Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Julia Avila defeats Vikki Marlow

On Saturday, January, 5 at King of the Cage: "Future Legends 12" at Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

#26 ranked 135-pound fighter Julia Avila (3-0-0) defeated Vikki Marlow (0-1-0) by KO at twenty-one seconds of the first round of their 135-pound amateur MMA match.

Julia is a 5'7 twenty-four year old fighter from Bakersfield, California where she trains at Eric Nolan's Xtreme Kick Boxing and MMA and at Camarillo's Jiujitsu. She is coached by Bryan Travers, Eric Nolan, and Dan Camarillo.

Her other victories came against Shannon Reid who she knocked out in the first round and Marion Reneau who she defeated by unanimous decision.

I asked Julia what got her started in MMA here is her answer, "
I have always been an athlete and after college I figured fighting would be a good avenue to invest my spare time off of work. I threw the hammer and weight for the University of Notre dame and was very active in Santa Cruz with the studio workouts (Zumba, cardio kick boxing, body pump and self defense martial arts). I even ran a marathon for my 21st birthday instead of going out and "getting hammered." I've always been an odd duck and ridiculously driven to do what I set my mind to. I wanted to fight, so I found a place to do it. After being shuffled around for a year, someone took interest and noticed my talent and determination. Travers took me under his wing and I attribute any and all skill and my current path of success by his direction. Nolan has done amazing work with the technique of my hands (as shown through my MMA record and the record of my MMA teammates). Camarillo is a great instructor and has really taught me well on my ground game, again shown through my record in gi and no gi grappling tournaments.
Honesty, I don't have to be a fighter. I don't have to be on this diet, workout for 6 hours a day, stress about making weight, cry everyday the week of fights from nerves, be unbearably sore from workouts, compromise my "crazy 20s" to hit the gym, sacrifice two relationships and have a null love life (whomp whomp)... Nope I don't have to do any of these things. I am a geosciencist with my BS in geology and have a really good paying job, plus, I am a well rounded athlete that actively participates in centuries and marathons to supplement my fighting. So, why do I do this? Because, I want to be a positive role model for people, and it's been working... God has given me this opportunity to influence people of all ages, ethnicity's, sizes, and genders and I intend to fulfill His will to the best of my ability. That's why I fight.
I am just the girl next door, I snort when I laugh and I have a crazy obsession with pandas... Just don't put me in a ring."


  1. I saw the fight at KOC Future Legends 12 and all I can say is DAMN! What a psycho!!! Girl's going to go far in the sport!!