Check out the first fighter to be profiled on The Fighters Hub “Fighter Profiles:
Name: Malky Berlin
Country of Origin: USA
Gym: Michigan Top Team (Train under Dean and Daron Cruickshank)
Weight Class: 105 – 115
Promotions Fought For: WXC
How did your MMA journey commence?
I moved to New York for college and was living on my own in the city and decided to take self-defence classes to feel more comfortable walking around the city alone. After just a few months in self-defence, my gym offered MMA classes. I wanted something more intense than the all girls’ self-defence classes I was taking so I started working with the boys in MMA. Shortly after I started, I knew it was something that caught my interest and being the competitor I am, I knew I would be stepping into the cage.
What is it about MMA that attracts you to the sport?
The attraction I found to MMA was the actual art of the sport. Growing up I was a national competitive figure skater my entire life and I have always been attracted to beauty and grace. Most people see violence and blood in MMA but when I watch a professional fight both standing and on the ground, I love watching the different ways and techniques people have for moving their bodies.
Who was your favourite fighter growing up?
I never followed fighters growing up, but now that I am involved in the sport, I would have to say Daron Cruickshank. I know he is my coach, but when I watch him train and fight, he uses so many different and high level techniques that most professional fighters wouldn’t even know about. In the cage, he makes sure to ALWAYS put on a good show.
What sort of a fighter would you say you are?
I think I am a well-rounded fighter. I like kickboxing a lot and I always think a standing fight is more interesting for the audience but I wrestle and do jiu jitsu as well.
What has been your most memorable moment in MMA thus far?
My first win. It is very nerve wrecking to step in a cage for the first time- I knew I could win it but I wasn’t sure if I would freeze up and forget how to throw a punch. But I just went in there and did what I do everyday and was able to prove to myself and everyone else that this sport was for me.
For potential promotions or sponsors out there – what separates you from the rest of the fighters in the sport?
I have the coaches, team, support and most of all the drive to succeed in all my goals in MMA. Growing up as a figure skater, we were pushed every day to work our hardest and achieve our goals. I am the hardest person on myself to succeed and perfect my skills.
What would you say is your penultimate goal in MMA?
I think the best way to establish and achieve any goal is to start off small and work your way up. My first goal is to become the best girl in my weight class in Michigan. From there I will continue on to build and achieve higher goals.