To be perfectly honest, I had very little knowledge on who Jinh Frey was, but reached out to her with a proposal for completing out Q&A and she quickly replied and was ready to get started. …and that it when I began my research. Jinh has a very impressive record as well as a clear ability to finish fights (in the first round!). Jinh is currently signed to Invicta Fighting Championships, fighting at atomweight (105lbs) and boasts a 2-0 professional record. Jinh has become a bit of a sensation after her impressive knockout over Darla Harris, with the video acheiving over 2million views in under a year. After reviewing this article and speaking with Mrs. Frey, she clearly has the personality, the brains (currently working on her Masters Degree), and the brawns to take her career to the next level and she's definitely on the right path with her signing to Invicta. Learn more about this Fighter on the Rise below.
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 Amarillo, Texas. I was a pretty quiet, shy kid. My nose was always in a book.
Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?
I played softball, volleyball, and ran track.
What is your favorite child-hood memory?
Going camping with my grandparents.
Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?
In middle school I was on the double dutch team 😉
Getting involved in MMA:
How did you get involved?
I started doing some of the classes just to do something other than running.
What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your
early experiences learning the sport(s)?
I took to striking immediately. I really didn't like jiu jitsu at first. I hated being that close to people and sweating all over each other. Also, being small I was always just being held down.
At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the
Maybe like 6 months after I first started training. Looking back, my coach at the time probably should have let me develop a little more, but it is what it is. I started out training for fun, but I'm such a competitive person that it didn't take long before I wanted to compete.
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? It was an outdoor event, in November, in New Mexico. It was about 40 degrees out and I can remember thinking I would have to be quick so I could put my jacket back on. I won by KO in the first round.
What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?
1) You pretty much can always do more than what you think you can
2) Self doubt will be one of the biggest obstacles you face
3) Iron sharpens iron, so surround yourself with positive, hard working, persevering people.
Image Courtesy of Charles Nguyen
What gym are you currently fighting out of?
Mohler MMA in Coppell, Texas
What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?
Professional: 2-0 @ 105lbs
Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and
If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?
I've been working extremely hard on my wrestling and there's always room for improvement. Wrestling is such a hard, grinding sport. It takes you to a new level of exhausted. 😉
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?
I think seeing myself on the front page of Yahoo and so many other main stream media sources. Hearing Bas Rutten talk about my KO on Inside MMA was surreal!
If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would
Put in hard work, every day, even when you don't feel like it and surround yourself with positive and ambitious people.
Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?
Gamma Labs, #FritzFowler, Nearfall Clothing, MMA Apocalypse, and Damage Control Mouthguards. My coaches Will Campuzano, Ross Grimsley, and Allen Mohler. My training partners that put me through hell – especially Amber Stautzenberger, and my husband, Douglas Frey.
What are your goals for the future in the sport?
Who knows? The sky is the limit. I'm just taking it one fight at a time.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?
Lots of exciting things are happening in WMMA. As fighters are evolving and becoming better developed, hopefully mainstream fans will develop a respect for WMMA.
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I don't suspect I will still be fighting, but I hope to remain a part of the sport.
Favorite type of Music:
I listen to just about anything
Favorite TV Show:
A Game of Thrones is the only show I really follow
"Adversity is like a flame, it melts the weak and tempers the strong."
Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:
No children, but I do have 3 dogs.
Best day of your life:
My wedding day was pretty great, we had a private ceremony in Scotland in the Faery Glen. Then had an awesome time with some locals at a pub.
Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:
My first amateur cage fight was the first fight I had ever been in in my whole life.
I never grew out of my love for books and I love backpacking abroad. I'm also a video gamer, though I try not to be. It must be the Asian in me, but I could easily sit for 12 hours playing.
Who is your favorite super hero and why?
Lady Deathstrike, she's like a female version of Wolverine and who wouldn't want adamantium claws?
Facebook Page/Fan Page: Jinh Yu Frey
Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Adolf Sanchez cagefighter360@gmail
Image courtesy of Jonny Ngo Photography