Since MMA began to grow as a sport in popularity, Southern California has been a hotbed of activity in martial arts. With the inclusion of women in the sport of MMA, The excitement level has never been higher. The Golden age of women's MMA has come to a peak this upcoming weekend with Invicta FC and the ultimate fighting championships UFC having back to back cards on Friday and Saturday with The biggest names in women's MMA headlining both events. This weekend will see the likes of the stars Rhonda Rousey, Chris Cyborg, Holly Holm and a host of others, but also one rising star with a lot of local support.
Lethal Laura Salazar has been added to the lineup for Invicta FC 11 and will be making her debut for the promotion. Lethal Laura is a local LA fighter who is undefeated in MMA and has a record of 3-0 as a professional with all wins being first round knockouts.
She began training under the tutelage of Anthony Britton at the UFC Gym in Rosemead California in 2011. Looking to simply lose weight and hoping to gain confidence, "Lethal" Laura never imagined the journey that she was setting out to take. In 2011 the UFC Gym product won the World Supergrands Martial Arts Championships in Sport Muay Thai under the guidance of Martial Arts Master Anthony Britton. In 2012 she traveled to Sparta Greece and won the world championships of Pankration (MMA) for team USA. In 2013 she simultaneously embarked on an amateur MMA career that saw her undefeated at 3-0 as well as continue her Muay Thai career improving her record to 17-3.
2013 also saw her audition to be a cast member for the The Ultimate Fighter with Rhonda Rousey and participate in Uriah Faber's first ever MMA draft combine. She also expanded her horizons by traveling to Thailand to train at the famed Tiger Muay Thai camp, home to such Ufc notables as GSP (George St. Pierre), Roger Huerta, Jake Shields and Brian Ebersole. Upon returning from Thailand she further expanded her striking repertoire by joining the World famous "Wildcard Gym" (Freddie Roach, Manny Pacqiao).
Her most recent adventures led her to trying out for the Ultimate Fighter Season 20. Unfortunately for her, once again she did not make the cut to be included on the show.
Undaunted, she vows to continue pursuing a dream of one day fighting in the UFC in her home country of Mexico!