by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Bellator Fighting Championships on Tuesday announced that Angela Magana has been added to the promotion’s upcoming Bellator Season 3 Women’s Tournament.
Magana, who holds a professional record of 9-4, faces the toughest test of her career amidst the field of 115-pound tournament competitors.
“We are very pleased to add Angela Magana to the compelling list of 115-pound women competing in our Season 3 tournament,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “There is not an easy fight anywhere in this tournament and Angela should present a very tough fight for everyone she faces in this tournament.”
Hailing from a rough beginning in Los Angeles, Magana eventually relocated to New Mexico where she found a healthy outlet for her aggression in high school wrestling. She excelled, making the varsity team and later going to the State finals. In addition, Magana also holds an impressive amateur boxing record compiled through junior high and high school.
However, it wasn’t until she first watched the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme film “Bloodsport” that she became interested in martial arts. “I watched it over and over again,” said Magana “It wasn’t exactly MMA, but it sparked my interest and really inspired me to start training.”
Magana found a gym and started to hone her jiu-jitsu skills by entering numerous grappling tournaments while still using her wrestling skills as a base. 13 MMA fights later and Magana stands ready to face some of the best female fighters in the world in Bellator’s Season 3 Women’s Tournament.
The New Mexico fighter says she hopes for a re-match with undefeated fellow tournament fighter Jessica Pene, whom she lost to last September. Although she makes no excuses for the loss, Magana said it was the toughest weight cut of her life.
Magana is one of five announced participants in Bellator’s forthcoming Season 3 Women’s Tournament along with Japanese MMA sensation Megumi Fujii, 11-1 British tae-kwon-do black belt Rosi Sexton, 12-5 Seattle submission artist Lisa Ward, and 7-0 Southern California striker Jessica Pene. The tournament kicks off in August.
Magana currently resides in Farmington, N.M with her 8-year-old daughter, where she trains with Greg Jackson sister gym Team Four Corners.