Binghamton Student On Her Way To Become Professional MMA Fighter
3/9/2013 (Updated 10:45:18 PM)VESTAL -- 26-year-old Rebecca Heintzmann is fighting her way into a predominantly male sport: mixed martial arts.
"People I've grown up with know me for being very competitive, intense, and driven," said Heintzman.
She is ranked the number one 115 pound amateur female MMA fighter in the world. In the past year, she has had a knockout 6 wins and 0 losses and she will make her pro debut within the next few months.
"I just want people to feel inspired to do what they want to do, and not let things like gender ever hold you back," said Heintzman.
Heintzman trains six days a week at Power of One MMA in Vestal, for up to four hours per day.
"MMA is both physical and mental. You have to be very smart and tactical. It's physical chess," said Heintzman.
And she often trains with men.
"I give them a good run for their money," said Heintzman.
Her dreams to fight professionally in her own state may soon become a reality. The New York State Senate approved a bill Wednesday allowing professional MMA competition in the state-- now it is up to the State Assembly to make a final decision.
"I'd love to be able to fight in front of friends and family," said Heintzman.
And area politicians say they are in favor of it.
"A lot of people are interested, a lot of people are going out of state to enjoy these competitions," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.
"It'd be another revenue stream for the state and we certainly know we need additional revenue," said Assemblyman Clifford Crouch.
Assemblyman Crouch said he hopes the Assembly can reach a decision by the end of March. But no matter what, Heintzman will keep on fighting.
"it's the best feeling," said Heintzman.
Samantha McDonald, Fox 40 HD News.
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