me. “Biz” however, has definitely been one that’s stuck with me throughout my MMA career. I honestly have no idea truly where it comes from, other than maybe that my right cross is like a bomb, naturally the “Biz Bomb” seemed appropriate 🙂
What was your defining moment when you knew that competing in MMA was the right path for you ?
The moment I knew it was my destiny to become a fighter had to be when I first saw Ronda Rousey and Meisha Tate headline a UFC bout. I knew I had exactly what it took and more to be where these women were competing in one of the most elite organizations for Mixed Martial Arts in the world.
When you decided to compete in MMA what was the reaction of family and friends and where they supportive of your decision ?
I am truly fortunate and blessed to say I have an incredible Ohana that’s been beyond supportive throughout my entire athletic career. From rodeo and t-ball as a kid, to competitive swimming, equestrian team and softball in my adolescence, to my true passion of martial arts. Never has there been a time where they weren’t there supporting from near or far. I’ll never forget my Mom, sister and uncle Brad all looking at me, at the same time Ronda and Meisha were fighting and saying, “CURRY!!!!! YOU HAVE TO DO THIS!!!!! OH MY GOD!!! YOU’LL DO SO, SO WELL IN THIS!!!! TRY IT!! YOU GOTTA TRY IT!!!!”. With that much excitement and radiating belief I could go extremely far in this, I had to find a way to get involved. And to be honest, it was it the best decision of my life!
What is your current record ?
My current record as an amateur MMA fighter is, (2-2-0).
What is your favorite strike, submission, or combination to use in a fight ?
My favorite strike would have to be the brilliant, Brazilian kick and or the Teep kick. My favorite submission would have to be either the Kimura, or the Americana arm lock.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration ?
My biggest inspiration, besides my Mom and my sister, would have to be Mother Nature and the incredible intuition of Nature. Every wonderful wonder of the world. I seek inspiration in the things I can’t explain. The things that are unknown to me. The flower poking up through the concrete, and the way the colors dance on the clouds in the early mornings, or sunsets. I seek inspiration in the things I can’t see, but can feel. It’s these connections I have, that make me different. These connections that will make me one of the greatest new generation warriors on the planet.
What team do you train with ?
I was currently training with UFC gym in Clearwater, FL. However, I’m going to be training at Matt Arroyo’s gym in Tampa, FL after my fight on July 8, 2017. I’m really looking forward to it. Also, looking forward to attending a few fighter camps at ATT in Coconut Creek, FL; as well as AKA in San Jose, CA.
When you step in the cage where do you want the fight to take place do you want to keep it standing or take it to the ground ?
’m generally one that likes the fight to go to the ground and impose my will on my opponent. I come from a wrestling background and I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. However, I’m finding a new love for Muay Thai that I never thought I had. So, I’ll have to say that my game is ever evolving, as it should be 😉
What does being a fighter mean to you ?
Being a fighter, is something I’ve been my entire life, literally. I fought for my life in the first moments of it by having the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck cutting of circulation to my brain and body. I’ve fought to be me, and stand out differently, be courageous for those who couldn’t. Even though I always knew I was unique and had an undefined mission in this life. I knew I always had what it took to push myself to be better, faster, stronger. Being a fighter, means stepping out of my comfort zone to accomplish the things I fear the most. To stand and face adversity no matter what, no matter who, no matter where, why or how. Challenging myself to be better on every level of existence. But most of all, I’d have to say, being a fighter to me, means being an INCREDIBLY humble, gracious, inspirational and motivational role model for ALL walks of life, and leaving a legacy that is truly remarkably great.
What weight do you fight at ?
I normally fight at 135 lb. Bantamweight class. Though, I’m taking a fight at 125 lb. Flyweight division, as a new undiscovered challenge. So, it could be both classes, depending on coaching.
What do you think separates and sets you apart from other fighters in your division?
What separates me from other fighters is the fact that I have the power of the universe behind me in this journey. I will be exactly what I say I’m going to be. Without a doubt.
If you could have one dream fight who would it be against and why ?
My dream fight will be when I face the current Champion in the division I’m competing in for the World Title in the UFC. No matter who it is 🙂
Out of all your fights who has been your toughest opponent to date ?
My toughest fight to date would have to be Christina Neal. It was my very first fight way back in December, 2013. I took the first on a months notice, not knowing a thing about MMA. She was a seasoned grappler training in a real MMA gym. It was a blast, we went all three rounds ending in a Split Decision going to her. I was EXHAUSTED!!!!! LOL but will never will I forget the instilled passion I gained for fighting that night!
What is your mindset going into a fight ?
My mindset going into a fight is breathe, and take my own pulse first.
Who are you fighting next ?
My next opponent is Gabi Donate (2-0), on July 8, 2017 in Fort Pierce, FL.
What holes or weaknesses will you be looking to take advantage of in her game plan when you both meet in the cage ?
Haha, for me to know and the crowd to find out 😉
Who are your sponsors and what are some of the ventures you have going on outside the cage ?
The current promotions I’m fighting for are: MyMMANews, SicChic Fight Gear, and Sam Wojoceichowski. Not fully sponsored but definitely showing support for: Our Oceans, the environment, renewable energy sources for our planet, sustainable methods of gathering food sources, rebuilding our great reefs, protecting our rainforests and endangered species, protecting and banning shark fining on a global scale, going green, as well as many more.
