18-year-old Danielle Fuller of Newaygo, Michigan is busy working a full-time job and planning on attending college, but on December 29th, 2012, she stepped into the cage for an amateur mixed martial arts fight in front of hundreds of spectators at Leighton Hall in White Cloud, MI. She told me that she had never been in any type of fight before, not even on the playground or street, let alone a cage.

Despite her inexperience, she did pretty well against an equally inexperienced opponent, that is until she realized that her opponent's fist had broken her nose. At that point, Danielle decided to walk out on the fight despite being in control of the contest and perhaps seconds away from emerging victorious.


I asked her why she quit the fight when it appeared that she was going to win and she said she was "in shock" and believes she would have "passed out if the fight continued." She said it was the first time in her life that she'd ever been punched in the face and didn't know what that was like until it was happening.

I wondered, why would an 18-year-old girl want to fight, especially for no money? She said she enjoyed the adrenaline rush. She told me she wants to fight again, but admits she needs a lot more training. For now, she's waiting for her nose to heal.


I have to admit, it surprises me a little that people with no training or experience are even allowed to step into a cage and fight at an organized event. I would personally NEVER pay money to watch a bunch of jabronis fight, but to each his own. I'm also not a big fan of watching women fight, unless it's in a bar parking lot, includes heavy usage of the words "whore" and "slut," and features high-heeled combatants fighting over some scumbag that both fighters refer to as "my man." Those drunken catfights can sometimes be entertaining, but I'm just not a big fan of women's MMA, although I believe in their right to pursue happiness, even if it means destroying their looks by getting their faces bashed in.

I'd like to wish Danielle the best of luck in whatever she chooses to do in the future and I hope that if she ever does fight again, she'll stay in the fight even with another broken nose. She had the fight won and the nose was gonna be broken whether she finished or quit, so she might as well have finished! Maybe that's easier said than done, but if you don't have the eye of the tiger, you don't belong in a fight. - Shaffee