Jessica Richer

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Jessica Richer

Taking part in the Tuff N Uff / Invicta Tournament beginning November 7, 2014, Jessica Eve Richer will fighting for the lightweight (155lb) women's division in which the winner of this 4 person tournament will receive a contract to Invicta Fighting Championships. 

Jessica Eve Richer is a 2-0 amatuer Mixed Martial Artist out of Fallbrook, California (by way of Great Neck, NY). Jessica is a fighter with a lot of ambition and has her eyes set on the prize during this tournament. Although Jessica hasn't fought since 2011, she has never stopped training. When asked Jessica about her future, in all confidence she stated, "I will be wearing the Invicta 155lb championship belt in 2015. The UFC will expand to 155ers within 2-3 years, and I will win that belt there as well."

 

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Images courtesy of Ryan Heckert (HexLinc Photos)


Early Life:

 

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends). Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?

I was born and raised in Long Island, NY. I come from a pretty traditional family, two parents, a sister and a brother. I was a bit of a non-traditional student, labeled a "classic underachiever" throughout my school career. I've never excelled at institutionalized anything, I've always been a free thinker and do my best when I can self direct my own learning. My interests and achievements growing up were all extracurricular, and ran the gamut from attending Space Camp when I was 8 – 9 because I wanted to be an astronaut, to competitive figure skating around 10 – 11, to racing sailboats at 12 – 13, to training horses at 14+. I've always been interested in different things, and have found some way to compete and or be employed in most of them. I got into flying airplanes and playing ice hockey in college, and combat sports found me shortly after. My circle of friends has always been attached to whatever activity I was involved in. 


What is your favorite child-hood memory?

This answer has changed throughout the years, but now looking back I would say holiday times with my whole extended family. I live really far away from everyone now and we don't get to see each other often, so I miss those times the most.

 

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

This one time, at band camp…just kidding. I never know how to answer these types of questions, haha. 

 

 

Getting involved in MMA:

 

How did you get involved?

I was looking for a way to get in better shape/condition during my off-season for hockey, and thought MMA might be a fun way to do that. I looked into some of the different arts and picked one that didn't involve getting punched in the face. I had a suit-and-tie job at the time and didn't think black eyes and bruises would be appreciated. There were a few BJJ gyms near me that I checked out, and started training at the one that felt like a home – Gracie Barra Long Island. 


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

I started with BJJ in a traditional gi BJJ program, as a cross-training thing, and it quickly became its own obsession. I was intrigued by the technique beats strength concept, which I learned by being flung about the gym or tapped the first few sessions by people much smaller than me who I mistakenly thought I could out-muscle. I watched higher ranks rolling and saw how calmly, patiently, and consistently the more skilled guy would always win a match. It made it seem like an invincible art, and I wanted to learn all of its secrets. A teammate talked me into competing in my first tournament as a white belt, and after that I was hooked. I spent three years training and competing obsessively…I discovered I had more natural talent at fighting than I did at hockey, and BJJ became my primary focus. 

 

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

Around the time I won my first Pan American title in BJJ in 2010, I remember thinking about where I wanted to go in the sport competitively and how far it would be possible to take it. It had always been a dream of mine (as it is for so many little kids) to be a professional athlete when I grew up. MMA was exploding in popularity, and while BJJ had my heart, the stage for MMA was bigger and had career potential, where even at the highest levels, BJJ was still primarily an amateur sport. I told my coach I wanted to fight. It took him another six months to take me seriously about it, but by early 2011 we were training MMA and looking for a match.  


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

I was nervous right up until the first punch was thrown. Training out of a BJJ gym, I had limited sparring partners getting ready for the fight – my training rounds were basically with anyone who had a striking background in addition to their BJJ and who were willing to spend their time with me…regardless of size, strength, etc. They were all guys, all 170-185ish lbs, and all skilled. I got beat up a lot. Because that size/strength factor in straight up BJJ is somewhat negated, I assumed the same applied to MMA and spent a lot of time during camp thinking I was a lot worse than I was, and questioning whether I would be successful. As the cage door closed the night of my fight, I was prepared to get hit as hard, clinched as hard, and shot at with as much power as during camp, and was ready for the battle of my life. Two punches were thrown and she shot a double leg, and I sprawled with everything I had, expecting to struggle and hoping not to be taken down. I pancaked her into the floor, spun and took her back, and finished with an RNC less than two minutes in. I learned that fighting a 155lb girl was not the same as sparring a 185lb dude. 

