Exclusive| Invicta FC Spotlight: Katalina Malungahu
Katalina Malungahu is an up and coming fighter whose stock is quickly rising. At 2-0 she is already being heralded as a force to be reckoned with. She is currently being advertised to fight Ediane Gomes on the Invicta FC 3 card.
Invicta Fighting Championships will stream its highly-anticipated Penne vs. Sugiyama, world championship 14-fight women’s professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, live in its entirety and free of charge to a worldwide audience on the promotion’s website, InvictaFC.com, from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Below is our interview with Katalina:
Were you surprised at how quickly you have been labeled as a knockout artist?
I’m really not that surprised because before I even started fighting I made a statement to my trainers that I am coming in as one.
That trait runs in your family it would appear.
It was my uncle who trained me, but my dad was the knockout artist. His quickest knockout was a one punch. He fought the champion at the time and knocked him out with one punch.
I know you are training in jiu jitsu heavily now at Xtreme Couture. Have you seen the ratio of women training in BJJ increase?
With jiu jitsu it’s probably who you train with really. I train with Cris Cyborg regularly. She tells me that jiu jitsu is like a regular thing for her. There are places it’s like that for women. With women like her and her level of fighting training it attracts others to come in and train with her. In the classes I take there are about three to four women regularly.
Is it hard to find training partners then?
Not really. I don’t go in to the gym looking to just grapple with the women. If there are women grappling, great. I think I get better training sometimes with men anyways. The pro people know how to control and stay in control. There are lots of people with experience there and we’re not getting hurt because of that. I have never had a problem finding partners because of that. I always have my trainer, too. He’s always there when I need him. I used to work with Vinny Magalhaes and guys like that are a lot heavier, but I get a lot of the training I need from guys like that.
Training with Cyborg is pretty cool in its own right, but I think I remember hearing you wanted that fight pretty bad.
Cris is such a good person. When I met her I introduced myself and told her it will be such an honor to fight you I can’t wait. The last time we trained I talked with her and she mentioned some issues she was having with Ronda Rousey and all of that stuff. I just told her I have so much respect for you because I do. She has a lot she has to deal with at all times. Women all over the world are scared of her because she is that good. I looked at her and I did tell her that I looked forward to fighting her and beating her. She looked at me like I was crazy. It wasn’t a disrespectful look and I for sure wasn’t looking down at her. It’s just that this is a fight I want to happen because it would be a dream come true. I have told her all of this and she has a lot of respect for me. I am honored to train with her and I look forward to fighting with her. I have to focus on my next fight, but that is my goal
Fighting at 145 pounds compared to heavier men must make it easier to toss women at your weight around.
Yeah. One thing I do have is access to people who are a lot heavier than I am and a lot more skilled than I am. I am not a walking 145. Naturally I walk around 160 or so. I need to be strong enough to train with those guys. I think people expect me be to weak on the ground and that is certainly not the case.
Tell us a little about your past training with Jeremy Horn?
I worked closely with Jeremy and I am still close with him. That’s where I started. Any time he wanted to it would always be an honor to have him in my corner. I would love to have him corner me if the opportunity arose. I wouldn’t want to disrespect my trainers, but I would definitely welcome him to corner me. My MMA skills were put together there and I will never forget that.
So what happens on October 6 at Invicta FC 3?
I leave it all out there. I want to make a statement and show people I am the fighter that people say I am.
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