Armstrong, the managing editor of several magazines at Beckett Media including Ultimate MMA, was recently named “MMA’s Most Influential Woman” due to her exciting role as managing editor of the magazine, which just so happens to be the leading and longest running publication in the industry.
In an era where the written word appears to be slowly dying, Armstrong has thrived by utilizing an innovative approach to the game.
"I have been a professional writer since I was 15," Armstrong said. "I made my niche in combat sports journalism and started writing for The Press Enterprise Newspaper as a sophomore at CBU.
"Shortly after, I landed my dream internship with Ultimate MMA magazine in December 2009. I will never forget that interview with my now-editor Doug Jeffrey. I walked into this beautiful office on the second floor. The conference room was made out of glass and the view was the Angel’s stadium. It was major. I was 20. Nervous. And thrilled that he finally returned my call to interview me as a potential intern. I went there with 'cheerleader energy,' a peppy attitude and clippings from my previous work. Yes, clippings. It turned out the peppiness worked, as well as the presentation of my work portfolio and I have been working with Beckett ever since, now, as a full-time managing editor."
Besides Ultimate MMA, Armstrong is the managing editor of Gun World and she also manages California submission ace Rachael Cummins.
As if that's not enough, Armstrong also owns Koast Kombat, an athlete and modeling management company.
"My number one piece of advice to them was: the most unique thing about you is you! Don’t imitate other people’s work, no matter how successful they may seem," Armstrong said. "Your success can be found through your unique style and what you bring to the table that no one else brings. I made my niche in MMA! Who would have thought? I was different, I was persistent, I was passionate and driven.
"When it was easy to give up, I didn’t. Keep writing and be yourself. There is a position that is meant for you."