LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A Lee County woman won the battled of the bulge and is now ready for her next big challenge. Wink News first introduced you to mixed martial arts fighter Amy Sica this summer while she trained in a Lehigh Acres garage. Kristen Skovira followed up with the one-time backyard fighter who is now throwing punches on a major stage.
Amy Sica says she stepped out of her comfort zone and into the ring. The Lehigh Acres MMA fighter began punching and kicking as away to lose weight, but now she's hungry to change history.
"I want to be one of the females that eventually make it big," she said.
Once weighing in at almost 400 pounds, the 35-year old mother of three underwent weightloss surgery but says she still needed alifestyle overhaul.
"She's overcome a lot of things and this is a cake walk compared to what she's already been through," said her trainer Melissa Charles.
Sica is now in fighting shape, weighing in at only 155 pounds.
"It causes me to have an esteem that I didn't realize that I had," she said.
Armed with corporate sponsors and passion, Sica says she wants to make it big in a male-dominated sport.
"When I first got started I was like, where are all the female competitors? I don't even know if it's about being hard core. It's about beingdetermined and motivated enough to get in there and believe inyourself that you can do it," she stated.
Sica's wants to bring home the title and put her hometown on the map.
"Fighters message me all the time and say, 'I know Lehigh Acres that's so cool to see a hometown fighter.' So it eventually will get big and if Lehigh comes with me so be it," she said.
"She's a warrior. She never gives up in here and she's ready," said Charles.