Invicta Fighter: Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc

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Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc

Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc, also known as "The Night Queen" is an aggresive-styled fighter hailing from Tulsa, OK (originally from Chihuahua, Mexico). Nicdali was coined the "Female Wanderlei Silva" by "King" Mo Lawal for her non-stop aggresiveness in the cage, which is what the fans want to see; and it shows by her immense following on the social media networks. Nicdali prides herself on her boxing background, but is absolutely committed to MMA as a whole; she aims to continue her career at 105lbs and vows to become to the champion. After bouncing around between a few weight classes and fighting some of the best at higher weights, Nicdali has found her home at 105lbs and remains a big draw at Invicta Fighting Championships; and with it's new deal with UFC Fight Pass, we can expect to see a lot more of Nicdali and the other female Fighters On The Rise!


Featured Image Courtesy of: Lee Baxley

Early Life:


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 Tulsa,OK but I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. Tulsa is the second biggest city in OK but when I moved there in 1990, there wasn't a lot Hispanics in Tulsa at that time so I grew up being "weird" because I was different in race and attitude… Anyway other than that it was pretty cool.

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

I have always been a very active person. When I was only 11 months old, I climbed a ladder to the roof :). I played sports in and out of school. In school I ran track; got lots of first place medals in track. I played basketball for two of the biggest high schools in Tulsa and played varsity for both. Out of school I skateboarded and did trout fishing.


What is your favorite child-hood memory?

Playing basketball with my step dad Mike and the birthday parties my mom would put on for me :)


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

I was obsessed with wanting to be in the WNBA


Getting involved in MMA:


How did you get involved?

I've always loved boxing since my step dad and I watched an Oscar de la Hoya fight. But my husband Travis Calanoc introduced me to MMA. I thought it was scary so that's why I decided to do it and I fell in love with it the more I learned about it!


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

I began with boxing but when I first was learning the combat techniques other than boxing I had no idea what I was doing and it was like trying to create something without knowing what it was supposed to look like but though perseverance and discipline the picture has finally started looking like I wanted it to look like 


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

It's an indescribable feeling, when your ready…your whole being knows it. I was just ready to fight.


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?

Nothing but how bad I wanted to win. I won.


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

What I would do In a fight lol

Always evolve and always learn new things, keeps you young and keeps things fresh

Always have a positive attitude, life's too short






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

I have fought in three different weight classes 125lbs, 115lbs and now 105lbs. My current overall record is 9-7 Pro record of 8-7 ammy record 1-0


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

Night Queen and Juggernaut. Watch my fights you'll see why!


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

I want to improve on all aspects of my game. They all could be better.


What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

Too many to pick one. I really love being an MMA fighter!


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

Find a good coach & listen to them


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

My husband for being one of my coaches; I know he has the toughest job. Sangre management! Thanks Juan for being awesome and FighterGirls and Mike from Babes of MMA for always sponsoring me!






What are your goals for the future in the sport?

To be Invicta Champion at 105


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

It's definitely getting more and more mainstream.


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

I'll just say one thing Pride was Badazz 


Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Happy and feeling accomplished!




Fun Facts:


Favorite Food/Dish:

Egg roll


Favorite type of Music:

I don't have a favorite but I'll tell you all the ones I love. I LOVE all music except for country.


Favorite Movie:

Fight Club


Favorite TV Show:



Favorite Quote:

The Book 'Fight Club'!!!!! The whole book is a wonderful Quote!


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

I have no children but I want to have one,once I retire from MMA.


Best day of your life:

?????? I have a lot of those, hahaha. I'm living my dream, well, except I'm not Tyler Durden!


Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

I love comic books and the new DC 52 is AMAZING! I'm such a nerd!


Favorite Hobbies:

Long boarding and painting


Who is your favorite super hero and why?

Batman, but I like Villains better. I love Mr. Sinister and the Joker!




Facebook Page/Fan Page: The Night Queen Nicdali Rivera Calanoc 


Twitter: @Nicdali


Instagram: nicdali


Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Juan Lanza: sangremgmt@gmail




About Baxley Fine (Photography)

Baxley & Fine Design is based out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, but we frequently travel to other parts of Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas, southwest Missouri, and southern parts of Kansas.

We are a full service photography/design studio.  We will take photos of whatever is requested of us, we can retouch those photos (including creative manipulations), and we can use elements to digitally design whatever is requested of us.

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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