Though she had never had any fighting experience prior to getting into MMA during her transition to becoming a security officer for the sheriff’s department in 2010, Danielle “Dynamite” Taylor has quickly established herself as someone to watch in the women’s 115-pound division.
Since turning pro earlier this year, Taylor has won back-to-back fights, to which she attributes to her comfort with MMA during a lengthy stint in the amateur ranks.
“In my opinion, everyone should try the whole amateur scene,” she said. “Doing amateur fights, I gained experience, I learned a lot about myself, learned not to take things for granted and working hard. I think everyone should do amateurs.
“I had seven amateur fights, so I felt pretty comfortable and wanted to find what the next step had in store for me. My coaches felt I was ready for it, and we were both confident (turning pro) was the right route, so we went for it.”
Taylor (2-0) will look to keep her undefeated streak going when she returns to King of the Cage this Thursday in Highland, Calif., to face late replacement Nikki Lowe (0-1) in a strawweight feature bout.
“My coaches and I will look at video if it’s out there, but I always train hard for pretty much whoever they throw at me,” said Taylor. “I treat every fight like I’m going up against the baddest chick out there. I’m always pushing myself mentally and physically.
“I like to stand and stuff, but in this camp I’ve been working a lot more on my ground. People think I’m just a striker, but I actually came from a grappling background.”
Having started off her pro career on the right foot, Taylor is eager to continue her success and repeat an accomplishment she had at the amateur level.
“Hopefully I can go out there and win this, and it will take me one step closer to at least getting a title shot for KOTC,” Taylor told MMAWeekly.com. “I want to represent them and be their champion as a pro, as I was their champion as an amateur in the 115-pound division.”