Olympic Medalist Kaillie Humphries Says an MMA Career is Possible
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.13.2014
She's a bobsledder...
Kaillie Humphries, who won gold at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics in bobsledding, recently spoke with MMAjunkie following her participation in an open workout at TUF Nations Finale. Check out the highlights:
On a potential MMA career: "It's not something I considered until today. I know how much work and dedication it would take. I know I would have to give up bobsleigh to come do this full time and be able to perform at a world-class level."
On having a personality and look that fits with her talent to potentially make it in MMA: "That's what makes it a good fit is that it's believable. My image and brand fits with the UFC's image and brand. I would never do it just because other people want me to or think it would be a good idea – that's definitely not why I would do it. I know what it takes to be the world's best and you can't go in relying on anything but pure determination and sacrifice. It would take a while to reach the top, but I wouldn't want it any other way except for that."
On doing some MMA training at the TUF Nations Finale open workouts: "To train and be coached by the world's best was very cool. They broke the steps down and all the details and how to link them together. It was a lot more intense than I ever anticipated. There are definitely parts that I could supplement bobsleigh training with. It was fun and exciting, and that's the point of sports, so I would definitely look into something like that."
On having the right mentality for a fighter: "I think I could adopt that for sure. That's why it's so believable, because my image and brand is so fitting for a UFC fighter. I definitely believe I have the mental state to do this. Could I fit in? Definitely. It's just whether I would be able to sacrifice and dedicate as much as I know it would take to be the best."
On her plans to do some part-time training: "It will be great to supplement my bobsleigh training in the meantime. If I ever lose that passion and dedication for bobsleigh this is definitely something I would consider."