Some people step into the cage anticipating that one day in the near future they are going to earn big money. They see fighters on television, competing in the sport that they love, and they see all the glitz and glamour that can go with it. Others fight for the challenges, to always be out there trying to better themselves. Then there are those that fight for family. Belinda Sedgwick counts herself as part of that group.

“I like to step out of my comfort zone, and I do all of this for my boys,” she admitted in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “I have three boys, aged three, eight and nine, and I want to show them that if you do believe in something and if you try your hardest you can succeed.”

For most fighters, the transition to mixed martial arts is often a natural one from a different sport. Boxing, karate, judo, jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai have all seen champions go off to become successful mixed martial artists. However, combat sport experience is not a requirement for those seeking to make their way into the world of MMA competition. Anyone can fall in love with mixed martial arts and go on to follow their dreams of fighting inside the cage.

“I always watched it on TV and thought that I’d have a crack at it,” Sedgwick said. “I don’t have any other background in combat sports. MMA is the first combat sport I have ever competed in and I know that it’s what I want to do with my life.”

Having someone close to you who is as dedicated to helping your career as you are can provide a great deal of support. For Sedgwick, that support comes from her husband and his help in the day-to-day comings and goings of their life. His support has allowed her to chase her dream of being a full-time professional fighter.

“My husband, Michael, is really great and he does all my conditioning and everything,” she said. “I really appreciate everything that he does and how much he supports me. We both want to see me continue developing in the sport, and his help is very important to me.”

Going into the Storm Damage one-night featherweight title eliminator, Sedgwick finds herself on the back of two losses from two professional bouts. Yet she doesn’t let her setbacks in the cage dishearten her from competing again as she embraces more time inside the cage.

“I’ve gone away and worked on a lot of things,” she explained. “I think that I have gotten a lot better since my last fights, and I know where I went wrong. I have been working a lot on my Muay Thai and have really been working on my wrestling a lot, but, having a striking base, I do hope to keep the [fight] standing.”

When Sedgwick enters the Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium on Aug. 31 for her third professional bout, there is no doubt that whether it’s a win, a loss or a draw, the result of the fight itself isn’t the only thing that matters. Although a championship belt would be nice, Sedgwick’s ability to set an example for her boys and show them that they can do anything they set their minds to, that’s the real gold. In fact, it’s the type of gold that she will be able to hold onto forever.

Belinda would like to thank Discount Health and Fitness Queanbeyan, Eddie from MMA Apparel, Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia (FACAA), Stockade, Storm MMA, Spider Dragon and UTC St. Mary’s. Follow Sedgwick on Twitter: @Bellringea

Photo: Belinda Sedgwick (Facebook)