Invicta FC beauty Alex Chambers said on Feb. 6 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she expects to make her Invicta FC debut on the promotion's Apr. 5 card in Missouri.
The event will be headlined by an Invicta FC Atomweight Championship bout between champion Jessica Penne and Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson, with a co-main of Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak against Vanessa Porto.
Also on the Invicta FC 5 card, Zoila Frausto Gurgel will square off with submission expert Jennifer Maia, and Bec Hyatt fights Jasminka Cive.
No word yet on who Chambers will be fighting. Despite Chambers' busy training schedule, she generously took out a few minutes of her time to answer some questions. Chambers discussed her love for California's In-N-Out Burger, her upcoming fight schedule and her unforgettable ties to Chuck Norris. Here's what she had to say:
Q. Congratulations on your recent signing to Invicta FC, the top all-female MMA promotion in the world. How did the signing come about?
Chambers: I’m really happy to have signed with Invicta FC. My coach had been in contact with Invicta back and forth a few times, and after my fight with Mika Nagano on Brace’s All female fight card 27th October last year on the Gold Coast in Australia, they were keen to have me come fight for them.
Q. That's great. So when will you be making your Invicta FC debut?
Chambers: I hope to fight on the Apr. 5 card in Missouri, but no word yet on who I will be fighting. The promotion will be making an announcement this week, revealing the full fight card and event details.
Q. What is the female MMA scene like in Australia at present time? Any up-and-coming fighters that have the potential to follow in Bec Hyatt's footsteps to come compete in the United States against world-renowned competition?
Chambers: It is tough in Australia at the moment, but women's MMA is growing in the country thanks to promotions like Brace for War. Brace puts on a lot of female fights, and they did one in October of last year, with a few atomweight fights(48kgs/105lbs). We have some excellent atomweight fighters from Australia, namely Shawna Carew, Natalie Gonzales Hill, Gina Cardillo and Samantha Manderson.
Q. What made you want to compete in the sport of mixed martial arts?
Chambers: I had my pro debut back in May 2009, before Bec Hyatt had even started training I believe. I fought in Japan in March last year for top female MMA promotion Jewels and I have trained with top female MMA team AACC with MMA stars Megumi Fujii, Hitomi Akano, Ayaka Hamasaki, Yusuka Tamada a few times, first time being back in 2008.
Martial arts has always been a big part of my life, and I’m not in MMA to follow some trend. Instead it’s about personal growth for me, and building ones character. I want to be a positive role model for young girls that you can do anything you put your mind to.
Q. If you are in fact on the Invicta FC 5 card, that means you'll be coming to the United States. Have you ever been to the United States before?
Chambers: I’m really excited about coming to the United States. I have been before and I loved it. My uncle is from the United States, and he is the one who originally got me started in martial arts as a young girl. One of his senseis was Chuck Norris, no joke!
I have family on the West Coast, in fact I even own an American car. So you could say the USA has always been a big part of my life too. I can’t wait to have In-N-Out again, so you can guess the first place I’m going to after the fights.
Q. Unfortunately, In-N-Out Burger is only in California, but I'm sure you'll be able to find some good food in Missouri. Moving on, is there anyone in particular that you would like to fight?
Chambers: I will fight whoever Invicta wants me to fight. If you have watched their shows you will see their match-ups bring such exciting fights, and have such a depth of varied and interesting fighters.
Q. How would you describe your fighting style? Are you more of a striker or submission ace?
Chambers: I enjoy all the styles in MMA; standup, the wrestling, the ground, its never boring, and that’s what keeps me hungry. I of course go through phases where I focus on one aspect more than another but you really need to do that for a bit of perspective and to keep improving.
Q. Where can MMA fans check you out online?
Chambers: Please "like" my official Facebook fan page. Thanks!