BANGOR – Young’s MMA has four fighters on the upcoming NEF 36: Battle for the Gold card. Three are woman, who go by the nickname “Chris Angels.”
“They did the Charlie’s Angels pose there in front of me and I had all the tickets like draped over me they took the picture they posted it on Instagram,” Young’s MMA owner Chris Young said.
It spawned into a promotion poster featuring Young’s MMA fighters Glory Watson, BJ Garceau and Catie Denning.
“The fact that all three of us are on the fight poster that’s the first for New England Fights to do something like that and again it’s small scale but it’s the small victories especially in female combat sports,” Denning said.
All amateurs, each member of the trio is preparing for their second career fight. At the same time, they’re hoping to carve a path for future female combat fighters.
“Having girls come up and say “you’re amazing it’s so fun to watch you,” it’s really great and I know they look up to all of the girls as well,” Watson said.
Fans only see the short battle that takes place inside the cage and often miss the war a fighter endures to get there.
“It’s like the one sport that’s keeping me alive may be killing me,” BJ Garceau said.
Garceau is a diabetic and has been jumping through hoops so her disease and passion can co-exist.
“I know the days I don’t come here my mental health isn’t great and I’m just dark and in a depressed state because I haven’t been able to practice or get those endorphins out,” Garceau said.
Garceau, Watson and Denning have all made it through training camp as a family with the support of coach and biggest fan.
“He’ll (Chris Young) make time he’ll make time for you he’s a good soul he brings out the best in all of us,” Watson said.
“Before this I didn’t do anything in school so he really has made me into the fighter that I am,” Garceau said.
NEF 36: Battle for the Gold is set to start at 7 p.m. at Aura in Portland.