Posted March 9, 2014 by Paul W in News

UFC to welcome its first cutwoman

It’s not an easy road to make it to the UFC; long hours, sacrifices and hardships are common themes.  Stepping under the bright lights is surely an accomplishment to be celebrated and deserves a measure of recognition. Look for Swayze Valentine, the UFC’s first cutwoman, at UFC 171.

Swayze Valentine has been getting some well-deserved attention recently for her accomplishments in corner work. Specifically, she is the first cut-woman in the UFC. Her journey to get where she is today was an arduous one, filled with years (about 3 of ‘em) of working for free, and at personal financial loss to learn her craft (she paid to fly around the country to multiple gyms to learn how to wrap hands correctly). Once she became an official, licensed second, the sport was still throwing her curveballs in the form of fighters, managers and coaches unwilling to accept her position.

Find out more about Swayze at bloodyelbow and read her interview at Fightland.


Paul W