Hailing from Washington, USA, Stevie VanAssche is a name that is getting some recognition in the WMMA world. Stevie holds a 2-0 Ammy Record and 1-1 as a Professional. Stevie's total cage-time between her wins has been a recorded 2-minutes and 48-seconds, which is quite impressive and shows that when she steps in the cage, she is looking to finish the fight! Besides Stevie's impressive start to her MMA career, she is quite down to Earth and a pleasure to talk to. We had the opportunity to present our Q&A to Stevie and she was more than willing to share her life story and career goals with us.
Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)
I moved around a lot as a kid.. I was born in Everett WA then when I was in 1st grade I moved to a small town in Montana called Shelby then the following year an even smaller town Sunburst where we stayed for a few years. While in Sunburst my parents owned the only grocery store in town for miles around. I felt I had a great childhood and have very fond memories of growing up in a small town. I had an older brother and a younger brother and sister. We ran around all over the place without a care in the world. I made a lot of great friends in my short time in Montana that I still stay in contact with. In 2000 we moved back to Washington to Wenatchee where I have lived for 14 years. I would call this my hometown now.. I always felt like a floater growing up after moving all the time. It feels good to have a place where I feel like I belong.
Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?
Yes I've been into sports since I was a young girl my parents first put me into soccer but I was more interested in wearing the uniform and eating the half time snacks than actually playing (which probably annoyed my parents since I came from a family of soccer players) then we moved to Montana and I played softball and basketball then back to Washington where I started running in a summer youth track program & ran long distance events in track from 6-12 grade. I was on swim team all through middle school as well. I also played volleyball all through middle school and played club volleyball outside of school up until my junior year of highschool when I was cut from the volleyball team.. It broke my heart but instead of breaking me completely I decided to try out XC running and it was actually a great experience since I loved to run then my senior year I tried out for volleyball after spending my summer training for tryouts and again I was cut from the team. I was so embarrassed and couldn't understand that two years in a row after all those years of playing that I could be cut. I decided not to let it get me down and learned perseverance from those experiences. I decided to run XC one last time my senior year and learned to channel all my frustrations into running. Looking back it all shaped me into the fighter I am today.
What is your favorite child-hood memory?
I have a lot of memories but can't seem to think of a favorite..
Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?
I used to race four-wheelers when I was four and five years old at the fairgrounds in Monroe WA.
Getting involved in MMA:
How did you get involved?
I started dating my boyfriend, Dean, who was a fighter at the time & he had a gym so I started training in 2010 when I was 20 just because it was a fun workout.
What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?
I started learning jiu-jitsu and a little kick boxing at first.. Since my boyfriend doubled as my coach I can remember many times (which I still do this) where I will randomly have a question about a position or something and will drill him with questions didn't matter the time of day or night.. I'm always eager to learn more and understand the sport the best I can.. He's my full time coach no doubt
At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?
I wouldn't say I knew 100% that I was ready, but I felt pretty confident after two years of training and when I started to give some guys a run for their money in the gym..
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?
"Holy crap this is happening" I won my first fight by armbar in 45 seconds. It was exactly what I trained and planned to do...
What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?
It's a lot more than people just smashing faces and rolling around on the ground. I didn't understand the sport fully prior so jiu jitsu was totally foreign and was boring to me (not anymore) I've learned that I can kill people with my own hands (granted -if they don't tap out) no weapons necessary. I've also learned never to be too cocky because this is a sport where ANYTHING can happen!
What gym are you currently fighting out of?
I fight out of Submission Factory MMA in Wenatchee WA
What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?
2-0 ammy & 1-1 pro (all my fights except for my loss which was at 135lbs have been at 125lbs)
Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?
My nickname is "The ninja"; I needed a fight name for my custom mouthguard and that just came about and seemed fitting since most people don't know or wouldn't imagine I'm a fighter...
If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?
Probably my wrestling.. I focused a lot on jiujitsu and stand up most my career and I think I could benefit from extra wrestling training
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?
All of my wins are highlights in my career being that all my wins together total up to 2 minutes 48 seconds in the cage which is insane in retrospect to all the training hours I've spent in the gym..
Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?
I learned that going up a weight class is not a smart idea..
If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?
This is not an easy sport filled with a lot of blood sweat tears and heart break.. You've got to be strong and keep pushin forward or it will break you. Find a gym and train your ass off!
Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?
Yeah big shout out to my coaches Dean and Tito they give so much of their time freely and I'm super fortunate to have them sharing their skills and knowledge day in and day out also all my training partners who come through Submission Factory my work Wenatchee Natural Foods for they allow and support me to continue to do what I'm passionate about and a few sponsors thanks for all you do! – Klench Mouthguards, Tussle Fight Gear, MMAMADHOUSE, Babes of MMA, Electric Rays Tanning– also my family/friends and fans for their continued support!! I'm sure there is some peeps I'm forgetting but I love you all! <3
What are your goals for the future in the sport?
My goal is to keep winning and to continue to progress. I hope to always look better in each fight.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?
I'm excited for the future of WMMA I feel there is not limits at this point.
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?
I can't think of anything I would change..
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Training and competing still probably teaching youngsters my secret ninja skills..
Mexican food – carne asada w beans
Favorite type of Music:
I love all kinda of music – rock, rap, country, techno, dubstep, reggae a little bit if everything
Favorite TV Show:
"Sadness flies away on wings of time" (have this tattooed on my back)
Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:
I have furry children.. Two dogs Babie & Jay
Best day of your life:
Another hard question.. Too many to count – I really enjoyed my recent vacation to Mexico though
Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:
I was named after my dad Steven
Snowboarding, running, playing with my dogs
Who is your favorite super hero and why?
I don't have one because I don't really idolize things..
Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Myself
Email Address: Stevers068@yahoo
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