20-year-old Mackenzie Jean Vellenoweth is about to make her MMA debut subsequent weekend.
The New Zealander, higher often known as “Macca Jean”, will tackle Sally Asiata-Kaokao at Born To Combat 9 for the WKN MMA NZ title in Auckland subsequent Saturday.
Vellenoweth’s debut brings many eyes with it attributable to her established background on the New Zealand fight sports activities scene. Regardless of her youth, Vellenoweth has been coaching for 11 years; since she began Taekwondo at age 9 in her hometown of Opotiki.
She had a complete of fifty Taekwondo fights. The unique aim had been to make the Olympic Video games, nonetheless after discovering the trail to get there more and more political and underfunded, she determined on the finish of 2018 to modify up her coaching up with some boxing.
“I ended up loving it,” Vellenoweth advised Combat Information Australia.
She accrued a 5-0 boxing report, in addition to a need to maintain difficult herself.
“After a few yr, I made a decision to make the transfer [to kickboxing/Muay Thai].”
In 2020, the yr the world shutdown for COVID-19, Vellenoweth took eight kickboxing fights – 5 of these inside two months. So far, she holds a 9-0 kickboxing report, 6-1 Muay Thai report, and has claimed the 63.5kg IKBF, 62kg IKBF and 62kg ISKA titles. However nonetheless, she’s desirous to continue to learn.
“After I did Taekwondo it was like, ‘Oh, I’ll do boxing as a result of it’s not so restricted’. After which I used to be like, ‘Oh, I’ll simply attempt kickboxing’, and I ended up simply wanting extra, simply eager to be taught extra,” Vellenoweth described of her want to pursue MMA.
“I fairly just like the violence, too,” she added casually . “I don’t know the best way to clarify it, it’s simply thrilling.”
Coaching out of The Fight Centre in Auckland, the place she just about lives (and even has a mattress for napping), Vellenoweth says the aim this yr is to make her MMA debut, get extra expertise and extra titles.
She’ll cross the debut off subsequent weekend when she set to battle 3 x 3-minute rounds in opposition to Asiata-Kaokao, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt from Oliver MMA. Asiata-Kaokao has had one beginner MMA bout, during which she defeated Elisa Marneth-Rust by way of knockout within the first spherical.
Desirous to be taught and keen to maintain busy, Vellenoweth nonetheless isn’t limiting herself. Whereas MMA is her finish aim, she’ll take any battle she will be able to get for now. In actual fact, she’s already been booked for a Muay Thai battle on November 17. That bout can be in opposition to Kaitlyn Tucker on Vendetta for the AMTA light-weight title. Getting fights has change into an issue already in her brief profession; a dilemma she places all the way down to the shortage of feminine opponents in New Zealand. Nevertheless, she’s firmly open to travelling for fights when border restrictions are lifted.
Vellenoweth vs. Asiata-Kaokao options on Born To Combat 9 at YMCA Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday, April 24. Headlining the occasion is a WKN worldwide gentle heavyweight title battle between Pane Haraki and Dhcamad Armstrong.