Undefeated ATH fighter Kailin Curran was recently signed to the UFC Strawweight division set to face Paige VanZant on the October 4th UFC Fight Night Halifax card. The Hawaiian transplant has been training out of Reign MMA with Mark Munoz and Jake Ellenberger after moving up earlier this year to pursue fighting full-time. The 23 year old, Kailin, will enter the UFC unbeaten with a professional MMA record of 3-0. This fight will be the third strawweight fight in the history of the Ultimate Fighing Championships and be her biggest fight to date. We caught up with Kailin to sit down and talk to us about the upcoming fight:
Does it feel real yet? How does it feel to finally get signed after working hard to accomplish this goal?
"It doesn't quite feel real yet, I think after my first official fight experience in the UFC cage things will start to really sink in! It feels awesome to know that after all the sacrifices my family and I have made to pursue this dream of mine. It's all paying off."
Can you tell us a little about your martial arts background and what got you into MMA?
"I wrestled from 7-12 grade started kickboxing at the age of 16 and by the time I was 18 I figured why not try MMA."
You are scheduled to face Paige VanZant, what do you know about your opponent and how do you match up against her?
"I know that she is tough, she has a 3-1 record and so as far as experience in pro mma we match up quite well! She's more of a wrestler so I'm looking forward to keeping the fight standing."
You recently moved to California to train at Reign MMA, what's your typical day like?
"I do different work outs mon-sat usually work out 2 times a day. We have a different schedule for each day of the week. Sometimes we add on sometimes I pull back depending on how my body is feeling. "
Do you have any major goals that you are looking to accomplish?
"I just want to take my fight career one fight at a time. Continue to work hard and let my work ethic speak for me."