MMAGOLD, a maturing team out of El Dorado Hills, California, will deposit two of their women warriors into the latest edition of Invicta Fighting Championships (IFC), IFC 25, when the premier, all-female organization invades Tachi Palace on August 31, 2017.
The value of MMAGOLD will spike into the black when Shaianna ‘Yaya’ Rincon (1-0) and Ashley Medina (0-0) fly the golden banner before a live audience in Lemoore, California, as well as those around the world logged in to UFC Fight Pass.
Typically, Beauty and the Beast is portrayed as two characters, but Rincon personifies both qualities in one bantamweight frame: a poised, elegantly dimpled smile atop a muscular physique crafted to kill. In her first appearance with IFC, IFC 20, the twenty-three year old blue-chip bullied Brooksie Bayard around the cage for fifteen minutes. Leading into IFC 25 against Courtney King, which will be her first time competing in the featherweight division, Rincon informed James Lynch on The Parting Shot Podcast (link here) that all her eggs have been placed into one prizefighting basket. She stated, “I got a part-time job at Target that turned into a full-time job, and that was just draining. I actually just quit that job and am now full-time fighting, training six-hours a day. It’s amazing; I love it.”
A fresh atomweight face in IFC’s playground will be Ashley Medina. With a head full of big, brown curls and dreams of greatness as an elite mixed martial artist, Medina kickstarts her pro career opposite Jillian DeCoursey, a fellow debutant. Interestingly enough, DeCoursey owns twice the belts and experience at the amateur ranks than Medina, but those tangibles don’t even add up to half of the motivation that fuels her day-in and day-out competitiveness.
As the women of MMAGOLD continue to garner interest under IFC’s bright lights, the promotion’s executives will feel as though their investment is paying off.