So I suppose for the first post I should tell you a little about who I am…
My name is Courtney and I’m a Mass Communications major at Wright State (please, no “wright state, wrong college” jokes) University in Dayton, Ohio. I’ve created this blog as an outlet for my writing, a way to keep myself on track for my ultimate goal…to be an MMA journalist.
Why MMA journalist? I’ve always wanted to be a journalist (except for that brief stint in 5th grade when I wanted to be an Egyptian archaeologist, but I digress) It’s only been in the last few years that that path became a little more narrow. Sure, I would be content reporting on car crashes on I-675 or how much everyone loves Bill’s Donuts but with print newspapers going the way of the dodo, I realized that it would be much harder to get that job.
In 2009, I started working at Dayton Mixed Martial Arts Academy more or less as a receptionist; answering phone calls, emails, and helping people who had questions about the gym. Mike Patt , gym owner and long time BFF of my dad, eventually convinced me to try out Muay Thai – I loved it. I trained at the gym for about a year and a half before school, my sorority (because yeah, I’m also a part of one of those) two jobs…life…got in the way and I dropped the gym. Fast forward two years later, I am back in the gym answering phone calls and emails but I am now training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ( for about 2-3 months now) and writing about all things local MMA: fighter interviews, gym profiles, pre/post-fight press releases, play-by-play analyses. I have done freelance work for GatewayMMA.com and Fightwire.net and am in the process of working with another MMA website.
Fact: I have never trained in MMA. (I DID however beat up this white trash girl at the bus stop after school…when I was like 10. Street cred?) However, my time in the gym has given me a few things: I’ve been able to see how guys train, talk to them about what they’re feeling/thinking before fights, what they want out of their gyms and training partners. I’ve seen the behind the scenes stuff of running a gym or a fight promotion. Nine times out of 10, if I’m watching a fight it’s with a group of fighters…I’m not the baddest chick in five counties, but I know enough to write about it pretty well.
So what kind of things do we have to look forward to here:
I plan on attending the AGC in Columbus (strictly as a spectator) on March 1 and the Arnold Classic the next day.
If you’ve come across this blog by chance (give me a chance – this is my first blog) feel free to give me any suggestions on posts, content, or things you’d like to see or know more about. If you’re here because you know me – still give me a chance – let me know what I’m screwing up or what you want me to write about.
So keep coming back for updates on my training, as well as martial arts/fitness topics both in Dayton and nationally.
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After writing this post I have everyone and their brother telling me I will never make a living as an MMA journalist – I know this! I’m not so naive as to think that this is a reasonable Plan A, and it’s not. I want to be a journalist, write news people want to read, but I know there is a market for MMA reporting and wherever I DO end up, I want to be the go-to person for that. All of the negativity recently surrounding my career choices is really discouraging – I don’t appreciate the lack of confidence or support, but I am not relying on anyone else to make a way for me, no one has before so I’ll continue to do it myself and be PROUD for that.