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· On The Spot ~ Lynn Alvarez

· Article author: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Posted on 08/11 at 09:39 AM

Bellator Fighting Championships is holding a women’s 115 pound tournament that will kick off at Bellator 24 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 12. On the card is up-and-coming fighter, Lynn "Lights Out" Alvarez, (5-1) who trains out of Tap Out Research & Development Training Center and Legion BJJ in Las Vegas, Nev., the center of the rapidly growing sport of mixed martial arts. She has participated in martial arts for ten years and was introduced to MMA in 2007.

Alvarez has the exciting opportunity to represent women in MMA as she goes head to head with Jessica Aguilar (8-3). Alvarez was training for a fight that fell through when she received the opportunity to join Bellator’s women’s tournament, which has lead to a five-month training camp. As a result, the 24-year-old Alvarez is more than prepared for this tournament and loves what she does.

MMA Spot’s Breanna Armstrong takes some time with Alvarez to discuss her bout, career and future goals in the sport.

Armstrong: How long have you been in this sport and what got you to start a career in professional fighting?

Alvarez: I have been professionally fighting since 2007. What initially got me started into this sport was traditional martial arts. I started doing Kajukenbo in 2000, and in early 2007 my instructor presented me with the opportunity to do a full contact kickboxing match. I figured that since I was training hard, I might as well try it out. Plus, it was a free trip to Kauai. After that fight, I was hooked.

Armstrong: Where do you train and whom do you train with?

Alvarez: I currently train at Tap Out Research and Development, with my head coach Kenneth Rayford. He is my boxing coach and my judo coach. I also train at Legion BJJ, where my ground coach is Cameron Diffley.

Armstrong: What were your thoughts when you were chosen for the Bellator women's tournament?

Alvarez: I was excited to be chosen for Bellator's women's tournament. [I'm] very appreciative and grateful to be given this opportunity.

Armstrong: What do you think of the tournaments Bellator has set up, for men and for women? Are there other organizations out there that Bellator could learn from in how to promote/support women's MMA?

Alvarez: I think Bellator is doing the most with promoting women's MMA, so maybe other organizations could learn from them. To promote women's MMA, there just needs to be more women’s fights on cards. And especially higher level women, so people can see that women are tough, athletic, and can fight just as good as, and even better than men.

Armstrong: What's your favorite thing about fighting?" src=", Lynn MED.jpg" alt="" width="265" height="173" />Alvarez: My favorite thing about fighting is the daily challenges I'm presented with during training, the physical and mental pushes that we put ourselves through while working out, and the times when you don't think you have it in you, but your coach is yelling at you to continue on. Everyday after training, I feel like I have accomplished something, and I love that feeling.

Armstrong: How have you been training for this fight against Jessica Aguilar?

Alvarez: I've been in training camp for about five months. I was supposed to have a fight in July at another venue, so I started a training camp in late March. During that time, the Bellator tournament was presented to me. We made a slight adjustment during training camp, and I started training [for] the Bellator tournament. I found out I was fighting Jessica sometime in July, and since then, I have been training specifically for her.

Armstrong: MMA is one of the most intense sports to participate in, physically, mentally and emotionally. How do you prepare yourself emotionally for a fight—leading up to the fight, the manner in which you envision/think about your opponent—and what is the experience like post-fight, win or lose?

Alvarez: I try not to think about my opponent too much, but I do use my opponent as a means of motivation while I'm training. When I'm slowing down during training, or having a difficult time, I think to myself, ‘my opponent wouldn't slow down,’ or ‘my opponent would go one more round.’ I like to use my opponent as a way to push myself. It's hard for me to describe what it's like to win or lose a fight, both are very emotional. You just have to experience it

Armstrong: How do you feel about your opponent?

Alvarez: I'm excited to fight Jessica Aguilar. She's an upcoming star, and she's a great fighter. She's a step up in the competition that I have been fighting, and I'm ready to meet to the challenge. I'm very honored to fight her.

Armstrong: What is the highlight of your career thus far?

Alvarez: The highlight of my career so far is my progression. The changes I have made since 2007, to now. I've improved, and come a long way from the fighter and person I used to be. That's what I consider my greatest accomplishment. I don't consider my greatest highlight to be defined by the people I've beat, or belts that I've won, it's all about personal development and growth.

Armstrong: Who is someone that you look up to in this industry?" src=", Lynn 2 MED.jpg" alt="" width="265" height="212" />Alvarez: A fighter that I look up to is Muay Thai fighter, Christine Toledo-Badua. She's very humble, and willing to help anyone out. She's always motivating people around her, and always sacrificing her time to help others prepare for their fights. She is a great role model.

Armstrong: What are your future plans? And what can MMA fans expect from you?

Alvarez: My future plans are to continue to learn, grow, and improve all aspects of my game. Fans can expect me to get better each time, and I always promise to put on a good show.

Armstrong: How has MMA grown for women since you started in this industry?

Alvarez: Women's MMA has grown so much since I started. Just recently they've started to have women tournaments, and having women as the main events of venues. It's exciting to be in the mix of things while all of this is going on. I can only see things opening up more for women.

Armstrong: Favorite technique?

Alvarez: Anything that lands or works

Armstrong: With so much of your time taken up by training and fighting professionally, how do you stay grounded in your personal life? Are you single?

Alvarez: I currently have a long-term boyfriend, who is also one of my training partners. No kids so far, but I do have a puppy Beagle named Happy. He is like my baby.

Armstrong: What do you do on your free time?

Alvarez: I barely have any free time! When I do have free time, I usually play racquetball, read, snowboard (when the season is right), and sleep (my personal favorite).

Armstrong: Is there anything else that you want to add?

Alvarez: Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. Please check me out at

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