Ashlee Gambino is by definition a "Fighter on the Rise"; she has yet to make her fighting debut, but is eager to get in the cage. This is what we've prided this website on, providing support to those following their dreams. Ashlee would've been fighting already, but during training she tore her ACL and was sidelined for quite some time. She is almost ready to get back to full-time training and she has already grown a pretty decent fanbase awaiting her arrival to the sport. Keep an eye out for Ashlee "Mob Wife" Gambino!
Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)
I grew up in North Hill Akron, Ohio. I'm the oldest of 4 and the only girl. I've never really been a girly girl… When I was 11, I learned how to drive a 4-wheeler and shoot a gun.
It was rare in Jennings Middle School to have a week go by without at the very least one fight. Our 6th grade class set the record for most suspensions ever in a year. I never got in any of those fights though. I was never a part of the 'popular kids' in school. I had just a few friends and mostly kept to myself.
Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?
I played volleyball in junior high. I didn't even make the team at first, but I wanted to play anyway so I kept coming to practice even if they wouldn't put me in the games. After about 2 weeks of practice I was on the team!
What is your favorite child-hood memory?
Out wrestling the boys in the neighborhood… I would have them mounted and beating them up not even really knowing what I was doing at the time. I loved it, and was so good at it!
Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?
When I was a kid I ALWAYS had daydreams of viciously beating the heck out of people… but I never told anyone because I thought they would call me crazy..
Getting involved in MMA:
How did you get involved into MMA as a sport?
I've always been in love with fighting in general, and have been a big fan of MMA for a long time. Around the end of 2012, my boyfriend asked me if I'd ever considered being a part of the sport. I've always wanted to fight. Until he said something to me, I had never considered even being an athlete, let alone an MMA fighter. So I did alot of online research on WMMA and checking out competition. In the beginning of 2013, I started training and have been obsessed and on a mission ever since!
What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?
I started training in Boxing and Jiujitsu with my boyfriend. He started teaching me boxing on a punching bag. After I got the hang of it, I would be in the basement for HOURS alone hitting the bag to loud music pretending it was my opponent! That's how I started my stand up.
When we trained jiujitsu, we didn't have any matts, so we practiced in the living room floor or on the bed. It forced me to get really good with top control, having limited space and leverage didn't really allow us to open up with reversals and submissions. We worked with what we had in the beggining!
At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?
I've felt it ever since I started training.. but after the first time I sparred in a cage.. I was just light sparring with the best fighter in the gym. Got dropped wth a liver shot. But, I knew I was meant to be there!
What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?
Anyone can get in shape and be fast or strong, but you mentally have to be there to win a fight.
You can have the best cardio in the world, but nerves will break it in a heartbeat.
Your body will always be sore, and tired.. but to be successful, you have to push past what you think are your limits.
What gym are you currently fighting out of?
I'm not dedicated to a gym right now
What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?
Have yet to debut. I was training for my first fight and had to give it up when I tore my ACL and Meniscus.
Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?
My name is MobWife. It suits my personality.. and not in a 'TV MobWife' kind of way. I've never really had a nickname before, but my boyfriend always kinda called me that. Nobody else has it. It only made sence to keep it as my fight name.
If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?
When I start training again I'm going to bring myself to a new level and improve everything. I'm ready to fight, I want it more than anyone could possibly know..
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?
The submissions I've pulled off in rolling.. It's a feeling that's unmatchable. Specifically the very first submission I set up and took steps to finish, a Kimura. Most of the submissions I've pulled off were spontaneous, I see the opportunity and take it. But once I was able to take steps that I plan out in my head to earn a submission, it brought my game to a whole new level!
Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?
I've learned that body shots are personal. One of the first times I was sparring, I finished a girl with a body jab and it made me realize how important they are.
If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?
Confidence is key! Never hold back, it will stop you from your full potential!
Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?
I want to thank everyone who has supported me, all of my fans, and especially my manager/boyfriend Trap Gambino for helping me get to where I am today.
What are your goals for the future in the sport?
One of my biggest goals is to own a gym one day! But my ultimate goal is to be the best Mixed Martial Artist of all time!
What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?
The sport has evolved so much since it started, and is still growing exponentially! I feel it has the potential to become the greataest sport in the world one day.
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?
I think that people with long hair should be required to have it securley tied back somehow. It's a distraction, not to mention a hazard to eyes, or it could get in your mouth (trying to breathe with hair down your throat..)… eww!
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I'm 33 and I see myself happy and successful with an establised gym
I love steak !! .. and fruit!
Favorite type of Music:
UFC 100 the DVD does that count!?.. It's an amazing event and the first one I ever saw live!
Favorite TV Show:
When I was a kid, I was in love with Dragon Ball Z.
"Refuse to see beyond the lines, you'll go blind" -Smoke Serpant
Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:
No I don't have any kids, but I love them! I want a kid/kids one day.
Best day of your life:
When I realized I was a fighter.
Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:
Before I wanted to fight, I wanted to be a veteranarian. I love animals and know alot about them, specifically dogs.
I love fighting, watching fights, sparring, Jiujitsu! I love dogs, swimming, writing, drawing, fires, taking pictures, learning new things ..work outs, studying fights and jiujitsu, .. did I mention fighting?
Who is your favorite super hero and why?
The real life superhero by my side every day, Trap Gambino. He can do anything he sets his mind to.. He's my perfect man!
Facebook Page/Fan Page: Facebook.com/AshleeGambino