Just a few years ago, women’s 135-pound newcomer Maureen “Baby Face” Riordon had never been involved in any athletic endeavors, and now within the span of three months, she will have not only made her pro MMA debut, but also her pro kickboxing and boxing debuts.
As she explained to MMAWeekly.com, the opportunities just came at the same time and she didn’t want to turn them down.
“When we were looking into making my pro MMA debut, Glory was coming in (to Colorado) at the same time, so we were able to get that offer and based on my performance there, Nordic Coliseum Boxing called and offered me the co-main event feature on the first all-female all pro boxing card,” said Riordon. “A week later the RFA offered me a multi-fight contract and we took that up as well.
“I love to compete and love all three disciplines. I would rather fight in any discipline available than sit and twiddle my thumbs waiting for something to happen.”
It’s no coincidence perhaps that everything was accelerated because of Riordon’s performance at Glory in May where she scored a knockout victory over Brenda Rodriguez.
“The first round went slow and was not me at all,” said Riordon. “We went out 30 minutes earlier than I was supposed to be out, so the first round was my warm-up.
“Round two, it was a back and forth and I definitely felt like I did well in it. Round three, I found the button that worked on her and was able to finish it off with a three-punch combo that ended up knocking her out.”
“All of Marion’s wins have come from knockout and all my amateur MMA wins come from knockout or TKO as well, so I think it’s going to be a very exciting fight,” said Riordon. “Obviously I’m going in there prepared to face somebody who can pack a punch, but I’m well aware there’s more to her than just knockout potential.
“I’m going in there well-rounded and because I compete in everything, that’s kind of what I do, so we’re always focusing on that.”
Riordon looks at the RFA as not only a great place to make her pro debut, but also a promotion that could help build a solid foundation on which she can base her future.
“I think it can do huge things,” she said. “The RFA is a sought after card and those top promoters take notice.
“It’s very important to the RFA that their fighters succeed, whether it’s with them or going beyond, you see them supporting that. I think that’s great and in itself what will do the most for your career in the long run.”
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