Friday, November 12, 2010
Autumn Richardson juggles two kids, college classes and Army National Guard duty. This Friday she squeezes in a mixed martial arts main event in Las Vegas against a two-time Olympian and bronze medal winner.
The 27-year-old Murrieta resident acknowledges that she’s entering her biggest fight as an underdog. But that doesn’t daunt her one bit.
"I’ve been fighting since I was a kid. I’ve knocked some guys out. I’m vicious," she said in a recent interview. "If I win, it pretty much opens the door for me to go pro."
Win or lose, Richardson has scored the admiration of sponsors and fellow fighters as she prepares the combination of kicks and punches she plans to throw against her judo champion foe.
"She’s very photogenic, a wonderful mother and tough as nails," said Tom Casey, a Rainbow resident whose Fight Legends Clothing brand sponsors Richardson. "This is a great opportunity for Autumn."
Richardson, a single mother, has banged and bumped her way to Germany and Kosovo and back as part of her service with the Army and, more recently, the Army National Guard. Along the way, she became the first female soldier to compete in a Fort Sill combative tournament and was picked as a soldier of the year in Germany.
To read the entire interview click here
Posted by Non Stop WMMA at 3:57 PM