Black and Blue: Interview with Ashley Cummins

Ashley “Smashley” Cummins isn’t just an amazing atomweight fighter, she is also a part of elite force of men and women who risk their lives everyday to serve and protect. Every time she walks to the octagon she is not just fighting for herself, she is fighting for the spirit of honor and sacrifice.

“I want to honor and represent all my brothers and sisters in blue and all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Its one of my biggest motivations when I step into the cage,” she recently said in an exclusive interview with wmmarankings.com

Cummins spent most of her life in St. Louis, Missouri but has recently relocated to San Diego to be closer to her family. Though she is really happy where she is now, she says of the gatweay to the west, “St. Louis will always be home to me…that is where all my friends are that I miss so much.”

Ashley currently holds a record of 6-4 and has won 3 of her last 4 fights, which includes a very bloody, very emotional victory  over Amber “The Bully” Brown. Cummins dedicated the win to fellow officer and beloved friend, Officer Blake Snyder, who was killed in the line of duty.

Ashley is set to face one of her biggest challenges this Friday, November 16th when she takes on undefeated Jessica Delboni. Delboni is 7-0 with 5 unanimous decision wins and 2 tko’s. This will be Delboni’s first fight inside the Invicta FC cage and Cummins is eager to welcome her. When asked if Cummins felt any extra pressure taking on a fighter who has yet to lose a professional fight, Cummins showed her expert calmness when she replied “No, I don’t have any extra presure. The extra pressure is always on the fighter who is undefeated because they don’t want to lose that 0”

In fact, when she walks into the octagon the last thing on her mind will be records. The song “Bad Company” is her anthem: honor, respect and duty is her flag. “That song represents police and military so it really pumps me up to hear it before I step into the cage [and] I just think about what I’m fighting for: to represent my family, my girlfriend, my gym and my police department.”

Ashley knows about personal sacrifice. As an exceptional high school soccer player she was awarded a scholarship to play collegiate soccer. She gave it up when she discovered mma. She walked away from something she had trained in for years to pursue the unknown and in her own words: “It was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

There is a tremendous amount of talent billed for the Invicta FC 32 card, but this fight is definitely not one to miss. Ashley Cummins is the type of fighter that will leave every ounce of blood, sweat and tears on the canvas because she knows that glory does not come to those who hold back.

Jay

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