by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
At this past December’s Strikeforce show in San Jose history was made when Elaina Maxwell and Gina Carano became the first female fighters in the promotion’s MMA history.
In one of the most entertaining fights of the year Maxwell and Carano fought to a close decision that made stars of both participants. Now just over a month later Elaina Maxwell returns to action on February 10th at Strikeforce: Young Guns, taking place at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.
Before Elaina gets back up into the cage she is featured, along with Gina, on the most recent edition of MSNBC’s “Warrior Nation” four-part series dedicated to MMA.
“I haven’t seen it yet, so I’m really anxious and excited to see it,” said Maxwell of her episode. “I had a really good experience with the film crew and MSNBC overall, so I think it’s going to turn out great. I think the first two episodes turned out great and that Mixed Martial Artists are really going to appreciate the series.”
For the most part the series has reflected positively on the fighters featured so far, including Urijah Faber, Enoch Wilson, Erin Toughill and her husband Clark Bevans. When it comes to how she feels she’ll come across on her episode, Elaina feels her fun-loving personality will shine through.
“It was fun getting to know them, but being on camera the whole time, in light of the whole situation, I was pretty goofy,” said Maxwell with a laugh. “Even though the day before weigh-ins and the day of weigh-ins, getting myself ready for battle, I was pretty relaxed.”
Elaina added, “People will get to learn a little bit about my personal life, friends and family, so overall I had a good experience and I can’t wait to see it.”
While the “Warrior Nation” episode focuses on Maxwell’s last MMA fight, it’s her upcoming one at Strikeforce: Young Guns that has her undivided attention.
“My opponent is Michelle Maher, I fought her in August at the [Warrior Cup in the] Stockton Arena and she wanted a rematch, so I’m giving her a rematch,” commented Elaina. “I’ve been training double days for this fight, so all my energy is dedicated to this fight happening on February 10th.”
Being that her fight is a rematch, Maxwell was asked if she expects the same from this fight as she had experienced in the first fight five months prior.
“I’m going to take her like a brand new opponent,” explained Elaina. “I’m not going to think about the fact that I’ve already fought her.”
“Between fights we can become more evolved, seasoned and polished, so as far as I know she could have been training since August and becoming a better fighter. So I’m just going to take it as a brand new fight and I’m looking forward to it,” continued Maxwell.
Elaina’s upcoming fight for Strikeforce is just the beginning of what could be her busiest year to date.
“I try to look at it only one fight at a time, but I do have something coming up quickly after this fight and then I’m looking forward to Strikeforce on April 20th,” proclaimed Maxwell. “Then also there’s the National US San Shou Team Trials in July for the World Wushu Games, which will probably be in Asia later this year.”
With a bright future across multiple sports, Elaina is certainly a name to look out for in 2007 and beyond.
“I want to give a shout out to my sponsors: Dr. Omura at the SCORE Clinic in San Jose and also KNOXX Gear,” said Maxwell. “I’ll be on Cage Side Live! on February 8th at 10PM Eastern, I think Cung Le will be on the show that night as well.”
“Young Guns I think it will be a great card. They’ll have about 13 fights and even though we’re all young fighters, we’re all seasoned and have extensive amateur backgrounds, so there should be some great fights. For my fight I will put on the best show possible and do my best to make it the Fight of the Night,” concluded Elaina.