FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John mixed martial artist Jamie Herrington will be making her professional MMA debut at a bout in Calgary next month.
Herrington will be fighting against Calgary-based Muay-Thai athlete Kelsey Andries at Hard Knocks 53 on January 27th at the Calgary Olympic Oval. Andries will also be making her pro debut during the match. She has never competed in MMA, but has a Muay-Thai record of 15-2, while Herrington has a 7-0 MMA record. Herrington says that Hard Knocks is one of the largest MMA promoters on the West Coast, and includes notable alumni including Olympic gold medalist and former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. Herrington says that though she was stripped of her title at the 2015 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation World Championships and banned by IMMAF of competing for four years, Hard Knocks is well aware of the decision and are not going to be recognising it. She added that she is both excited and grateful for the second chance to be able to compete in mixed martial arts.
Herrington has been training extensively for the past few months after signing with Warrior Strong in Grande Prairie. Since beginning training with the gym’s head coach John Stanley, Herrington says that she’s been steadily improving her stand-up game, as she is known predominantly as a ground-based fighter. While she has been travelling to Grande Prairie every weekend to train, she has also been practicing with other athletes in Fort St. John during the week. Herrington is looking for sponsorship to help her with training and travel costs in the lead-up to her professional debut, which will be broadcast on Pay-Per-View TV. Herrington can be reached via her Facebook page, or by email: [email protected].