Ashley Cummins hit the trifecta, recently: she will headline Invicta FC 37, fight for the organization’s atomweight title, and do so against the last fighter to defeat her.
“Smashley” will challenge Jinh Yu Frey for the Invicta 105-pound strap on Oct. 4. The event will take place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas and will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
Cummins discusses the booking and why the opportunity is a dream come true, what she learned from the first fight she had with her Frey at Invicta FC 24 in July 2017, how much she has improved as a fighter since she moved to San Diego to train with Liz Carmouche, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Pearl Gonzalez and others, the biggest difference between the fighter we saw two years ago to now, why rescuing animals is such a passion, balancing being a fighter and a full-time police officer, the direction Invicta will take in the future and much more.
The 32-year-old Cummins also discusses how she sees her first Invicta title opportunity playing out on Oct. 4.
“I think it’s going to be a grinding fight,” Cummins told MyMMANews.com. “Both of us are aggressive, both of us are high level athletes and both of us don’t want to lose. We’re both competitors so I think it’s going to be a grinding fight, it’s a tough fight. I’m expecting a challenge, I’m expecting my hand raised and the belt around my waist at the end of it.
“It will mean everything to me. I visualize it every day, I’ve been visualizing it before I got the opportunity. It will be 13 years of hard work and all I ever wanted was to be a world champion. I’ll finally be a world champion. It’s something I’m very passionate about and something I’ve been working hard towards for years and years. I’m excited to bring that belt home and celebrate with my family, my team, and to know that I can finally sleep easy knowing I accomplished my life goal.”
Check out the full interview with atomweight title challenger Ashley Cummins as she prepares to face Jinh Yu Frey in the main event of Invicta FC 37.