Saturday, December 1, 2012

Interview with Womens MMA icon, Elaina Maxwell

Training in the heart of Dublin, California at CSA Gym under trainer Kirian Fitzgibbons, Elaina Maxwell remains to be one of the best women's MMA fighters in the world today. I discovered Elaina when I watched her face Gina Carano on Strikeforce: Triple Threat and became a fan almost instantaneously.  
With her first title win in 2002 as a Gold medalist at the Born to Fight II, her professional MMA title win in 2007 as the Golden State Light Middleweight MMA Champion to her latest win in 2012 at the Resurrection Fighting Alliance, Maxwell is making many waves in the MMA world.


Elaina discovered martial arts when she fell in love with kickboxing. As an athlete, it was a workout trend and completely worked as an off-season workout. It was then that Elaina discovered her love for contact sports, as she loved the intensity and competitive environment. While finishing her volleyball career and pursuing her educational goals at San Jose State University, Maxwell made the USH! Fight Team in 1997. Since then, her career as a martial artist took off.

To Maxwell, martial arts consists of many different elements. When I asked her what martial arts she currently trains, she told me - "I currently train MMA, but since it consists of so many different elements, I practice boxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Strength Training, Conditioning, Clinch, and Running."

There is always a memorable fight. When I asked Elaina about the toughest woman she fought she told me "Sun Li of China". When I asked her why, she said "I fought her at the 2005 Wushu Sanshou World Championships in Hanoi, Vietnam in the finals. She captured the gold that night, as she won by decision. I walked away with a silver medal & from Sanshou that day. With every ending, there is a new beginning, so with that said...I discovered MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the next year. Since then, I have gone on to win titles in MMA, BJJ, and look forward to my return to the cage in early 2013."

Even the toughest women on the planet get intimidated and scared of a fight. When I asked Elaina if she has ever been intimidated or scared of a fight, she told me "Yes, but it is the fear that makes you perform."

Maxwell told me that her favorite MMA fighter is "Anderson Silva" saying "He is very humble yet very successful."

When I asked her what her favorite food was, she was not hesitant to tell me - "They call me BEEF for a reason. My absolute favorite food is steak, especially the filet." She went on to tell me - "I know red meat is hard to digest, so I eat it sparingly. Maybe once a week, along with dairy."
 
Is dieting during the holidays possible? I asked Elaina if she thought dieting during the holidays was possible. She told me "Yes, I believe in cheat meals." When I asked her if she followed a diet, she directed me to the "Dolce diet."


There are many women all over the world that struggle with their weight. I asked Elaina what tips she had for women who are struggling with their weight. She told me "Take one day at a time, write down what eat, weigh yourself the first thing in the morning and repeat this once a week. Believe in yourself and see yourself at your ideal weight. If you can dream it, you can achieve it!"

Outside of MMA, Elaina loves spending time with her husband. She said "My absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband. He is from South Africa, so there is always something new and fun to do in the Bay Area/Northern California."

We can appreciate the past and admire it for developing us into who we are today. I asked Elaina what her plans were for the future. She said "I plan on being the new Invicta FC Featherweight Champ in 2013 and look forward to spending the rest of my days with my new husband."

Elaina would like to thank KNOXX, Tussle, CSA, Gracie Fighter, Main Street Chiro, and my family, including her twin sister and her husband for all of their continued support, both in and out of the cage.

For more information about WMMA fighter and icon Elaina Maxwell, please visit:

http://www.elainamaxwell.com
http://www.facebook.com/elainabeefmaxwell
http://www.twitter.com/elainamaxwell
 

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Elaina Maxwell pioneered women's MMA. She's one of the most well rounded fighters to exist ever. She's also brilliant and beautiful too.

Anonymous said...

I love Elaina Maxwell! She's an icon and she's beautiful and brings so much to MMA. Most well rounded female fighter I think around.

Anonymous said...

Elaina clearly beat Miesha Tate.

Jeff said...

One of the most well rounded fighters in all of MMA.

Yup said...

BEEF's favorite food is beef! High five!

Anonymous said...

I love her!!! She is someone that I have had the honor to spend some time with. Such a positive role model for girls like me who have a dream

Anonymous said...

Always cheering for you!!

Anonymous said...

Elaina is gorgeous. I love her skin. Sarah, you need to do a separate interview just on her beauty tips.

Anonymous said...

Elaina is stunning and she kicks ass! Great combination! Sarah, best interview to date!

Anonymous said...

I love Elaina! She is an icon! Dana White needs to put her in the UFC!

Anonymous said...

@ 2:36 PM, they said Tate won via UA but, I think Maxwell took it myself.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see Elaina fight Ronda Rousey.

Frank Ramirez said...

Elaina is a icon in wmma, I have interviewed her 4 times on my radio show and always been a great interview with her, I know she can get that belt at InvictaFC for featherweight division! good luck Elaina, looks like I will be interviewing you soon

Anonymous said...

Elaina needs to be in the UFC. She pioneered women's MMA. She's the most well rounded woman and she puts up a good fight.

Anonymous said...

Carrano and Tate never even finished Maxwell. Maxwell clearly beat Tate. I am going to contact Dana White and tell him that he must have Elaina in the UFC. She's an icon!

Anonymous said...

LEGEND!

ELAINA said...

Wow! I'm flattered by all of these comments :) Thanks to all of you for your love & encouragement. I can't wait to get back in there & make you proud <3

Elaina