Welterweight contender Maura Tynanes has opened up about the bullying she encountered whilst growing up due to her weight and size.
The Hawaiian recently issued a heartfelt message to her fans and even offered advice to people who may be facing the same struggles as herself.
“When i was growing up and started to get teased about my weight/size, my father told me; “baby, Your the perfect size, big enough to take any hit, and strong enough to fire one right back”. That one sentence gave me so much confidence as a young girl, it made me stronger. I’ve always been bigger than most girls, but always active and athletic. I’m healthy, strong, and happy but that’s only because of all the positive reinforcement ,compliments and love I had as a child so if you’re reading this remember your perfect, no matter what size you are” Tynanes said.
Tynanes (1-0) returns to competition this Wednesday at AFC 136, airing live on UFC Fight Pass. She’ll be looking to build on a first-round submission victory over Avril Straub last March. The Hawaiian trains at the Jesus is Lord gym along with UFC star, Rachael Ostovich. Prior to making the move to MMA, Tynanes, who was undefeated as an amateur, already had a background in combat sports, being a former collegiate/freestyle wrestler who placed second at nationals during her first year in college, she is also a black belt division naga championship winner.
Alaska Fighting Championship 136 takes place this Wednesday (January 17) from the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The entire event will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass from 11:59pm EST.