Kheyfets Looks to Take on Meisha Tate and Sara Kaufman

  DM: How did you get started in MMA? Did you start off as a fan or did you transition from wrestling, BJJ, or something else?   MK: I wanted to get back into martial arts after taking some time off while in college. There was an ATT right near my house that was opening up and I decided to start training. I got hooked and became interested in competing. When I was little I trained in Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu and was always a martial arts fan.   DM: Why MMA? What about this sport makes it appealing for you to be an athlete in?   MK: It’s so challenging mentally and physically and that’s what’s appealing to me. I also love the atmosphere at the gym. Lots of cool people training, working hard and having a good time.   DM: What did you do (for work) before you started training in MMA? MK: I am still working in TV post production. That’s what I went to school for and I’ve been working ever since I graduated.   DM: What do you feel is your biggest challenge in being a female in a predominantly male sport? Finding training partners? Finding competition? Getting exposure?   MK: No I think the exposure is actually easier being a girl. Most MMA fans really embrace it. It is challenging to find other women who train…so yes I’d say finding sparring partners. However, rolling and sparring with the guys really prepares you well. It gives me confidence on fight night that I’ve been in some wars at the gym with the...

Kheyfets Looks to Take on Meisha Tate and Sara Kaufman

DM: How did you get started in MMA? Did you start off as a fan or did you transition from wrestling, BJJ, or something else? MK: I wanted to get back into martial arts after taking some time off while in college. There was an ATT right near my house that was opening up and I decided to start training. I got hooked and became interested in competing. When I was little I trained in Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu and was always a martial arts fan. DM: Why MMA? What about this sport makes it appealing for you to be an athlete in? MK: It’s so challenging mentally and physically and that’s what’s appealing to me. I also love the atmosphere at the gym. Lots of cool people training, working hard and having a good time. DM: What did you do (for work) before you started training in MMA? MK: I am still working in TV post production. That’s what I went to school for and I’ve been working ever since I graduated. DM: What do you feel is your biggest challenge in being a female in a predominantly male sport? Finding training partners? Finding competition? Getting exposure? MK: No I think the exposure is actually easier being a girl. Most MMA fans really embrace it. It is challenging to find other women who train…so yes I’d say finding sparring partners. However, rolling and sparring with the guys really prepares you well. It gives me confidence on fight night that I’ve been in some wars at the gym with the guys. So the fight isn’t going to...