On Saturday 22nd December, Italian strawweight Micol diSegni will be competing at Brave CF 20 in Hyderabad, India. Currently on a 6-1 professional record, Micol spoke to WHOATV about her next fight in India, her path into MMA and fighting around the world to pursue her quest for glory.
On a 5-win streak, things are certainly looking good right now for Micol. On the back of a split decision win over Cory McKenna at Cage Warriors 97 in September, the next step is a huge fight in India against Brazilian grappler, Maria Ribeiro. Asked how preparation is going Micol stated that “It’s going really well, I never stopped training after my latest fight, I stay ready and hungry all year round.
Eager to continue on her upward trajectory, opponents have been hard to come by in her native Italy. Having fought in the likes of South Africa, Romania and Wales, Micol said “There’s not many female fighters in Italy and all the strawweights are refusing to fight me, so I had to find opponents all around the world. I was lucky enough to confront myself on an international level since I was an amateur thanks to the IMMAF World Championships”
Coached by Lorenzo Borgomeo and fighting out of Gloria Fight Center in Rome, also home of heavyweight, Mauro Cerilli, Micol has had the likes of Kerry Hughes, Natalie Hills and Fabiana Giampa working with her on her latest fight camp. “I’m really proud of all the hard work that me, my coach and my sparring partners have been putting in this camp and I can’t wait to showcase it in the biggest event ever organised in India” Micol said. When asked how the Brave fight come about, Micol stated that “Brave is one of the best promotions in the world and I felt like it was the right step for my career after winning at Cage Warriors”
With just 10 days to go until her next fight against Ribeiro (4-1), Micol is fully aware of the dangers facing her as the Brazilian has won all of her fights via submission. “She is a tough fighter with a dangerous ground game, but I’m on a completely different level. Expect fireworks, it’s gonna be a great fight”.
Turning professional in 2015, Micol diSegni’s path into MMA wasn’t your standard years of martials arts training etc. “I hated my life and I was full of rage. I felt the urge of fighting. It was something I needed from deep inside. When I had nothing left, I asked myself what I really wanted, all I could answer was that I wanted to fight. So, I decided to learn how to do it and how to make a living out of it.” And that’s exactly what she did.
Signing a 6-fight deal with South African promotion, EFC, things started off promising with a unanimous victory on her professional debut over Danella Eliasov. Things soon turned sour though. “I had two fights at flyweight, I moved down to strawweight and they never gave me a third fight. I was loyal to the promotion and I spent almost a year without a fight. They didn’t respect the contract and just notified me when it expired”
With no one to train or spar with in Italy, diSegni made the connection with the renowned Jackson-Wink MMA academy in New Mexico “I had no girls to train or spar with here in Rome, so I was looking for the biggest and toughest female team in the world, at JW I found that and so much more. Those badass ladies became my overseas family.”
Should diSegni prove victorious in India later this month, it wouldn’t surprise many if we saw Micol fighting back on these shores again. When asked about her experience of fighting in the UK for the first time at Cage Warriors 97, Micol realised a dream “It was a huge emotion, I’ve dreamt about fighting at CW since my early MMA days so I’m really proud of my performance and to have fought with all my heart on such a great stage”
Micol diSegni certainly does fight with all her heart and is most definitely a name to keep an eye on. Watch this space.