Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jenny Yum: Interview

On Sept 24th at the The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,
Tuff-N-Uff will be holding the final round of two women’s tournaments in the 125lb and 135lb divisions at their Future Stars event. Both tournaments started off on July 2nd with eight women in each division. Now down to two in each division, fighting out of Charlotte, North Carolina is 27 year old Jenny Yum.

Jenny has been training MMA for 3 years at Hard Target in North Carolina, where she is coached by Rob Hunter.
When I asked what her specialty was she said she is an all-around fighter, who trains equally on all aspects of MMA.

I asked her what made her want to become a fighter, she replied, "I joined MMA because I liked watching it on T.V. so I called Hard Target up, came in and started training."

Jenny fights in the 125lbs division and since she walks around at around 127lbs she does not cut much weight, which is always an advntage for a fighter.
She did also mention that she would consider fighting at 115lbs.

Her record is (6-1) and even though most fighter databases have her listed as (6-0), she was very forthcoming, when telling me about her only defeat, which by the way was her second fight and was taken on only a few days notice.

In Jenny's previous two fights in the tournament she has looked very impressive, on July 2nd at Tuff-N-Uff "Future Stars of MMA", she defeated Nicole Hess by unanimous decision.

Then on August 6th at "Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest" she became a YouTube sensation when she delivered the best spinning back fist KO ever seen in WMMA. The knockout has been viewed on YouTube over 23,000 times.

I asked Jenny about the spinning back fist and I was surprised to hear that she had never used the move in a fight before. She and her coaches had noticed that Lindsay Jones tended to move to her right and like they thought, she walked right into it.

In the finals of the tournament on September 24th, Jenny will face Stephanie Eggink, a former amateur boxing national champion. Jenny expects the fight to remain standing but says she is ready for anything.

As far as a future in MMA right now she is just doing it for fun and is not looking too far ahead, but did not rule out turning pro, especially as a amateur champion.

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