When a fighter is described as the “Female Wanderlei Silva” by King Mo due to her hard charging and aggressive style, I had to know more about her. Invicta FC Atomweight NicDali Rivera Calanoc began boxing at eleven years old as a way to emulate childhood hero Oscar De La Hoya. While waiting for Invicta to announce their next card NicDali is keeping herself busy. She will be stepping back into the cage to face Jen “Tink” Aniano at Battlegrounds MMA 5 in Tulsa, OK on October 3rd. Make sure to hit up her Facebook page or Battlegrounds MMA to get your tickets. Until then, check out my interview with this exciting and beautiful fighter below.
You started boxing at age 11. What made you decided to change to MMA?
My husband Travis Calanoc has done MMA for a long time n he was doing MMA and I fell in love with all the endless possibilities in MMA. Also in MMA you will NEVER stop learning n evolving.
Was it difficult to go from boxing to MMA?
Not really I only saw it as a challenge which is what I like bout it
What are your thoughts of future Invicta events being on UFC Fight Pass?
Love it !!!!!
Looking back, if you could have any rematch who would you want it to be with and why?
Felice Herrig because that’s a fight the fans would love to see but for my own personal reasons I like to rematch Amy Davis n Jessica Pene mostly Pene
Your husband has been instrumental in your MMA career. Is it difficult separating the sport and family?
It was at first but now we have it down pat. I know some people find it weird but if he’s coaching me I treat him exactly like one of my other coaches like I address him as sir n super respectful but at home it’s just us lol
I must ask. How did you get your fight name “The Night Queen?”
Because I knock ppl out ??
It says on the Invicta FC website you believe combat sports to be the highest form of human expression. Can you explain that?
Yes how much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight…
You have been modeling since you were a kid and then your infamous weigh-in video of your fight against Felice Herig, who always pushes the envelope with sex appeal. Do you feel sex appeal is important in the sport?
No I think people should just be who they are life’s too short to worry about other peoples feelings
Most embarrassing moment?
I don’t get embarrassed have u met my family lol
If you could have a superpower what would it be? I don’t know I want to be the Joker from Batman
What cheat food do you go to first after a fight?
It’s different every time last time I wanted a king burrito from Mr. taco lol
What do you like to do in your free time? Read, watch documentaries, read comic books, long board, paint and learn new things.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or shout out?
I’d like to give a shout out to babes of MMA n Sangre management n of course Shannon knapp! Please tell her on social media how much u want to see me fight again I’ve been training hard
I would like to thank Nicdali for allowing this interview. It was great learning more about her. Look for her in upcoming fights and the Invicta cage soon!
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