WHERE DOES ANDY LIVE?
Myrtle Beach, S.C But Andy is a VERY busy woman and mother, so splits her time between Myrtle Beach and her home gym in Karate Mafia in Bossier City LA.
ANDY’S PRO CAREER IN MMA?
Late 2009 Andy started at Fitness Edge MMA in Myrtle Beach SC. But in her amateur career quickly found it difficult to improve as there were no female athletes to train with and this made for a very problematic situation when trying to improve.
It was at this point Andy with the help of her ex, who she points out has been amazingly supportive. Began to split her time between two camps.
One with 10th Planet in Las Vegas with Kyra Batara who is currently the Combate Americas world champion & Karate Mafia in Bossier City Louisiana with Donny Aaron and Andrea KGB Lee who is currently the LFA flyweight world champion and now a UFC flyweight.
Both were great for her and the travel and family structure were the only natural obstacles in being able to continue to do the dual camps. Additionally Andy still kept a daytime job as so many fighters do to make ends meet while they put everything into their dream of this sport.
This led her to slowly make the move across to Karate Mafia today (not many people can pack up overnight and leave their family, and Andy was no different. She had a lot of work and home support network to arrange before it could all fall into place). And again with the support from her ex, she expresses her gratitude in the sense that he has been instrumental in her being able to pursue her martial arts career and being able to settle into making Karate Mafia her home as well as making time to keep seeing her son.
Since that time Andy and Andrea have essentially become best friends as well as training partners.
Among being a muay thai practitioner, Andy is a blue belt in BJJ, winning a gold NOGI at NAGA 2015 along the way to her progression. She has also begun to integrate training with Sharon Jacobson on a semi regular basis when travel permits.
OUTSIDE OF MMA?
As some but not THAT many people realize, the life of a mixed martial artist essentially consists of exactly that! Martial Arts day in day out!
But in her spare time Andy likes to spend as much time as possible with her son Sebastian, who lives with his father (Luke). Andy loves movies and just a little bit of relaxing in her down time. Other hobbies include; Shooting guns, Billiards, Cooking, Hitting the Batting Cage and Golf. Although a few days off from training might be needed to clean the dust from her Golf Clubs.
Andy loves what she does and would probably prefer to be in the cage than anywhere else.
Shehas a very fun and lively side to her fighting attitude, Rizin is probably the best stage where Andy get’s to show her true colors and flare for the entertainment factor as much as the fight itself!