Australian fighter Bec “Rowdy” Rawlings has thus far had seven wins and four losses in her MMA fighting career. At 5’6” tall and 116 pounds, the 27-year-old strawweight fighter has one win by KO/TKO, four by submission, and two by decision. She’s nimble and fast, avoiding the vast majority of takedown attempts and a good percentage of strikes, as well.
To train for her fights, Bec wakes up early for fasted cardio before her morning practice. During her morning sessions, she’ll train kickboxing drills, sparring, wrestling, and/or other fighting techniques. It all depends on what day of the week it is and what she needs to focus on. Later in the day she’ll either work on mitt work with her coaches Eric Del Fierro and Miguel Reyes, or she’ll work on strength and conditioning. She wraps her training days up with lower-intensity slow cardio so that she can burn fat and break up lactic acid in fatigued muscle groups.
Where does all that dedication for training come from? She started fight training to lose weight and fell in love with it. She became pregnant shortly after she started training in 2010, but that didn’t stop her from doing her first professional fight just nine months after giving birth in 2011.
Since then she’s gone on to fight the Invicta FC strawweight championship, facing up against Carla Esparza. She’s still working hard on her technique, and her favorite grappling technique is the armbar. Her favorite striking technique is boxing.
So far in her career, Bec has had four first-round finishes – two with armbars and two by RNC – and she continues to improve her strength, endurance, speed, and technique to become an even better fighter in the future. The first five years of her professional career have brought a lot of success Bec’s way, and you can expect to see even more in the future as she continues to train hard and put in the work.