Monday, March 18, 2013
Jessica Zomcik Interview
Photo 1: Shoot It MMA.com
Photos 2-3: Hex Linc Photos
Jessica Zomcik has long been one of the most popular fighters in Ohio and one of the most skilled as she can hang with the best standing and on the ground. Since switching to Evolve she has won an MMA fight and a boxing match. On March 30th she returns to the cage to face Jena Baldwin at NAAFS Caged Vengeance 13 in a highly anticipated female bout.
Q: Last fight, you beat Ashley Rickard by armbar. It was your first fight in almost two years due to injuries. With all that time off, how did you feel about your performance?
A: I trained so hard leading up to that fight. It took almost 8 months to find an opponent so I was constantly training for any opportunity to arise. I felt really strong at 140 for that fight, I felt very dominant and prepared against Ashley.
Q: You also recently did a boxing match. So with two fights since switching to Evolve, how has training there improved you as a fighter?
A: Evolve has taken my career to a new level, they have tremendous coaches and over 70 classes a week. The team is huge and there is always someone preparing for a fight which means I get great work everyday. With a specific coach for each discipline I have endless possibilities for getting better. Everyone is so willing to work with you, its really great at Evolve, I love my decision to move down here.
Q: You have Jena Baldwin coming up, what do you know about her?
A: She's an all around tough chick. I've seen her fight before and am impressed
Q: She has had two fights so far, how big of a role can your experience play?
A: My experience goes beyond MMA fights. As you stated earlier I had my boxing debut in January, and I've won over 30 medals in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. I believe my experience is the perfect match up for an outstanding fight.
Q: You do so much training with guys, does that aid you in a fight this this against a strong fighter?
A: Hell yea! I try to grapple the biggest and toughest guys in the gym first because if I can master them, then a female my size will feel like a peanut in comparison. I don't mind not being able to train with women because I don't train like a girl, I train like a man.
Q: You have fought a whose who of female fighters around here, fighters who each have their strengths, so does that give you any belief that there is nothing she can bring in to the cage that you have not dealt with before?
A: Agreed, except if she brought a rattlesnake in the cage. I don't know how to defeat those.
Q: Is there anyone you have fought that you would compare her to?
A: Trisha Barr.
Q: This is an incredible card with some of the most popular fighters in the area, does it mean anything special to you to be the only female fight on such a big card?
A: It is an honor to be showcased and I hope we put on a show for the fans
Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: My hand in the sky!!!!!!
Q: Any idea how active you wanna be this year?
A: Every three to four months would be nice, barring injury.
Q: Have you given any thought as to when you would like to turn pro?
A: When I and my coaches feel its time
Q: Before we finish, anyone you want to thank?
A: I want to thank my family and friends for their endless support, John Cook, Steve Traczyk, Mike Riedal, Ryan Madigan, Dave Rella, Doc Higley, Mike Wrobel and all of team Evolve,