Elena "Baby Doll" Reid talks about her upcoming fight with Stephanie Palmer.
On her training...
"The thing for me is I don’t have to work on my boxing, but I love it so much and it’s been embedded in me for so long that it’s really tough not to do it. When I’m at pro practice, I definitely work on more wrestling than my standup, but on my own time, I will always work on my boxing. The focus is definitely more on wrestling and Jiu Jitsu."
On her boxing career...
"Boxing is my heart and will be forever, but it’s just kind of hard to go with it in the US. To me, it’s so many opportunity for girls in the US in MMA and business-wise, it’s just a lot easier to do MMA right now. And it’s a lot of fun actually. It’s like being a kid in a candy store. I’m learning so much new stuff right now. Boxing is still there. I leave all of my options open and if there is something that arises as far as me getting another title, I’m for it."
On her opponent, Stephanie Palmer...
"I know that Stephanie Palmer is from Alabama and she is very game and she is 0-2, but she’s fought tough girls. Watching the tape on her, I can’t really tell what she masters. I can’t even look up if she’s a standup fighter or not, but all I could tell is that she put up a good fight. I know I trained like a mad woman for this fight and I know it’s going to be an exciting fight with her and that’s what I love about the whole thing. Maybe we’ll find out what her strong points are; maybe she is just well-rounded."
On working with Kim and Randy Couture...
"Kimi and Randy are a blessing for sure in my life and they even helped with my boxing career funny enough. They have extended their hand and it’s so neat to see how much Randy supports women being in the sport and how much they want the sport to grow. Anything I need, they are there and their definitely people I can trust and are positive influences and role models in my life."
She talks more about the fight, her training and the difference between MMA and boxing in the full interview: