Brieta “Tank Girl” Carpenter: There’s MMA Gold In Those El Dorado Hills

Photo courtesy of Brieta Carpenter

Much of the gold in El Dorado Hills was excavated during the height of 12736406_10153860676683808_697770686_nCalifornia’s Gold Rush, though Urban Sprawl Fitness would contend that a number of nuggets, mixed martial artists who train under the banner: MMA Gold, exist in their gym. Brieta “Tank Girl” Carpenter (6-2), a natural flyweight, will look to collect some new gilded hardware in the main event of No Limit Fighting Championship, a show featuring amateurs on the rise or cusp of a career in MMA, on February 27, 2016 against Fernanda Araujo (4-3-2) for the bantamweight title.

Competing with a seasoned ferocity and striking like a ton of bricks (gold, lead, or otherwise), Carpenter struck it rich in the world of MMA after realizing Taekwondo wasn’t the carat to propel her sporting spirit forward,

“I remember the day I got really frustrated with Taekwondo. I did a tournament and did terrible. I tried to train really hard in Taekwondo, but that’s hard to do because of the environment that American Taekwondo is. You don’t have coaches there making sure you are becoming the best fighter you can be. It’s just a different environment. You are really just there to train and workout—too laid back.”

Many may undermine the value of television, but Carpenter would dispute the device personified a yellow-brick road,

“I had only learned what MMA was because of the show Bully Beatdown, and I saw Michelle Waterson.” Carpenter’s passion for the sport burned with an aurous heat in her blue eyes as she went on, “I thought, ‘Oh my God, girls can do mixed martial arts,’ and I went and found a gym.”

Luckily, it didn’t take long for things to pan out and reveal MMA Gold’s appeal to Carpenter, which immediately dragged her into the team’s strong current of blossoming prospects. She remembered hitting pay dirt after experiencing the Midas Touch of encouragement with coaches and teammates, such as Invicta Fighting Championships’ undefeated flyweight: Aspen Ladd (2-0), to scaffold her success in MMA,

“Back in the day, when MMA Gold was still at Folsom MMA, I was asked to go train with Aspen. I went to Folsom MMA twice, and the style of their training was amazing; I fell in love with it.”

Able to laugh about it now, she recalled leaving her previous MMA gym in the dust to join MMA Gold, a place Carpenter has called home for the past two years,

“I came from my old gym where I was getting screamed at and, pretty much, abused. Then, I came here, and it’s such a supportive, nurturing environment, which is funny to say about a sport where you are punching one another in the face, but it really is. I need a, ‘Good job Brieta,’ and I get that here.”

Photo courtesy of Brieta Carpenter

Long before Carpenter closes out the evening on September 27th, she will have morphed into “Tank Girl.” Inside the cage or out, “Tank Girl”’s light-heartedness heats up into a feverish stare of intensity when mining the topic of showcasing her skillset, and she will display no trepidation when entering the cage at the center of The Rink to fight in a weight class above her preferred division,

“I’ll fight anybody. My coaches know that, and they wouldn’t put me in a bad situation.”

Not only would Carpenter score a jackpot with her first belt, but she envisions her win over Araujo as a golden-ticket out of the amateur ranks,

“I intend on winning and going pro when I do.”

Carpenter’s youthful exuberance glows when forecasting her next phase in the sport, yet, a crafty veteran appears to be solidifying because she never drifts too far from the present,

“If I go and get my ass kicked next Saturday, I’m probably not ready to go pro. Looking at my opponent and the situation, I should be able to handle anything in amateurs if I think I’m ready to go pro.”

Training amongst a sea of decorated prizefighters, Carpenter grapples to conceal her enthusiasm for a championship accessory of her own. She illustrated the other side of the rainbow as,

“It would be amazing; the feeling of having it put around my waist because I’ve always said my whole time being an amateur, ‘I don’t have a belt still!’” Playful with a twinge of annoyance, she continued, “Eight fights in and no belts for me. It seems like all these other girls have amateur belts spread across their arms.” As soon as any negativity crept in, it rushed for the exit, “But you can’t look at it like: What’s wrong with me? My coaches will even say, ‘Bri, you can kick her butt and amateur belts don’t really mean a lot.’ But if I get this belt, it will mean everything to me, and I will probably wear it everywhere.”

Unearthing her advancement as an amateur, Carpenter has turned the Golden Gun on the memory of her first opportunity to corral accolades,

“I just wasn’t ready. I don’t even remember my first two fights; I just blacked out. I couldn’t even remember being in the cage, so, going in there for such a high-caliber fight, I didn’t know what I was doing. It would have been nice to win the belt, but you realize, as you become a more mature amateur fighter, that stuff doesn’t really matter. What matters is how you do in competition.”

MMA fans across Northern California should bubble in their calendar with the show at No Limit Fighting Championship because, comparable to gold, MMA stars like Carpenter will only increase in value.

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