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My First Fight: Sarah Moras

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Everyone—or almost everyone—loves a good origin story. From the New Testament to the neverending deaths of Bruce Wayne’s parents and Peter Parker’s uncle, we’re fascinated by the catalysts, epiphanies, and pivotal moments that make people who they are.

With that in mind, Fightland has started talking to our favorite professional and amateur fighters and enthusiasts about the first big defining moment that started them on their martial arts journeys. Whether it was their first sanctioned bout, their first sparring session, or even some random scrap on the street or playground, when did these future warriors first realize that combat was something that they wanted to—and could—do?

In today’s My First Fight, we talk to UFC women’s bantamweight competitor and The Ultimate Fighter 18 alumna Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras about taking up jiu jitsu… and stepping into the cage less than a year later.

Sarah Moras was an 18-year-old trying to figure out what to do with her life until she was old enough to pursue her dream of becoming a forest fire fighter when a man that she was dating told her that she should give Brazilian jiu jitsu a try.

“He was like ‘Oh, come check out a class!’ And he drew a map of how to get to the gym. So went to the gym… and he wasn’t there,” the Kelowna, British Columbia native laughs. “So I got partnered with someone else and I learned an armbar and a triangle and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. That was basically my first day. After my first class, I knew that I would be in this for the rest of my life.”

Moras immediately started scheduling her whole life around training. “I had a full time job at the time. I went back to my boss the next day, ….View full article