Positive Vibes, Professional Fighter: Erin McDougall

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Positive Energy from Erin McDougall

I met Erin via Twitter many years ago when I started KnockoutLounge.com, so was probably one of the first WMMA (and overall MMA) fighters I've followed. I'm also pretty sure at one point in our discussions that I proposed to her via Twitter, and was politely denied, but we remained in touch (these things happen!). On a serious note, Erin is probably one of the most genuine individuals to walk the Earth. Besides her extremely positive attitude that seems to touch the masses and even make us giggle, she also pushes others to be kind and to be involved more in society; during the Holidays' Erin takes part in activities such as "X-days of giving/kindess" and would post a photo / text encouraging others to step up and do their part. Besides her awesomeness as a human being, she is also a Profesional MMA fighter with a current record of 1-0 at 125lbs. If you're not following her now, you totally should be as she continues her career!

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Early Life:

 

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

I had a good childhood. Growing up, I had amazing parents who supported and loved me everyday. They still do. I have been blessed my whole life!


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

I loved basketball and volleyball. They carried me through all my school years and into college as well. Oh, and I was in swim club for years. I was an awful swimmer, though.


What is your favorite child-hood memory?

How to pick just one!? My dad use to have season tickets to the Flames games (Calgary NHL hockey team for those who don't know) and he would take me along… it was daddy-daughter dates. I love those memories. Also, my mom use to drive us to swim meets and tournaments pretty much every weekend in her red Ford mini van. She was so devoted. Funny enough, I hated the swim races and pretty much just participated for the awesome lunches she would pack (ha) and the social aspect of hanging out with my cousins and friends all weekend. When ever I see a red mini van, I think back to those days of traveling early on a saturday morning with a van full of kids and my mom driving.


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

I use to make "mud pies" on the porch! And I collected worms. :/ Haha… I guess I liked to play in the dirt.

 

Getting involved in MMA:


How did you get involved?

I went to a kickboxing class with my boyfriend at the time. It was a class you do just to get in shape. I was hooked immediately even though I didn't really have a clue what I was doing. All I knew what I was getting in shape and hitting stuff seemed fun.


What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?

I guess I started with "cardio" kickboxing. But nothing more than just the fun side of things. It was all just for for fitness… I never thought I would actually do anything else at the MMA gym, like all those scary Jiu Jitsu or MMA classes wink

 

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

I was so naive! I can't believe I fought so early into my training. I thought I knew more than I did. The more I fight, the more I realize I don't know as much as I would like to and I'm always surprised I've come this far.


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

Ha… I  literally remember thinking and saying to my coach, "my mouth is so dry" … nerves! It worked out though, I got the TKO in round one. Back in my ammy days.


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

1 – That I am capable of more than I thought I would ever be…

2 – That losing is heartbreaking in a way that a fan will never understand…

3 – That I am not the "typical" fighter; I'm more of a peace loving yogi who fell into fighting by chance… in other words… I don't really fit in! wink

 

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Current:

 

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

I am 1-0 as a Pro, fighting at 125 lbs.


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

I don't have an official one… yet.


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

One aspect? Hell no… I want to improve it all.


What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

Feeling the mental changes and growth spiritually. There is no one experience that I can name, its just something you look back on and say, "yup, I'm a better person now…" it's hard to explain. I guess winning is a helluva memorable experience, too!

 

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

Not really… Although, my sister works in sports counselling… like, sports psychology. She does sessions with me to help me mentally prepare for fights. I don't know if that counts as interesting, but I find the mental preparation and work incredibly important and invaluable!


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

Put in the work, but don't wait until you feel 100% ready because it's likely that you never will feel "ready". You've just got to go for it, with nerves, fears, excitement all in tow.


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

My family, my friends and my boyfriend are my biggest supporters. Live Longer gym is an amazing facility in Tulsa that takes care of me as well as my strength and conditioning training. They are amazing people and definitely deserve a shout out. As well, Submissions Soldiers clothing is always hooking me up with free stuff  – thank you Clay Marrs for all your support on and off the mat. Of course shout outs to my fight team – all the dudes and dudettes who help me get ready for my fights. Lastly, I wouldn't be where I am with out my coach! He's the best, hands down. You could not find someone more devoted, committed and patient. I credit all my growths and improvements to him. 

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Future:


What are your goals for the future in the sport?

Short term, I'd like to get some fights with Invicta. Long term, I plan to fight for the UFC when they open at 125lbs division.


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

I don't really follow the sport as a fan. I know that the UFC does tons of shows and that states a lot about the sport and its growth. Invicta seems to be growing the women's divisions and doing a lot for those fighters too. Over all, I think its in a good state.


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

I would like to see more financial compensation for upcoming fighters. It would be nice if promotions all had deep pockets to pay us a little better. Wishful thinking, I know…


Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Happy, healthy and prospering, enjoying life and all of its abundance, loving those close to me and traveling the world on adventures as much as possible.

 

Fun Facts:


Favorite Food/Dish:

Pizza and Ice cream


Favorite type of Music:

Country


Favorite Movie:

True Romance


Favorite TV Show:

The Walking Dead and Super Soul Sunday


Favorite Quote:

I could never pick just one! Anyone who knows me, knows I love my quotes and share any that speaks to me!


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

I currently have no children but one day!


Best day of your life:

Everyday is the best day.


Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

Evety night before bed, I write in my journal 10 things I am grateful for and why I'm grateful for it. Gratitude is a daily practice for me. It helps me find the good in every day and realize all that went on in my day… Sometimes it's easy to overlook or forget the good stuff and stress out about the bad.


Favorite Hobbies:

Yoga, gardening, and hiking… I love sitting in nature, listening to the sounds, and meditating or reading.

 

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Who is your favorite super hero and why?

I don't have one! But the hulk seems pretty badass.

 

Contact:


Facebook Page/Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/mcdooogs

 

Twitter: @iMcDooogs

 

Instagram: McDooogs


Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): No manager currently, please contact coach David Heath

 

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Jason Przewoznik is the owner of KnockoutLounge.com. KnockoutLounge.com 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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