In a sport dominated by men, Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras has proven that women can fight too.
Late last month Moras increased her combined mixed martial arts record to a perfect 5-0 with a victory over previously undefeated Julianna Pena (7-1) of Spokane, Washington.
Heading into the fight, Pena who was ranked 15th in the world amongst female fighters, had finished every one of her opponents. But then she ran into Moras, Team Toshido’s lone professional female fighter. Moras stopped Pena at the end of round two with a devastating armlock which broke Pena’s arm at the elbow, forcing the ringside doctor to stop the bout.
“I am so proud of Sarah,” stated Toshido MMA head coach David Lea. “Just like her teammate Rory MacDonald has already done in the UFC, Sarah is just a few fights away from becoming a household name in the sport of women’s MMA.”
Moras, 24, first began training in mixed martial arts more than five years ago, first taking it up as a way to stay in shape. Soon she realized she had a passion for MMA and began taking on fights. She moved from her native Chilliwack to England to train overseas, before arriving in Kelowna and taking up a spot with Toshido’s fight team.
“It’s a really challenging sport,” she said. “There is always something to be learned. You can never be perfect. I like to be the best at everything I do and I like the challenge. There is nothing I have come across that is more challenging than this.”
One of the challenging aspects of being a female mixed martial artist is finding opponents. As a sport, mixed martial arts is dominated by male fighters. Finding women that want to step into the cage can be difficult. Then you have to take in weight class and experience to find the right match-ups.
“A lot of shows really want women fighters,” said Moras. “We were the main event for my last fight. But there is definitely a shortage of female fighters. I’ve trained in a lot of gyms and there aren’t many females you run into that take it seriously.”
Currently the UFC doesn’t allow women to compete however according to Lea, the UFC’s sister promotion Strikeforce already has Moras on their radar and he adds that her recent win take Moras one step closer to becoming a top female fighter.
Moras’ next bout is tentatively scheduled for July 21 in Kansas City, Kansas, at the all female MMA promotion Invicta Fighting Championships.
To find out more about Sarah Moras or Toshido MMA checkout www.toshido.ca.