What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career ?
I want to be remembered as the one who truly made a difference in the lives of all those I come into contact with. In one way or another, my goal is to move the masses to living their passions and dreams to their fullest extent and believe that ALL things are possible. I want to be remembered as a truly, spectacular human being.
Who has been the biggest influence on you and your career ?
The one who’s been the most influential in this journey would have to have been my mom. Never have I known someone to be more inspirational or stronger of a person than her. Through all the adversity she faced growing up, to being the brilliant, dedicated, courageous woman she is today. She’s the strongest woman I’ve ever known. An I fight for her every single day. To become even a quarter of the woman she is in my life, I’ll definitely be doing damn fine!
Who do you think has had the biggest impact on the sport ?
I feel like the fans are the ones with the biggest impact! Without them, where would we all be besides fighting to the death gladiator style. They are the ones we all fight for. To earn respect, to inspire, to also become inspired by. They’re the ones spending their money to come out and help support us when were all mostly low-income amateur fighters brawling at the local strip club or pub to prove we have what it takes to go all the way to the UFC. From the beginning of a Fighters career, to the end of their career, the fans are there. So to me, I will do my utmost best to perform at the elite level of my abilities at every event I’m booked. To show them I truly care about being a fighter and how grateful I am that they’re taking the time to be involved in the world of MMA.
How would you describe your fighting style ?
I’m definitely a freestyle fighter.
What drives and motivates you to step in the cage and compete ?
I’m driven my the power of the universe. Also, I may have been born in Michigan and am very proud of being from there, but Hawai’i saved my life. It’s there I found what it truly means to be a warrior here in the modern day. So, no matter what, I am culturally Hawaiian into the deepest elements of my soul.
What gets you mentally prepared to step in the cage on fight night ?
Music mentally prepares me. That and the combination of movement. Just becoming in tune with my mind, body and spirit.
Do you have any rituals that get you ready to step in the cage ?
My rituals are still evolving. I have noticed myself pause and say one final praise for the fight before stepping into the cage. Usually just brings me courage, stillness within and focus for the war that is about to break out.
Your backstage your music plays walk us through whats going on in your head as you walk out to the cage ?
I feel like I slightly start to get tunnel vision. Like it’s all a blur. My eyes are centered in front of me, I can hear nothing but my breath and the contractility of my heart beat. Strong, ready. Almost like going underwater, except I’m hyperaware.
Who is your favorite fighter ?
Oh gosh LOL, this is a hard question! I have too many! The one that really truly got me started, started in MMA was Ronda Rousey. After reading her first book, it brought me to tears how similar our lives were. Her journey in Judo through the Olympics. Having a mother, who’s your greatest ally and supporter. Losing her father to suicide. So many things came into alignment for me after getting to know her through her words. I am VERY much looking for the opportunity to arise when I can roll and train with her one day! After Rousey, I’d have to say it’s an even tie between Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor, Max Holloway, Daniel Cormier, Dan Henderson, Miesha Tate, Liz Carmouche, Carlos Condit, and Donald Cerrone.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time ?
In my free time I love being in the outdoors. Surfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing, camping, riding my horses, working in the garden, doing farm work, grilling out, etc.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in MMA so far ?
My biggest accomplishment in this journey so far was winning my first Amateur Bantamweight Championship belt in January, 2016. The fight was in Fostoria, OH, against Diamond Long.
What do you think the biggest challenges are for women in Mixed Martial Arts ?
I think we’ve worked through huge challenges as women in Martial Arts. To finally be taken seriously, (for the most part) in such an aggressive and combative sport as the UFC, truly is a testament to how far we can take this. So, stars the limit I like to say. Victory over Adversity.
What advice would you give to the next generation of female fighters ?
LADIES!!!!!! DON’T QUIT!!! STAND AND FIGHT!! Find your inner warrior and unleash her!! Dig deep within yourselves and ignite that flame to challenge yourself on the greatest level you’ll ever face! But most of all, BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS!!!!! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!
Where do you see MMA in 5-10 years ?
TAKING OVER 😉 LOL
Where do you see yourself 5 years down the road ?
Competing for a title shot in the UFC 🙂
What are some of your goals and things you are looking to achieve ?
I personally want my black belt in multiple disciplines of the sport. Preferably, my black belt in BJJ. But as I said before, stars the limit!
Is there anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to ?
As always, I’m shouting out to my Ohana! I love them more than words can describe and am INCREDIBLY grateful to be fighting for them every single day. I also would love to thank all my friends and supporters who’ve been there with me from the moment MMA was a twinkle in my eyes and helped to nurture this dream to reality. I have an IMMENSE amount of gratitude and humbleness for all of them! Haters included! I’d last but certainly not least, like to thank Sam Wojoceichowski for believing in me and helping be where I need to be in this crazy world of MMA. He’s been a great, great help! Also, SicChic Fight Gear for the epic apparel and support; and MyMMANews for ALWAYS giving us the greatest MMA news on the Planet, as well as donations towards my future success! I will work to forever be, the strong, genuine, humble, gracious, loving, badass fighter the world wishes to see.