Charisa Sigala's journey into combat sports began at an early age. The now 36-year-old mother of three, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, learned to defend herself using various martial arts techniques which would eventually lead to her earning her black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Now as a professional mixed martial arts competitor with a record of 4-2, Sigala ventures into the world of bare knuckle, competing on the largest stage of them all, Bare Knuckle FC's "KnuckleMania" on February 5 in Tampa, Florida.
"Too many girls are vulnerable when they are younger," Sigala said of her early life lessons.
"I never wanted something to happen to me so I learned martial arts."
With her oldest child now an adult and two teenagers at home, Sigala's opportunity to compete has never been greater.
"I don't think she's seen any of my fights," Sigala said in response to Starling's recent interview with BKFC. Starling has stated that she believed Sigala to be more of a ground fighter, a jiu jitsu player who competes in MMA.
"If she wants to think I'm a BJJ girl, that's fine," Sigala said. "Even when you look at my last fight against Stephanie Frausto, I was standing up. I wasn't on the ground and I was wining on the feet. That's all I've been working on. I will never give up. I've seen a few of her fights and she certainly gives up. That's the difference between us."
Sigala continued to express her interest in bare knuckle, stating that it wasn't too different from fights on the mean streets of California.
"We've all been younger and got into a few fist fights," Sigala said. "I know what a fist to the face feels like."
That desire to compete is what keeps Sigala's momentum moving forward. She attends two different schools to continue her education, works as a retail manager, earned her BJJ black belt, trains, and still finds time to be a dedicated wife and mother.
"I will go against whoever David Feldman (BKFC President) wants to put me in there with," Sigala said.
One of those possible future opponents could be former UFC star Paige Van Zant and or Britain Hart. Those two ladies meet in the main event at KnuckleMania, and Sigala will be watching with a close eye.
"I see Paige winning that fight," Sigala said. "She has a boxing background. From knowing her background, I see her having the upper hand and getting the win."
Headlining “KNUCKLEMANIA” is the Highly Anticipated Debut of Combat Sports Superstar Paige Van Zant facing Britain Hart in the featherweight division. Co-featured ‘Brutal’ Johnny Bedford clashes with Dat ‘Be Dat’ Nguyen for the BKFC Bantamweight World Title. In a special attraction fight Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben battles Quentin ‘The Hero’ Henry in the 205lb. division.
Advance tickets for the socially distanced event starting at $55 may be purchased through the RP Funding Center Box Office, by phone at 1- 888-397-0100, and online at www.rpfundingcenter.com.The RP Funding Center is located at 701 W. Lime Street in Lakeland centrally located in Florida between Orlando and Tampa off Interstate 4. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00 p.m. ET with the first bell at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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