Women's MMA training center goes international in Brighton


Daylight streams through open doors into the Scorpion Fighting System training bunker.

It's a strip mall enclave that is a sweat-soaked mecca for female mixed martial arts trainees.

All together, 17 women from five different countries.

James Gray, himself an undefeated fighter, and his girlfriend, Amanda Bobby Cooper, whose nickname is ABC, both compete and are hosting and training women from all over the globe.

Everyone training together for two weeks, even living together.

FOX 2: "Where's everybody staying?"

"They're staying at my house," Gray said. "I've got a four-bedroom house and we put air mattresses down."

Aoife Murphy is here from Ireland.

 "I want fair competition, I want good fights," she said. "I want to see what I can do."

Brooke Stamm is from South Bend.

"I've always liked physical sports, I played rugby in high school," she said. "Being really competitive I tried it out and fell in love." 

FOX 2: "What about getting your face pummeled says, 'I'm in love?'"

"I don't know," she said. "It is one of those things where it's not for everybody."

Some paid their own way while sponsor Dave Klink paid for several others.

"We live in an unfortunate time where not a lot of people make a lot of money," he said. "I'm fortunate, so I'm like, let's bring them in. It's really just a good vibe and I love it." 

Spend time talking to these young women and it becomes clear they are hooked on the sport. It's a rush.

Amanda's dad was a boxer, he got her into that at age 11 and then ...

"I signed myself up for a cage fight just for laughs and giggles and I got addicted ever since," Cooper said. "It's very mentally (tough). You come into the job everyday and you get beat up and worn down - you're sweating and tired. It is the most progressive mental state I've ever been in."

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