I lost a lot of judo matches because of points fighters. It was extremely frustrating for me.
When I looked at the state of women’s MMA, what I saw was that it was missing rivalries or anything theatrical about it. Everybody was trying to be Miss America, unwilling to go under any kind of criticism, and taking the safe answers. I thought I needed to do whatever I could to get attention.
I think that going on any reality show is not good for your mental health because you behave differently when you are being watched, and you constantly have an extra bit of awareness of what’s going on all the time.
People say this all the time and everyone, like, nods their head and is like, ‘Oh yeah, totally,’ but no one ever does it, including myself. I can do better at it, is just drinking a lot of water, like a gallon and a half, two gallons a day, like, straight water all day.
In MMA it’s a lot less intimidating because it’s not like you get one shot at a title every four years. You get a title shot every couple of months… With the Olympics, you don’t always have this, so there is so much more pressure involved.
Where is women’s sports prominently displayed with the men? Tennis is the only thing I can think of.
Being an athlete, you try to get protein.
I was always pushed to do that much more, and in the long run that made me more of an MMA fighter. My mom always told me that if I let it go to the judges, I’d lost. There was no way I was going to win a decision, so I had to find ways to finish the fight fast.
I had to learn to take my time in MMA, and I was just able to keep a clear head.
If I could have had everything exactly the way I wanted, this is how I would have written it down. Win all my fights in the first round, then go to the UFC and headline a show, and have it as a pay-per-view and at home. People’s dreams don’t come true like that.
At home, I watch fights and documentaries – that’s it. If it’s not about the birth and death of stars, ‘Frozen Planet,’ or someone getting punched in the face, I’m probably not watching it.
For me, MMA is like speed chess. It’s like I’m herding a person into a certain position. Say my endgame is an arm bar. I’m not gonna actually take you and put you there. What I’m going to do is convince you that it’s a good idea to move in the direction I want you to go.
The style I have in judo is very unique… One big advantage a judo player has is they have very good posture and – like, wrestlers, they show when they’re about to do a take-down… which judo players don’t, and so I kind of incorporate the boxing style with a judo grip and finishing that way.
Reality TV is set up to make people entertaining. A good person with values and principles is not good television.
I had a certificate that said, ‘Doctor of Mixology, Harvard University,’ that I actually got from Harvard University. A friend of mine was a research assistant over there and it was one of those student or university perks and she brought me in on that. So I am a doctorate from Harvard and it only took me one afternoon.