Girls with Guts: From Seamstress to MMA Fighter

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They are Girls with Guts: Their stories may seem ordinary on the surface, but once you get to know them, you'll find they have incredible drive and determination within.

Jessica Zomcik is one of those women.

She's a seamstress by trade; but Jessica, 25, is an MMA fighter, too. "I worked at David's Bridal and if they knew what I did on the side; I don't tell everyone. I played football for 7 years; I've always been a tomboy growing up," Jessica said.

She is the number-one ranked amateur female featherweight in the world. "It's fun; I just love it. It's just you against yourself. It's the ultimate challenge."

Seven months ago, the Erie, Pennsylvania native left everything and moved to Medina to train at Evolve.

She has spent weeks preparing for her latest MMA fight. The job is 24/7 and training is grueling. She said she spends up to six hours a day in the gym.

Her kickboxing coach, Steve Traczyk, said it takes skill to step into the cage, "I've been training with Jessica for 7 months. She is a blue belt in jiu jitsu muay thai and her boxing skills are amazing. Diet is key to move from different weight classes recovering from the damage you do to your muscles. A lot of people don't understand how much work goes into it."

Jessica said what drives her most is her passion for the sport, "It's fun. It's so hard; but it's worth it."

She is cool and calm inside the cage. She leaves the nerves behind. "Once you step into the cage and the door locks, it all goes away, and you say 'okay, it's just practice, so let's have some fun.'"

Jessica's ultimate goal: "The UFC. I want to make it to the Octagon."

She is 7 and 3 and looking to continue her success at a professional level next year.

Her next bout is set for June 1 at the NAAFS fight night at Jacobs Pavilion in the Flats.

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