After over 10 years in the professional wrestling business, German standout “Alpha Female” Jazzy Gabert is making the jump to MMA fighting.
After claiming many titles worldwide in pro wrestling, it was a trip to Japan for the Stardom promotion that spurred Gabert to want to try MMA for the first time.
“I got booked as a pro wrestler in Japan in 2012,” Gabert told MMAWeekly.com. “The style of female pro wrestling is so much harder than anywhere else in the world. I wanted to step up my game and went to The CAVE MMA gym in Tokyo. From that moment on I fell in love (with fighting).”
As other crossover athletes into MMA and pro wrestling, Gabert has realized that while some things can be adapted from one discipline to the other, both sports still present their own challenges.
“I could build up a better stamina, got more skills in submission wrestling and got a higher tolerance for pain because of the MMA and boxing sparring,” said Gabert. “But wrestling and MMA are indeed two totally different sports.”
On October 15 in Potsdam, Germany, Gabert will step into MMA for the first time against fellow debuting Manuela Kuhse in a main card 185-pound bout at IFO Europe 3.
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“I respect Manuela, but in order to reach my next goal in life, she needs to get out of my way,” Gabert said. “My trainer (UFC veteran) Peter Sobotta prepares me for this fight the best way and we are optimistic that I will come out on top.”
Following her bout with Kuhse, Gabert is set on doing both sports, though she understands it’s not going to be easy.
“At the moment I will try to combine both, but I’ve already experienced that this is pretty difficult,” said Gabert. “If you prepare for an MMA fight, you need to be there 100-percent. Doing wrestling shows in between, I lose important training time.”
If possible, Gabert is hoping to get an opportunity to return to Japan and face one of RIZIN’s top stars in Gabi Garcia.
“I’m the only European who won a major championship in Japan for the No. 1 joshi promotion, so the Japanese fans know me as a strong fighter,” Gabert said. “If I accept this match, I will make sure that I give Gabi a good fight. I’m not going easily down like the fellow pro wrestler Lei’d Tapa.
“I want to say thank you for all the people who showed interest in my journey so far, and to all the people who support me. Thank you to my sponsors: MyProtein.com, MuchMedia.de, Aristrist.jp and most of all to Team Planet Eater.”