A few questions with Cheyanne “Warrior Princess” Vlismas

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Fighter on the Rise: Cheyanne Vlismas

We interviewed Cheyanne in January for her Tuff N Uff bout (in which she came out victorious) and we've kept our tabs on her ever since. With the implementation of our new Q&A, Cheyanne was also more than willing to complete which makes her that much more awesome! You can view our interview with her at this link: Cheyanne "Warrior Princess" Vlismas and you can learn a bit more about her below! Keep an eye out for her, she's for sure, a Champion on the Rise!

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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)
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: I grew up in Saint Petersburg, FL and Palm Harbor, LF. Life growing up, those were the good days. Who wouldn't miss having no worries in the world and your only problems were not having enough toys. I was always close with my family and still am 'til this day. I've always been a daddy's girl who didn't put up with anyone! (haha) I always participated in school activities and wanted to be friends with everyone, but was always a sassy little thing. I've been dressing myself since the age of 3 and seems I haven't changed a bit (lol).
 
Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Oh yes. I started up karate at the age of 3 doing private lessons before I could do classes and at age of 4, I started up with soccer as well. I always kept myself busy, but karate was always my favorite and still to this day it will always be my favorite!
 
What is your favorite child-hood memory?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: My favorite childhood memory must have been when I went to a board breaking contest at age 6 and was the youngest in my age group (6-10) to be able to break the most boards with my foot (haha). I'll never forget my face when I was awarded that! My dad standing there video taping it all and I felt like a famous person taking pictures with all the other kids and instructors! …That moment felt like the moment when I won my first fight.
 
Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Well, one time me and my dad were messing around trying to play fight eachother, I was about 5 and he told me that "I couldn't hurt him"… so I looked at my mom and went up to him and kicked him in his nuts and he went down and threw up in the bathroom… Haha, probably best memory.
 
Getting involved in MMA:
 
 
How did you get involved into MMA as a sport?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: I got involved in MMA just turning 15. I was teaching kids and teens Tae Kwon Do and was getting bored of it. So I watched my first UFC fight with my cousin and I loved it! I looked up a local school and called about coming in and trying out a free class. Getting that past my parents was VERY hard! My mom refused, she would tell me it's already bad enough I have to spar with guys and now having to do it with head gear… she didn't want to risk me getting hurt. My dad went with my moms word, but him being a former boxer, he knew my love for fighting and allowed me to go do it.
He came with me and watched me the week free I got. He saw the potential I had and how much will power to get it down after all the times I got frustrated with not understanding the ground game.
 
What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Well ofcourse you know after reading this, I was a karate kid growing up. Growing up with that changed me a lot! I honestly feel like if it wasn't for karate, I wouldn't be the person I am today. Being able to walk the streets knowing you know how to defend yourself, there's no greater feeling than that! I've ran into some altercations and I cannot say I've always been the good guy that walks away, but I've learned from my mistakes and have seen the immature things I've done. Growing up you realize those things. When I got started in MMA ofcourse I thought I was a badass, being young and doing that… but starting with Jiu Jitsu tournaments, I experienced a few losses and it woke me up and realized how bad of a feeling that was. Jiu Jitsu made me humble. It changed my life in so many ways and I am happy to be the person I am today.
 
At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: I knew once I started training this was what I wanted to do. I've trained 3 and a half years for this moment. I took no time to wait, I took my first fight 4 days after my 18th birthday.
 
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?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: This is real there is no turning back. You fight for your life.
 
What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Anything can happen at any givin time.
                               Your opponent is not always your enemy.
                               It's only you in there, so be careful who you trust.
 
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Current:

 
What gym are you currently fighting out of?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: I'm currently training out of Robson Moura Head Quarters and top brother FL followed by UFC Gym Clearwater
 
What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: 4-3-1 at 115lb.
 
Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: My nickname is The Warrior Princess… because don't be fooled on what you see, I'm a warrior in the cage and a little diva outside of it!
 
If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: My wrestling is my weakness, but it will come in time.
 
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Walking to the cage for my first time. I will never forget crying in my hotel room and praying just because I was so blessed to finally have the experience I've been waiting for, for a very long time.
 
Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Well, I'll never forget my second fight. My opponent was a US Marine and she made a video making fun of my modeling and said she's going to do butterflies around me in the cage. When we were in the first round on the ground right next to her corner, they were yelling at her to beat my a** and I pulled out with a first round armbar victory. Nothing better than sweet karma!
 
 
If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Have fun in there and remember you are an amateur, no need to hate your opponents because you never know one day you may need them. (my first opponent is now my coach)
 
Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: YES!! My awesome sponsors are:
and my dad for supporting me.

 


 
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Photo courtesy of www.tuffnuff.com / Ray Kasprowicz



 

Future:

 
What are your goals for the future in the sport?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: To make it all the way. Hey dana…..!
 
What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Well, apparently theres a situation with the state of FL and the boxing committee, so lets wait and find out….
 
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Absolutely nothing besides bring back the old rules (lol).
 
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
 
Cheyanne Vlismas: Teaching students in my own gym.
 

Fun Facts:

 
Favorite Food/Dish: Pasta and steak!
 
Favorite type of Music: Country and pop
 
Favorite Movie: The Karate Kid
 
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family
 
Favorite Quote: "Don't let the fear of striking keep you from playing the game" and "fight like a lady"
 
 
Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?: One day I may
 
Best day of your life: My first fight:)
 
Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself: I'm a hippie at heart!
 
Favorite Hobbies: Beach, working out, and tanning
 
Who is your favorite super hero and why? Thor… just because he's beautiful!

 

Contact:

 
Facebook Page/Fan Page: Cheyanne "The Warrior Princess" Vlismas
 
Twitter: @cheyvlis
 
 
Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Mark Raynes
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