In the midst of all the high jinks surrounding Daniel Cormier’s iffy weigh-in in the run up to UFC210, I was going through my twitter feed when I happened upon a couple of striking photographs of Jessica Kruger.
‘ Now that’s what a MMA fighter should look like’ I thought to myself.
A few clicks later I find that not only is Kruger a supremely sculpted Mixed Martial artist but that she is also the top ranked amateur middleweight in the world.
Jessica kindly agreed to a phone interview and when I spoke to her she was heading into the final week of training camp before her next fight on April 21st.
Jessica Kruger came to MMA a mere 3 and a bit years ago. She decided to take a kicking boxing class after the birth of her son Bear.
Originally I did it to lose weight after the birth of my second baby
The near 6 ft blonde’s immediate talent was quickly noticed and she was approached about switching to MMA. Within 4 months of this first kickboxing class Jessica was standing over her opponent, the proud owner of a 36 second knockout in her debut bout. Jessica Kruger was on her way.
The main issue with fighting at Middleweight is the lack of numbers. Indeed Jessica has also fought at welterweight and has won the Steelfist fight company’s welterweight title. She is comfortable fighting at both weights and probably will do so into the future. In managing differing weight classes she says
My nutrition is huge and a key component, we Krugers are just bigger humans
To this end she is grateful for the support of greenlifelabs.com and Fit4Her is the protein she uses in all her training. I think you’ll agree from looking at the photographs the results are stunning.
Jessica comes from a large family and you’d be forgiven for thinking
‘ Oh she’s probably the sporty one’
Well she is but the whole family are Athletic gold.
She has 3 brothers who have played in the NFL (two current) and indeed older brother Paul has won the Superbowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Another younger brother Mark is playing college ball with the University of Utah and will probably also graduate to the NFL. Oh yeah her sister Erica, the youngest, is a marathon runner. I haven’t met or spoken to Mom and Pop but in terms of Atheltic gene production, their meeting must have been akin to Superman meeting Wonder Woman.
Jessica is a huge Ronda Rousey fan and recognises the impact Ronda has made in popularising WMMA. Jessica is currently a single mom of Olivia 6 and Bear 4 and divides her time rearing a family with her training requirements. She is also studying in Utah Valley University for her nursing degree. Jessica admits it’s a juggling act to get everything right but as when chatting with other athletes chasing their dreams , she sounds exhilarated talking about her life.
Jessica trains with Scott Vincent for her Jiu-Jitsu and Casey Wilkinson for MuayThai. Jessica is very thankful for the support of Mike Hermisillo the supremo at Hidden Valley MMA where she trains. Obviously with a 36 second KO on her resume she likes the striking/boxing area of her skill-set
I love the whole boxing / striking element, I initially didn’t understand how addictive it is
Kruger fights for the FitCon promotion on April 21st and when asked if she wants to turn pro she replied
Yes for sure, I was approached informally by Bellator about a year ago, but I wanted more training under my belt
Her goal for her next fight is to up her aggression levels and look for that 1st round knockout. Indeed she feels she is now ready for that step into the professional ranks. Her last fight was a 5 rounder, which was fight of the night and shown widely on TV and the internet
On her Jitsu she says
It’s a definite goal to get to blue belt
In fact if that fight on April 21st were to come via submission she would be delighted and would move her up a couple of notches on her Jiujitsu grading.
She has a great love for MuayThai as she finds her height and reach give her a natural advantage over her normally smaller opponents
What you find talking to Jessica is an upbeat, grounded and hardworking woman. She has an obvious and close relationship with her family who support her journey totally.
It’s been a fun journey..they come to all my fights and are excited for me
Finally I asked how her Mom feels about her daughter fighting in MMA
She laughed and said
She is really supportive but she can kind of hide behind her hands at my fights!
Normal protective instinct I’m sure although even with 4 standout football playing brothers Jessica Kruger doesn’t need anyone to fight her corner.