Quick-rising Invicta bantamweight Taneisha Tennant is simply hours away from a very powerful struggle of her combined martial arts (MMA) profession, however don’t anticipate “Triple Risk” to be rattled by any pre-fight nerves.
Not that her 135-pound title struggle towards Lisa Verzosa will probably be a stroll within the park, however Tennant has already overwhelmed most cancers, survived Hurricane Sandy, and watched two of her co-workers die from COVID-19.
Her five-round showdown at Invicta 44, happening this Friday night time (Aug. 27) on FITE from Memorial Corridor in Kansas Metropolis, is virtually a trip.
“I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” Tennant revealed. “I spent the following 12 months having chemotherapy and radiation remedy, the place they principally poison the most cancers cells to loss of life — it’s so laborious on you, mentally and bodily. You’re sick, you’ve acquired no vitality, you lose your hair. I principally spent a 12 months laid out enjoying video video games.”
In a merciless coincidence, Tennant was really in nursing college learning Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on the time of her prognosis. And after a troublesome and painful restoration, the sunshine on the finish of her tunnel — as Metallica so eloquently put it — was only a freight prepare coming her means.
“Proper after that, Hurricane Sandy hit the New York space,” Tennant continued. “The flooding was loopy. Every part acquired worn out. My home was flooded to the higher stage. I misplaced all my pictures, all my movies, just like the video of me shaving my head as I began chemotherapy, that was on a cellphone. Every part simply floated out the door, simply so many possessions. That was a troublesome interval in my life.”
Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New York space and in addition claimed the house of former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Tennant, a full-time nurse charged with the well being and security of her native retirement neighborhood, is at the moment 4-0 below the Invicta banner, which features a pair of professional exhibition bouts for the promotion’s “Phoenix Sequence” again in March 2020.
A 3-fight, single-night match she gained by turning away Taylor Guardado.
“I feel each win takes my profession to a different stage,” Tennant stated. “I simply need to be the perfect, I need to reign supreme. Preventing for me is like when a born musician discovers music for the primary time. They hear it and it simply speaks to them. That’s what occurred with me: as quickly as I did that first Muay Thai class I knew I’d do that for the remainder of my life. It simply spoke to me.”
Verzosa, 25, will do some talking of her personal when the cage door closes on Friday night time. The once-beaten “Battle Angel” is coming off a hard-fought choice win over the rough-and-tumble Raquel Canuto as a part of the Invicta 42 occasion final September.
“That is the largest struggle of my profession and the perfect opponent of my profession,” Tennant stated. “She’s acquired that stand-and-bang model. I like stress fighters — they arrive ahead continuous and which means they depart lots of openings. It’s going to be fireworks, hopefully from each of us, however undoubtedly from me.”
Invicta 44 will probably be out there to stream reside for $19.99 on FITE.