There's tough. There's wrestler tough. And then there's the kind of toughness you don't even begin to suspect you're capable of, until the moment calls upon you.
For the exotic grappler known as Persia, that call came like a bolt from the blue in November of 2010. That was when the doctor told this seemingly perfectly healthy young woman that she had a level 1 grade malignant brain tumor.
The thoughts and emotions she felt upon hearing this news are her own, and are not for us to pry into. But what we do know is how she reacted: She chose to fight.
What else could she do? This woman, who has studied martial arts for most of her life... who has chosen a career in the ring... who has the blood of ancient warriors in her veins... what other course was there? So, she toughened up, and she fought.
And she's winning!
Recently, Persia's physicians have approved her return to the ring, which is a remarkable testament not only to their medical skills, but more importantly to her willpower.
"I'm not going to let this tumor dictate my life," she says. "I love wrestling... it puts a smile on my face."
LadySports is very proud to introduce this remarkable young woman to fans worldwide!
The Stats: Height: 5 feet 2 inches Weight: 125 pounds Hair: Brunette Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
LADYSPORTS: Welcome to LadySports, Persia! Tell us, when did you first get into the sport?
LS: And who trained you?
LS: Who have been your biggest ongoing inspirations to be a wrestler?
LS: What are you like in the ring, personality-wise?
LS: Describe a typical day of training for you. What is most important in your workout?
LS: How would you best describe your ring style?
LS: Who have been your toughest opponents to date?
LS: And who have been your biggest allies?
LS: What has been your most memorable win?
LS: And how about your worst loss? A: Any loss is bad, but I've learned valuable lessons from them, and that's how I won the belt... by learning from my mistakes and improving myself.
LS: Who is the one wrestler you would most like to face in the ring, but haven't yet?
LS: And if you had to retire tomorrow and could have only one more match, who would you most like to wrestle?
LS: What is your favorite style of match?
LS: If you had the power, what one thing would you do to improve the sport?
LS: Any regrets?
LS: What would you do if you couldn't be in wrestling?
LS: Can you tell us what the one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in the sport would be?
LS: What is your personal motto?
LS: And lastly, anything else you'd like to add?
pics courtesy of Persia