#GirlsWhoKickAss — Megan Morris, MMA Fighter
The first instalment of my #GirlsWhoKickAss feature brings you an amazing female from my home town. Megan Morris is only 19 years old but has already started making her mark on the Mixed Martial Arts scene, with 2-1 record and more challenges to face.
I went to meet her at Blackburn Predators, the MMA gym where she trains, and watched her in both sparring and groundwork sessions. I could've watched her all day, she was ridiculously talented and mesmerising to watch. Her quick reactions and devastating blows made sure that even her most out-sized opponents were no match for her.
I chatted to Megan her lifestyle and what it's like to be a girl in the sport…
MMA isn't a sport people tend to fall in to. How did you find it, and what made you start training?
I got into MMA in August of 2015 after seeing a video of one of my Facebook friends Chris Price pulling off a flying arm bar. I thought it was pretty impressive so I messaged him and he invited me down to Blackburn predators. 2 years down the line Chris is my boyfriend and I'm 3 fights into my MMA career, fighting top girls.
What motivates you to keep up such a gruelling training routine?
I have 2 things that motivate me, my lovely boyfriend Chris and my desire to be the best. Chris puts so much time and effort into me, consistently believing in me and pushing me. I want to go all the way to the top and I'm so grateful to have such a loving and supporting boyfriend to help me.
Do you study or work outside of training at the moment?
Outside of training I study public services level 3 and am a waitress 4 nights a week.
As MMA features a lot of different martial art techniques, do you find you have a favourite specialist discipline?
I love all aspects of training, I'm better at some than others but I have no favourite disciplines.
So how does it feel when you stand in the cage before a fight?
When I enter the cage the fight it feels so right... like I'm meant to be there. It's scary don't get me wrong but I love every second. This sport is so addictive!
Weight cutting for fights is a huge challenge for most athletes. How have you found it so far?
My personal experience with weight cutting, not gonna lie... it was horrendous. The dieting was fine but when I got to the sauna I really struggled. It's one of the hardest things I've ever put myself through but it will never put me off fighting!
So is this a hobby for you, or are you aiming to turn it into a career?
I wanna take it all the way to the top! No hobbies here... this is my life!
How have your previous fights been judged?
I won my first 2 fights by unanimous decision and lost my latest fight via TKO in the second round. I could have won but I got rocked in the first and I lost focus.
After a win a celebration is definitely deserved — what's your favourite way to do it?
I celebrate by eating my body weight in pizza and Krispy Kreme donuts.
Do you have any heroes, or people who really inspire you?
My hero is Joanna Jedrzejczyk (current UFC women's strawweight champion). Her dominance in the cage is phenomenal and so inspiring! Much like Conor McGregor... his belief in himself and how far he has come in the sport is absolutely incredible. These two fighters really do amaze and inspire me every day!
As you can see Megan is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I've been so proud to feature her in the #GirlsWhoKickAss feature as I feel she is such an inspiration. MMA is a male dominated sport, but more and more girls are starting to join which is amazing. Megan doesn't bat an eyelid at the fact that she's training with a room full of guys — and that's how it should be.
I know we'll all be hearing much more about Megan in the near future.
Thanks for letting me feature you Megan, I wish you the very best of luck in your career and will be definitely keeping an eye on your rise to fame!
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Photography by Scott Cross