As one of the very best female fighters in mixed martial arts for close to a decade, Tara LaRosa has faced a who’s who of the sport and has emerged victorious in all but two of her 20 career bouts. She will face Takayo Hashi in a five-round title fight for DaMMAge Fight League on November 24th.
After reigning over the 135-pound division, LaRosa dropped down in weight to 125 pounds in 2009 and now looks to solidify her legacy in a second weight class. As she trains for her bout with Hashi, LaRosa speaks exclusively with MMARising.com about her training, goals and future in the sport.
Tara LaRosa began her professional MMA career on April 13, 2002; losing only to the then-best female fighter in the sport, Jennifer Howe, in her first 19 fights. LaRosa’s résumé is without question one of the most impressive of any female fighter in MMA and she has beaten many past and present stars. The first and only BodogFIGHT Women’s Champion suffered her first loss in seven years this past May in a highly competitive rematch with close friend Roxanne Modafferi and now has her sights set squarely on defeating Hashi and capturing yet another title belt.