Zomcik, an amateur MMA fighter from Ohio, is facing a tough financial burden to pursue her dream of going pro and fighting in the UFC, as she needs to lay out a ton of money in order to travel to the tournament.
“If I make it to the finals, and I WILL make it to the finals, it will be around $3,000 in airfare and the promotional can only help with $600," Zomcik said. "I work 40 hours a week… I took a huge pay cut to move to Ohio to pursue my dreams… I’m struggling, like anyone in my position bridging the gap from ammy to pro. BUT I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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“My management and I will discuss that further after this tournament," Zomcik said of her MMA plans, if she does emerge victorious in the tournament. "It will happen, and most likely we will make the drop to 135 just because of the opportunities that the bantamweight division has been given recently. I have had three fights scheduled and three opponents back out in the past 6 months, so I am excited to have professional women follow through with their commitments.”
Zomcik is slated to fight Bryanna Fissori at Tuff-N-Uff: The Future Stars of MMA on Sept. 30 in Las Vegas, Nev., which is one of the quarter final fights scheduled for a 145-pound tournament that also features WMMA standouts Bryanna Fissori, Bethany Del Cid, Danielle Mack, Felicia Spencer, Shannon Reid, Autumn Richardson, and Summer Bradshaw.