In picking up her first pro MMA win over Jessica Zomcik in January of 2015, featherweight prospect Amy “Donkey Kong” Coleman not only was able to exorcize some demons from her amateur past, but also show how she matured after the transition.
“I had come off of two submission losses (as an amateur) and it kind of changed the game,” Coleman told MMAWeekly.com. “Something that happened in that fight was that I was able to control myself a bit more.
“I’ve always been a super-aggressive fighter, and not really been able to rein it in, and I actually got in there and felt super-comfortable and kind of slowed everything down and didn’t get ahead of myself. So those are big steps in the right direction.”
Having been a year and a half since her win over Zomcik, Coleman has been able to add more skills to her game to become a better-rounded fighter.
“I’ve had some time off for injury, but I don’t really feel like cage rust is going to come into play or anything like that,” said Coleman. “I’m itching to get in there and show a whole new Amy Coleman that nobody has seen before.
“I come from a Taekwondo and Judo background, so adding more Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai has made my game more complete. I’ve sort of developed into the style of fighter that I want to be instead of always trying to emulate other people.”