Wednesday, April 11, 2007

MMA Women - Mayra Conde

MMA Women - Mayra Conde
MMA Women - Mayra Conde

Mayra Conde (born January 28, 1969 in Guatemala City, Guatemala) is a mixed martial artist, who has also competed in kickboxing, brazilian jiu-jitsu and bodybuilding.
Nickname The Strong Warrior
Height 5ft 4in (163cm)
Weight 158lb (72kg)
Born January 28, 1969
Fighting out of The Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club
Town of birth Guatemala City, Guatemala
Fighting style Brazilian jiu-jitsu, MMA, Kickboxing
Conde hails from Guatemala City, where she grew up on her grandparents' farm. She has spoken fondly of her time there in interviews, as well as citing her grandfather as "my source of strength". However, at the age of nine when her younger brother was born, Conde moved with her parents to Toronto, Canada, hoping for a better education.

Her early years as an immigrant were tough; "I was constantly picked on because I couldn't speak English and was very small". Conde proved up to the challenge, never failing a grade, and is now bilingual, speaking both her native Spanish and adopted English. While still at school, Conde got into sports drinks and nutrition through her father, which led to her becoming a bodybuilder at the age of 16. Her muscular physique proved useful when she moved into construction work after high school. Earning a living as a welder, she would later become a foreman.

In August 1998, despite having no previous grappling experience, Conde still won first place in the women's heavyweight division of Canadian Grapplers Challenge. She says the guillotine choke she bested her first opponent with "was a natural movement when she shot in on me...People asked me how long I had been grappling and I said that I needed to get started." Conde also retained her interest in bodybuilding; the pull of Venice Beach proved irresistible. She left Canada for California along with a friend, Olga Bakalopoulos, who would also become both a weightlifter and mixed martial artist.

California brought Conde her first taste of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, training at the Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club with such luminaries as Mark Kerr and Bas Rutten. Learning from them and another trainer, Marcus Vinicius, she would later fight in the US, Brazil and Greece, and was a part of the groundbreaking all-female Hook N Shoot Revolution promotion.

1st Place at the 3rd American International Championships, Grappling (148-160lbs) Light Weight Division, Carson, CA, 9 December 2001
1st Place at the 3rd American International Championships, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Women's Open Division, Carson, CA, 8 December 2001
1st Place in the US Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu CHAMPIONSHIPS, October 2001
2001 Bronze Medalist in the World Wide Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 26-29 )
Double GOLD Medalist in 1st World Wide Pankration Championships on 11 November 2000, Lamia, Greece
1st place winner in the Heavy weight & Open Division in the U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Santa Cruz, 5 November 2000
Winner in NHB Bout at the Mark "The Cobra" Hall's Cobra Challenge Federation, in Anza CA on 3 June 2000
1st Place winner in the California State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships, 26 March 2000
U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Heavy Weight and Overall Winner, Santa Cruz (White Belt), 5 November 2000 Won Cobra Challenge NHB fight, 6 March 2000
Women's Kick-Boxing Division Winner, September 1999
Women's Heavy Weight Grappler's Challenge Champion, August 1999
Winner by technical K.O. in Kick-Boxing Bout at the Bas Rutten Invitational in Littleton CO, 26 June 1999
Winner in NHB/Vale Tudo Bout at the 1st Bas Rutten Invitational, 6 February 1999
1st Place Women's Heavyweight Winner at the Grapplers Challenge in Toronto, Canada on 8 August 1998
Nite Magic Flexmania Ladies Overall (Bodybuilding), July 1996

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