Everything is comin’ up Rosi
On June the 2nd, Europe's biggest promotion rolls into the Helix in Dublin for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship's
47th numbered event. In addition to the two title fights there is a semi-final bout in the 125lbs tournament to crown
the inaugural ladies champion. We caught up with both fighters in the lead up to the event. First we spoke to Rosi
Sexton, a veteran of the global Women's MMA scene.
Rosi Sexton comes to Dublin to fight local girl Aisling Daly with the winner progressing to fight Sheila Gaff for the
Cage Warriors ladies title. Fighting is something Rosi does in addition to being a mother, an osteopath, a writer for
Fighters Only magazine and running the Combat Sports Clinics in Liverpool and Manchester.
More than a fighter
Despite the busy life Rosi hasn't had a problem with preparation. "Training has gone really well. I've done a lot of
technical work and a lot of Strength and Conditioning work. I lead a very busy life so when I take a fight I like to be
able to focus solely on preparing. I've put nearly everything on hold and trained for 2-3 months for this."
Rosi is a veteran of the MMA game having debuted in 2002 and fought all over the world. She also has a long
association with Cage Warriors having fought on the inaugural show way back in 2002 and won their ladies 132lbs
title in 2006.
"A lot has changed in MMA in the last 5 years with weight classes being standardised, which is very much what
CWFC are doing with this tournament."
Having gone 5-0 early in her career Rosi got the call to the big time, flying out to Las Vegas to fight in the first ever
sanctioned bout in Women's MMA. She fought against the poster girl of the sport at the time, Haywire star Gina
Carano. Though Rosi took her first loss, it launched her into the US MMA scene where she would go on to fight the
biggest names (Carina Damm, Debi Purcell, Zoila Gurgel) on the biggest stages (BodogFight, ShoXC, Bellator).
Rosi acknowledges the sport of MMA has moved on since she began fighting. "The standard of competition has shot
up in the last 5 years. There are a lot more girls involved now compared to when I started. They are also not just
skilled practitioners of a single discipline, they're now full time MMA athletes. Girls like Sarah McMann (Olympic
silver medalist in wrestling) and Ronda Rousey (Olympic bronze medalist in judo) are raising the MMA game to a
high level athlete. What was good enough 5 years ago is longer good enough today."
Having tasted the big time Rosi is in no rush back to the bright lights of the US. "I take one fight at a time so I'm not
looking any further than the fight against Aisling."
“I’m better everywhere~
In discussing her opponent and the fight Rosi is confident. "I know she has a solid level of grappling and I know she
trains at a good camp. She has a lot of experience and I know she'll be a tough opponent. But I feel I'm better
everywhere so no matter where the fight goes I'll come out on top."
In a little under two weeks we'll find out if Rosi is right.
Rosi wanted to thank everyone who has helped her prepare for this fight - all her team at Next Generation,
supplement sponsor PhD Nutritionand everyone at Strength & Performance.
Fergus Ryan, May 2012