California MMA fighter Pauline Orozco said on Sept. 30 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she’s hoping to return to the cage in November, just four months after completing her amateur debut.
Orozco, 32, is one of the fastest-rising stars in “The Golden State,” thanks to her model-esque good looks and fan-friendly fighting style. Despite being busy training for her upcoming bout, she was kind enough to take a few moments from her schedule to discuss what’s been going on in her life.
Here’s what she had to say:
Q. For people who are unfamiliar with you, what can you tell us about yourself?
Orozco: I am 32 years old, have been training for about three years now out of Colibri in Anaheim, Calif. I am a married mother of three crazy kids who all compete, as does my hubby.
Q. You recently completed your first cage fight. How did it go and when will you be fighting again?
Orozco: I just finished my amateur debut fight at Santa Isabel Casino with Cali Cage Wars, went all three rounds, toe-to-toe and ended up losing by decision. I should be fighting in November again, maybe the same card but most likely through CAMO.
Q. You have very marketable good looks and a friendly personality. Do you use that to your advantage in your fights?
Orozco: What people should know is I am a super happy person. It sounds weird but most don’t target me or categorize me as a fighter. I was labeled the ‘pretty one’ this last fight but proved at least to myself that I deserve to be in and fight in the cage. It is my heart, my passion.
Q. Some fighters like to hype their fights with trash talk, while others feel that stuff sets the sport back. What approach do you take?
Orozco: I have no desire to hate my opponents before or after a fight or tournament. Not everyone should be your enemy. There is no room for hate or malice feelings in me, its a sport and a dangerous one at that. I respect anyone who has the balls to step in the cage win or loose its not easy at all.
Q. Do you prefer to stand and bang, or you’re more of a submission ace?
Orozco: I train six days a week have a purple belt in Kaito Gakko/MMA, I prefer to stand up and fight but am super comfortable on the ground as well. It can go either way and I will adapt to it.
Q. Have you done any other fights or tournaments besides your recent ammy MMA bout?
Orozco: Prior to my fight I competed in local submission tournaments and Pankration fights, where I have placed everywhere from 1st to 3rd. Which only allows me to learn and get better.
Q. Why do you fight?
Orozco: I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world. I look forward to the blood sweat, tears, pain and work that I am putting in. I fight for me, my biggest competition is myself I am my own worst enemy but it drives me to succeed. Win or lose I will continue to do what I do and show my kids that quitting isn’t an option!