Jasminka Cive is an Austrian WMMA Fighter (born in Serbia) in the straw-weight division. Jasminka is currently under contract with Invicta Fighting Championships and one may know her from the heated feud between her and Bec Hyatt at Invicta 5. Although Jasminka lost that fight, there is nothing that is stopping her from striving to be the best in WMMA and continue her career as a fighter, gym owner, and promoter. Please take a moment to learn about who Jasminka Cive is, her life story, and her career goals/plans.
Note: A mild language barrier exists, so there have been a few edits.
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 Belgrade in Serbia – and that's where I grew up. When I was 12 years old I moved with my family to Austria where I still live.
I have two sisters and one brother. I live in Linz where I have my own gym “Happy Fight” and I have a puppy with the name “Hope”.
The childhood wasn't easy in Ex-Jugoslavia, it was war. It was a very tough time and we did not have much to eat, no luxuries at all, just getting by. That was the reason we tried to get out. Luckily it worked out. My father was an officer and had to take some risks to make that happen.
Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?
I started martial arts when I was 10, with Karate. The reason I started was because my sister and I (she is four years the elder) always played this one game – it was a wrestling/fighting game. She was big and strong and always won! One day I really wanted to beat her, and so I decided to start Karate in the school. This was in Belgrade, Serbia.
What is your favorite child-hood memory?
The day when I got my blue belt in Karate, this was one of the best days in my childhood. I was so proud.
Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?
When I was a child I never played with dolls. I played only with teddies. I had one special teddy which I still have who is 33 years old like me. One day I forgot him at the hotel in Croatia where I made holidays with my parents. The hotel crew from there had to send me that teddy back to Serbia because I would not want to sleep without him!
Getting involved in MMA:
How did you get involved?
One day I was referee in a MMA-fight, which was really very good one, after that I decided to try this sport too. I needed a new challenge!
What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?
I was already a muay thai pro-fighter when I started MMA and the co-discipline was BJJ.
At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?
I step(ped in the cage) just after 5 weeks of MMA training. Before that, I had a title muay thai fight so I was (in) very good condition and strong. I felt great and had an offer for a fight, so I took it.
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?
I won my first MMA fight by submission and that was my only submission win in my career. I can remember very good that the first 5 minutes time (in)to (the) fight was really very hard for me…it was like ages until the 5 minutes were over!
What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?
You can never train enough.
You have to fight smart if you want to be on the top.
You have to be fast.
What gym are you currently fighting out of?
I have my own gym in Austria, it is called “Happy Fight”, this is where I fight out of.
What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?
My pro-record is 5-2-0
Ammy 0-0-1 vs a male fighter
My weightclass is straweight at 115 lbs
Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?
My nickname is “Impressive”, because I love it.
If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?
My BJJ, because I have not a BJJ trainer here. I have to drive to other cities or countries to learn it.
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?
I fought for the KSW title this year.. This was really amazing and a great show all around. I still love Poland and hope to get soon a chance to fight there again!
Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?
I fought a MMA fight vs a male fighter. It was a tough experience and pretty crazy. It ended in a draw.
If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?
Always do what your heart wants you to do!!!! My heart wanted me to fight and I am still happy!!!!
Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?
I love you guys!!!!! You made my life easier the last 10 years.. they are my stars!!!! Some special ones are Cashpoint Entertainment, Happy Fit, Phantom MMA, Daniken, Tussle Fight Gear, Pascha, Sportnahrung.at and my friends at Groundandpound.de.
What are your goals for the future in the sport?
I promote my own event series which is called "Mixfight-Night" and it is growing fast and it´s already one of the most popular in Austria. I wish for the future to get bigger and expand like KSW with my show. And I want own more gyms in other cities. This is what I am working at!
What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?
Since 2003 the sport got bigger and more known. Also Invicta FC did a great job for women´s MMA. I hope it will still grow to be mainstream.
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?
More female events, more female fights.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I will be one of the biggest MMA-promoter from Europe and I will have more than 10 “Happy Fights” gyms!
Favorite type of Music:
Classic & electro/house
Favorite TV Show:
The Ultimate Fighter
“You can take my victories, you can break my bones, but no one breaks my will, no one can take my soul. The day when I surrender, is the day when I die.” – by me
Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:
No Children only a dog, who is my son!
Best day of your life:
Too many great days in my life..
Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:
I love my dog more than sports!
Running and I love meditations!
Who is your favorite super hero and why?
My absolutely (favorite) hero is my little dog. He survived a Pitbull attack and stayed alive just few weeks ago. That was tough. He's a tough cookie!
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