Angela Magana is finally locked into her preferred weight class on a multi-fight contract, and now the 29-year-old professional mixed martial artist can focus on a busy 2013 schedule.
Magana, 29, signed with the Xtreme Fighting Championships promotion before the end of the year, bolstering the company’s strawweight (115 pound) division and giving the Farmington-area fighter long-term stability with a promotion.
She is also looking forward to having bouts come through instead of worrying about opponents backing out of fights.
“There are a lot of women who can not run from me now that I’m signed at 115,” Magana said.
XFC president John Prisco was also excited to add Magana (11-5) to his roster.
“Angela Magana was one of the most talented free agents in the industry. She’s had some very tough fights already and has a decent record to show for it,” Prisco said in a release. “There was no way we were going to hold off on signing someone as talented as her to the XFC. As we are building our female divisions throughout 2013, I can see Angela becoming one of the fighters that everyone tries to call out. However, anyone who steps into the cage with her is going to have a tough time getting a win. She loves to stand and throw and has a solid ground game, just the type of well-rounded fighter we are looking for. She’s a great addition to our women’s division and I can’t wait to see her step up to the XFC’s level of talent.”
Magana, 29, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to rising star Jessica Eye (9-1), but it was that loss that Magana credited for the opportunity she has received with XFC.
“I believe the opportunity happened after my last opponent (Eye) fought on the main card for Bellator against Bellator’s golden girl Zoila Frausto, who was the champ. In the fight, Zoila was dominated within the opening seconds of the first round and submitted before the first minute,” Magana said. “I was able to last three rounds with Jessica, losing a decision outside of my weight class. After that Zoila and Eye fight, my lawyer contacted the XFC to consider me, and they gave me five fights.”
Magana hasn’t signed on for any specific fights as of yet but, as the XFC builds its roster, she is excited for the opportunities ahead.
“The XFC has hinted to me there is a belt for the women this year. I am confident that I will have the opportunity to fight for the belt, especially after they see me fight — if my first fight isn’t for the belt,” she said. “I don’t know much about the talent of the other women. I will take it one at a time. When I have an opponent locked in, then I will scout the signed girl.”
Magana is hoping to fight two or three times this year after fighting just once in 2012 after suffering a back injury in a car accident before a fight in California early in the year.
Since her loss on Aug. 17, Magana has continued working on a documentary film while training and refereeing youth and high school wrestling matches.
She is also a mother, keeping her on the move constantly.
“Being so busy with my daughter Delilah, the documentary, coaching and refereeing the wrestling at the schools whole training for my fights is very exhausting, but I have a lot of support and help from my family, friends and sponsors,” Magana said. “The filming can be exhausting. We filmed in nine different states this year, and the traveling and training gets stressful. Somedays, I don’t want to train four times. Delilah is understanding and travels along with me as much as her school schedule allows, and it was nice taking her along all summer.”
Magana is excited to be in the 115-pound division, but said she would consider moving down to 105 if the XFC opens a division for the weight class.
With the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) opening the women’s 135-pound division with Ronda Rousey as the champion, Magana hopes women’s MMA will only continue to grow as the UFC will open more women’s divisions.
“I believe it will only be a matter of time before they get to the lighter weight classes. By the time they decide to add 115, I hope to have had great fights on national television with XFC,” she said. “I am confident I would be a highly sought after prospect.”
All of Magana’s fights with the XFC will be broadcasted on the AXSTV network, available through all major cable providers.