Up until now, Angela Magana feels she’s been largely gone overlooked, but that’s about to change as she makes her NAAFS debut at Rock-N-Rumble 6 on Friday night in Cleveland.
“I think the problem in the past with my fights is that nobody’s been able to see them,” said Magana. “All these other fighters are getting a lot more press because their fights are being shown. I always put on a good fight and I know I’m going to do well, so this is a great time to shine.”
For Magana to even be able to compete in the NAAFS is something of a blessing, as earlier this year a car crash could have easily derailed her when it looked as if she might have re-broken her back.
Luckily, doctors determined that Magana had avoided that fate, but still, after being laid up in the hospital then later confined to a walker and a body brace, returning to fighting was no small feat.
“To be honest, for most people that would be really hard, but I had broken my back before and was in a much worse place than I was this time,” Magana told MMAWeekly.com.
“I decided to do a Greco roman wrestling tournament and competed two weight classes above (my normal one) against men and took first, so that was kind of my test to see if I had hurt anything and felt any pain, but I felt great and I’ve been training since.”
Magana’s return to fighting will not be any easier than her recovery, as she faces highly regarded 125-pound standout Jessica “Evil” Eye on Friday night.
“Anybody who’d look at her record and my record would say for me to take her down and submit her or work ground and pound, but I exchanged (standing) with Barb (Honchak) pretty well when we fought, so maybe I’ll work more towards standing up with (Eye),” said Magana.
“No matter what, win or lose, it’s going to be an exceptional MMA fight. Every fight minus one, I’ve always gotten Fight of the Night, even when I lost. All I know is that I’m going to fight my heart out and I’m really excited for the fight.”
Even though she’s an underdog and fighting on the main event of a televised show, Magana is not one to let her surroundings get the best of her. As she explained, “As soon as that person and I make eye contact and we’re in the cage, the whole world disappears.
“It’s just me and her and I don’t think about anything else. I’m in the moment at that point. I don’t see anything else or hear anything else and nothing else matters.”
Though she’s currently filming a documentary, Magana is more than willing to take fights anywhere she can get them as long as she has opposition willing to stand up and face her.
“I’d love to have more fights, but a lot of girls don’t want to fight me,” she said. “I feel a lot of people duck me because they only want to fight someone they’re certain they can beat; they don’t want a hard fight.
“I hope I can maybe have such a great performance that somebody picks me up for something else. I’ll fight anyone from 115 pounds to 125 pounds, as long as I get fights. (No matter who I fight or where I fight) the fans are going to get their money’s worth for sure.”
(Photo courtesy of Angela Magana)