Doing things in an unconventional fashion seems to be the way of things for female strawweight prospect Corrie “Psych” Ward.
Coming not from a combat sports background, but rather softball to MMA, Ward spent 2014 in the amateur ranks before making the decision to turn pro this year at RFA 24 this Friday in one of the event’s most buzzed about fights.
“It actually translated a little bit,” Ward told MMAWeekly.com of moving from softball to MMA. “I was a pitcher, so I know what it’s like when the pressure is on you and everyone’s banking on what you’re doing, so that’s helped with the pressure of being in the cage.”
For Ward, making the decision to turn pro this year comes after a lack of competition at 115 pounds in the amateur ranks.
“In Arizona there’s not a lot of strawweights, so the biggest reason was we couldn’t get a fight,” said Ward. “I feel like I’m ready for it. I’d rather fight better fighters than the ones that just don’t have any technique. The opportunity was there, so we took.”
At Friday’s RFA, Ward (0-0) will face fellow pro debutant Kali Robbins (0-0) in bout that features contrasts in many areas.
“I think I’m considered the underdog because she’s from such a big gym,” said Ward of facing Robbins. “It’s striker versus grappler, my small gym versus her big gym and I think a lot of people are banking on her to win.
“I like to put on a show. I think striking is something that a lot of people like to watch.”
On a card full of veterans and up-and-coming talent, it’s Ward’s bout with Robbins that’s gained a large amount of social media attention.
“I’ve gotten a lot of followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so it’s really cool that people are into it, especially with it being a debut fight,” said Ward. “I think the hype is going to be worth it and we’ll put on a good show.”