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Returning to MMA at 41, Cindy Hales Wants to See How She Stacks Up Against the New Kids

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While it’s not uncommon for a fighter to have a year or more layoff from competition, for someone to come back to MMA after nearly eight years is fairly rare.

Having last competed in MMA in 2008, flyweight Cindy Hales will be returning to the sport this year, long after some of her opponents have stopped fighting altogether.

“The last time I fought was in 2008 against Fiona Muxlow, and before that I fought Megumi Fuji, and had made my debut a couple years earlier,” Hales told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve been constantly training and helping a couple other people train, and decided to get back into it.

“It’s kind of a long time coming. I would start thinking about it and would do something else. I already kind of doing the training I needed to, so when an opportunity came to fight, I decided to take it.”

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At the time Hales last fought in MMA, the landscape for the sport was much different, especially so on the female side of things.

“Being a little bit older, I’ve seen where the game came from, from where there was very little or no opportunities for a lot of people,” Hales said. “It’s cool to see there are more opportunities. It’s definitely different from when I was competing back in the day.”

When Hales (2-1) returns on Saturday in Tacoma, Wash., she’ll face newcomer Liz Tracy (1-1) in a 125-pound bout as part of Super Fight League America‘s Seattle VS Portland team show.

“I just kind of plan on sticking to what I do best and rely on my years of experience, but ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly