Apr 2, 2014 9:40 PM by Bill Halter
A mixed martial arts standout will represent the Central Coast. Molly Wren-Holmes will compete in a four person tournament for a professional contract starting on April 11 in Las Vegas. The high level athlete's competitive drive led her to the cage. "I played sports all throughout high school at Templeton so once high school ended I got kind of bored. I did a cardio kick-boxing class and it just kind of went from there" said Wren-Holmes. Her first MMA fight was last year and it was quick, she won in eight seconds. "I landed a one, two that landed clean and that was that" said Wren-Holmes.
That first fight made clear what Wren-Holmes and her coaches already knew, she was in the right sport. "It was just assuring that that's what I should be doing. So it was good, it made me want it again" said Wren-Holmes.
Wren-Holmes treats training like a full time job but she's also a full time student. She's set to graduate from Cal Poly in June with a Food Science degree. "It's been tough but as long as you have a good balance and it's something that you really want to do you can make it work. It's just a time management thing" said Wren Holmes who occasionally has to ask professors for time off for her fights. "Some of my teachers are super in to it and follow it. Some don't really understand but usually everyone's pretty lenient and flexible."
Wren-Holmes is 4-0 as an amateur with three of the wins coming in the first round. Her impressive first year in the sport earned her an invitation to the Tuff-N-Uff Strawweight Tournament. Wren-Holmes is one of four women in the 115 pound weight class from around the country who will have a chance at a professional contract with the fight promotion, Invicta Fighting Championships.
Wren-Holmes will have a first round bout on April 11 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. If she wins she'll go for the pro contract on June 7 against the winner of the other semifinal at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
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