I am a woman and I fight for the United States of America. The hardest fight I’ve ever had feels like it has been going on my entire life. It’s the fight to compete in “male sports” as a woman – from my days playing varsity high school football to fighting in college and on the amateur circuit. But I am strong. I have a fighter’s mindset, which is the same mindset found in every strong woman. I never quit no matter how much it hurts. I push until my body physically can’t move anymore. I know that if I work hard and keep trying, I will ultimately gain respect and succeed. I don’t want to be praised for being a woman fighter. I want to be praised for being a good fighter.
I compete because it’s what I love to do. I love being in the ring. It’s the most amazing feeling to have over 2,000 spectators watching you and embracing your ups and your downs. I’m proud to be a United States athlete and I look forward to taking it to the next level.
In the end, though, winning the fight is really about using my sport to build a strong inner self.