WMMA Feature: Rachael “The Panther” Cummins
Rachael found her way into MMA through Jiu Jitsu. Once getting involved, she began competing in tournaments as much as possible. Her love for the sport continued to grow until she found an event that was looking for female fighters.
She made her amateur debut in August of 2011 fighting for BAMMA USA. She went on to have an illustrious amateur career. She had many ups and downs as an amateur as she faced many of the top WMMA fighters in the 125lb division. Rachael learned and grew from each of her amateur fights. She continued to become more of a well-rounded fighter as she would prepare for her professional debut. She has been training at Reign Training Center since she began with Jiu Jitsu. It was their phenomenal team of coaches and trainers that would push her into training more standup and help her to develop as an all-around dangerous fighter. In order to push her striking to the next level she began training at Spider Muay Thai. She has since been splitting time between the two gyms and has been able to take her game to a bigger and better place due to the great coaching she has received at both places. Rachael cites one of her biggest influences as a fight that took place at a Strikeforce event in 2011 between Miesha Tate and Marloes Coenen. She also has great admiration for Ronda Rousey. Each of these ladies has had a great influence on helping her to become the fighter she is today.
Throughout her amateur career she fought many times for Las Vegas based, Tuff-N-Uff. As a professional fighter, Rachael has put together a 2-1 record, while currently on a 2-fight win streak. Her last fight came at BAMMA USA 11 where she secured a 1st round finish against Michele Gutierrez. She is currently training for a fight May 15th where she will return to the Fight Club OC cage. Rachael is always pushing herself to the next level. She continues to be challenged in her career by taking on some of the best in the WMMA Flyweight division. She is without a doubt one of MMA’s bright young stars; who has clearly just begun to hit her stride.
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Rachael is managed by her close friend and MMA writer, Breanna Armstrong.