 

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

Who I am, what really matters, and how to keep pushing forward no matter how hard you get hit – in fighting AND in life. 

 

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Current:

 

What gym are you currently fighting out of?

San Diego Combat Academy/Team Hurricane Awesome

 

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

2-0 amateur, 155lbs


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

No…and for the most part, I hate them. I started using my full name including my middle name (Eve) when I was competing in BJJ to avoid being tagged with some lame moniker that would stick with me throughout my career. I was a chubby kid growing up…suffice it to say I had many nicknames I didn't appreciate. 

 

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

There is no technical aspect that CAN'T be improved. I train everything, I spar constantly, I evaluate myself constantly and look for holes in my game, and constantly work to patch them. It's an ongoing process. 


 
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

Having my hand raised after my first win. There was so much preparation that went into that fight, and so much emotion overcoming all of my "do I have what it takes" questions just to get there. I had a rough weight cut – it was my first time dropping to 155, and that as the icing on the cake was about all I had mentally left. I was overwhelmed with how many people had helped me and supported me to get to that fight, and they deserved no less than a victory. To put in everything you have and achieve the goal you set out to achieve is a great feeling. 

 

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

Always be honest with yourself about your weaknesses, check your ego at the door, and work to fix them. Ignoring stuff you're bad at won't make it go away, and you can't hide from it in a fight. Fighting is real, raw, and honest, and people who lie to themselves get exposed every time.  

 

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

First and foremost, my husband and daughter for being a part of my journey. My head coach Manolo Hernandez at SDCA and all my teammates and sparring partners, without whom I could not be the best I can be. My sponsors, many of whom have been with me for many years and got on board to support me before I had won anything, because they believed in what I would be: Furia Jiu-Jitsu Sports, Revgear, VersaClimber, Limitless Nutrition, Mouthpiece Guy, and MMA Roadhog Racing. My trainers and training partners from back home in NY who gave me my start and helped me believe in myself – I'll never forget where I came from. 

 

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Future:

 

What are your goals for the future in the sport?

I will be wearing the Invicta 155lb championship belt in 2015. The UFC will expand to 155ers within 2-3 years, and  I will win that belt there as well. I will then make my return to finish business in jiu jitsu competition and win the world championships as a black belt in the gi. 


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

Its growing. Exponentially. The women's side of things is in a very exciting place. It's taken serious roots, and still has so much room to do big things. Its really exciting to be a part of. 


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

The pay scale. I didn't get into this to make millions, but MMA has a long way to go before up and coming pro fighters can make a living fighting, without having to work a job on the side. Also, it would be nice to see all professional contracts come with health insurance…


Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

In my daughter's corner, coaching. 

 

 

Fun Facts:

 

Favorite Food/Dish:

Brazilian BBQ


Favorite type of Music:

Rock/Metal mostly, but I'm a fan of all music. 


Favorite Movie:

Fight Club.


Favorite TV Show:

Anything on Food Network.


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


I have an eight month old daughter, Jordyn. She will get a sibling one day. 

 

Best day of your life:

The day Jordyn was born.

 

Favorite Hobbies:

Swimming, surfing, sailing, paddleboarding, waterskiing…anything to do with water, powerlifting, motorcycles, horses, flying airplanes, four-wheeling/dirt bikes, climbing, hockey, journaling, cooking/baking, staying in on a Sunday morning and watching my baby daughter learn how to be a person…


Who is your favorite super hero and why?

Wonder Woman! 

 

 

Contact:

 

Facebook Page/Fan Page: Jessica Eve Richer

 

Twitter: @jessicaeve155


Instagram: @jessicaeve155


Sqor: Jessica Richer

 

Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Linda Kriner – lkkriner@gmail.com

 

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