Taekwondo Champion Wants To Try MMA
An Australian taekwondo world champion, Carmen Marton, has announced that she is interested in becoming a fighter in the UFC following the Olympic Games in Rio.
Marton hopes to follow in the footsteps of former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who was an Olympic medalist in judo at the 2012 Games in London before heading over to the world of professional MMA. Marton, who narrowly missed the bronze medal in 2012, became Australia’s first taekwondo world champion in 2013.
Marton will be representing Australia in Rio along with her partner, Safwan Khalil. The 30-year-old hopes that she can take the gold this year and then head off to ultimate fighting to be on the same platform as Rousey, Miesha Tate and Holly Holm.
“A lot of the UFC fighters learn their kicks from taekwondo and it’s a great opportunity for female fighters,” Marton told foxsports.com.au. “I’ve definitely considered it. Saf says if I win gold then maybe I can do UFC. I don’t think he’s in a rush to see me have a bloody face like the other girls but in terms of a platform to get more exposure globally, to get paid for being a professional fighter that would be amazing.
“Something that’s sitting there at the back of my mind — I’d love to be able to cross over to UFC after Rio.”
Marton, who was present with Khalil at the UFC event where Rousey fell victim to Holm with the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title on the line, says that the fact fighters can’t just know only one style is a beauty that attracts her to the sport.
“It’s really interesting because Holly comes from a boxing background, Ronda is an Olympic athlete in judo — and to bring all those martial arts in to create an ultimate fighter, I find it really exciting," she said.
Original article published on FOX Sports