Fighter on the Rise: Cassie Crisano

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Getting to know Cassie Crisano

Another WMMA fighter I've been following for quite some time on the social networks. Cassie is a pretty laid back individual and always keeps herself busy in her career as a fighter, a mother and as a police officer. Cassie is definitely a leader and a role model with a huge following of fans that look up to her throughout primarily the states and in Brazil. Keep a look out for Cassie as she continues her fighting career and currently stands with a 2-1-1 professional MMA record!


Early Life: 

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)

I was born in Middletown, New York but I spent my childhood years growing up in a small town called Ellenville, New York.

Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?


Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey,  and Wrestling.

What is your favorite child-hood memory?


I was the first female wrestler to win a Varsity match against a male wrestler.


Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?

I went from wrestling novice to finishing second at the first women's national wrestling tournament in Albuquerque, NM, in the 138 lb. division.


Getting involved in MMA:
How did you get involved into MMA as a sport?

I wrestled for several years in high school and continued for several years thereafter on a recreational level.  I started training MMA in 2009 after I was involved in a shooting at work (police officer) where my partner was shot. It was my therapy to deal with the incident.


What discipline did you begin with?


At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?

I am one of those types of people where if I do something, I just need to get in there and do it to see if I like it.  So it was eight weeks after I hit the mats before I got into the cage but it solidified that yes that was something I wanted to do.

Cassie Crisano GnP

When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what what through your mind?

Hell yeah!

What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?


1.) If you want something done right do it yourself.
2.) Always go with what you think is right.
3.) Set goals and do not deviate from them no matter what if you want to make MMA a real carreer.


What gym are you currently fighting out of?

Brasil Fights

What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?


135 lbs. – Ammy: 4-1, Pro: 2-1-1

Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?


 “Crazy” Cassie Crisano. My Brazilian trainer, Joel “The Joker” Garcia, gave me the nickname.

If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?

Learning to multi-task because I manage to get a little backasswords. LOL

What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

Getting punched in the face at weigh-ins of an amateur fight by a former male UFC fighter.

Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?

Always trust in yourself, never deviate from what you want, never put your future in anybody else’s hands.

If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?

No hesitation! Just get into it, find an MMA gym, remain committed and have confidence!


Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?

Joel “The Joker” Garcia, Brasil Fights, Brasil Fitness, SOLO Core Training, HERBALIFE, Buonos, Bloodhound Industries, Amber Sports, Frank Besdnjak

Cassie Crisano handwrap

What are your goals for the future in the sport?


What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?

The sport has come a long way and is heading in the right direction.

If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?


The talent pool isn’t large enough

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Laying on the beach in the Caribbean

Fun Facts:
Favorite Food/Dish:

Pepperoni Pizza

Favorite type of Music:



Favorite Movie:


Favorite TV Show:

Law and Order


Favorite Quote:

“Determination, honor, pride and love have the power to create and destroy.”


Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:

Yes, I have children


Best day of your life:

When my children were born

Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

 I love to fish!

Favorite Hobbies:

Camping and fishing

Who is your favorite super hero and why?

Phoenix, she is able to overcome downfall and rise up from the ashes better off.


Email: ccrisanomma@gmail

Facebook Page/Fan Page: Cassie Crisano
Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries):
Joel Garcia (joelattusa@gmail)


Cassie Crisano victory


Full Bio on Cassie Casino (


Cassie Crisano Official Bio


Cassie Crisano was born on June 27th, 1980 in Middletown, New York. She spent her childhood years growing up in a small town nestled in the Catskill region of Ellenville New York. Crisano attended Ellenville Central School from Telemetry through High School, where she participated in numerous sports as a child. Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey, Wrestling… You name it, she played it… 

Her Freshman year of High School, Crisano joined the all male wrestling team. Crisano became the first female wrestler in Section 9 to win a Varsity match against a male wrestler other than by forfeit. She went from wrestling novice to finishing second at the first women's national wrestling tournament in Albuquerque, NM, in the 138lb cadet division. She was also the 138lb New York state women's champion and finished second at the northeast regional in Syracuse, NY. She posted an impressive 20-2 record against female opponents with her 2 losses coming up against the same opponent.

Crisano trained under Alberto Nieves in High School. Alberto Nieves is a 5x Puerto Rico National Champion, 2x Pan American Place Winner, 2x Central American Medalist, and 4x Puerto Rico National Champion in the NCAA division. EIWA Place Winner, NJCAA National Qualifier, present Head Coach of Springfield Technical Community College (2000-Present), MASS Freestyle Coach and co. owner of Wrestling Club. Crisano continued wrestling outside of High School competing in recreational tournaments in the East Coast.

In 2002 she was involved in a auto accident that almost ended her life but did ultimately end her love for wrestling. She defeated what was supposed to be the impossible and decided it was time to get back on the mats in November 2009.

The former wrestler has quickly made a name for herself in the martial arts world. She is not only widely recognized for her skills in the cage, but also for her beauty. Prior to turning pro in March of 2013, the East Coast bombshell was named the “Top Sexiest Amateur Woman in MMA on the East Coast”.     

Cassie Crisano was also recently ranked #3 on the list of “Top ten most chiseled bodies in women’s mixed martial arts”, beating out the likes of fighters like UFC Woman’s Bantamweight Champion Rhonda Rousey (Rousey was ranked #6 on the list). 

Crisano is a professional athlete that brings ethics and hard work to every challenge she faces. As a police officer, Crisano also clearly understands the importance of being a role model and always handles herself professionally both in and out of the cage.  

Jason Przewoznik is the owner of was created to provide a haven for up and coming Mixed Martial Artists to share their stories and their careers with the fans; Supporting ALL fighters on the rise in a not-for-profit community.
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