Philippus – Courtesy Jerry Shavez
Philippus Saturday with Friends and Family
It’s never easy to be a female and a fighter. Besides the social taboos that goes with the job, a lot of fighters have to balance family, training, and work. This year in particular seemed to have spurred more fighters to take time off to become moms.
It was more than fitting that Jessica Philippus, after only just giving birth to her daughter Kamilla in January, won Saturday night in what will be her last amateur bout before she turns pro at Invicta 2 in July. Philippus also has a son Robby, jr.
Michelle Waterson was also successful when she returned to action this past January after giving birth to her daughter Aryana in March 2011.
We are hoping Cindy Dandois will follow suit as she gave birth to her daughter Nafi this past year.
Harrison & her family
Ould and her children
One new fighter mom in particular was the subject of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant. Lindsey Harrison out of the Reno Combat Academy was documented as she was coping with pregnancy and the thought of her fighting career being over even before it began. She is back in training and raising her daughter Aniyah while balancing school and work.
Harrison’s case isn’t that unusual. Several younger fighters have to balance all of that and more. Having a supportive baby daddy helps.
Many aren’t as lucky as her. There are several single moms that are fighters, including Michele Gutierrez, Michelle Ould, and LaTasha Marzolla. Each find ways to balance their time so they can spend time with their kids while still pursuing their passion.
Courtbey Drew (right) with mom Veronica & sister Penelope
Least we not forget those moms who are encouraging the next generation of fighters. Like Veronica Cardoza, the mother of Courtney Drew; or Sonia Cano, the mother of Aalijah Pineda. Both support their daughters as they work their way to promising MMA careers. They sacrifice time and money to make their daughter’s dreams come true. Despite what anyone would think about “a girl wanting to fight”, their moms believe and encourage their daughters to work hard and conquer the world.
The toughest job in the world is being a parent, and it just shouldn’t be one day a year in which we honor those strong women in our lives. A wonderful mix of kindness and toughness that helps their daughters and sons grow up to live healthy, successful, and fulfilled lives.
And remember – if you have given birth, you can take a punch!
Happy Mother’s Day from Wombat Sports.
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