Actuators.

Kinematics.

Revolute joints.

Only a minority of professional fighters could tell you what any of that means. It’s not exactly something that is run through during drills or sparring. Alex Chambers, though, she is one of the few that could tell you all of this, and so much more.

Chambers (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Chambers (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

“I was going on to do a degree in Robotics Engineering, but martial arts kind of got in the way of that [laughs]. Martial arts has always been a big part of my life,” Chambers, who is now set to embark on a career in the UFC, admitted in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “I didn’t really think that the [strawweight] division would happen while I was still competing, so it’s an exciting opportunity. It was a little frustrating that it’s been such a long time since I had competed, but I know that Invicta was having some problems unrelated to the fight game that were out of their control as well as only running a couple of shows. There were other girls who they needed to put on first. I’ve kind of gotten used to the fact that there aren’t as many fights available to me.”

A lot of the competitors who were chosen to compete in the first all women’s season of The Ultimate Fighter reality television series took to social media to recall their reactions when UFC President Dana White called them to give them the good news. The surprise was certainly there for Chambers, albeit it came in a different form altogether.

“It was such a funny story,” Chambers admitted. “I was waiting for an appointment and was sitting in a waiting room playing with my phone and I noticed I had all these messages and notifications saying congratulations and stuff. At first, I was just thinking, ‘For what!?’ and then I saw that my name was listed for the season and I just thought it was some kind of hoax [laughs]. I thought that surely I would have heard if I was. It just kept coming and coming and I couldn’t get in touch with my coach to confirm it, so I had no idea. I got sent a link that was from the UFC website, and I thought that it looked pretty legit. When [UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby called me to explain some things, that’s when I guess it became real for me.”

With some of the competitors who have been chosen to take part in the TUF 20 season also being some of the most vocal and outspoken fighters in mixed martial arts, it’s set to be a whole new experience for the soft-spoken, Sydney-based fighter, who plans to be herself and let her fighting do the talking.

“I’m really excited, and I see this opportunity as a major one for me,” she said. “At times I think about how hard it will be, not having access to all the things that we are so used to now, like the Internet and social media. I’m naturally pretty quiet and I don’t know, that might work as an advantage for me in that environment. I’m not looking to fly under the radar or anything, though, and I know with some of the personalities in there that it’s going to be very interesting.”

Chambers (L) (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Chambers (L) (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Richy Walsh, who is one of Chambers’ training partners and also a close friend, is fresh off competing in The Ultimate Fighter: Nations, and being able to draw on his experiences on foreign soil inside The Ultimate Fighter house is something that Chambers can utilize as a perfect learning experience.

“It’s good, because things are fresh in his mind about how it all was and the overall experience,” she said. “Obviously, he can’t talk about anything to do with the show as such, but it’s good to get some insight into things like training and how to cope with certain things going on.

“I’m really looking forward to being able to train with other fighters my own size. That’s the big thing. It’s not that often that we can train with other girls our own size because there just aren’t enough of us competing [in Australia]. I’m looking forward to seeing how they all train and prepare.”

Although the idea of a having a life devoted to science—and earning good money to compensate—may have been something of a dream for Chambers throughout her years at University, that desire to better herself through the exploration of martial arts took over. And really, there aren’t many other people that study the vast array of sciences that can say that they get to punch somebody in the face to make a living.

Alex would like to thank F1 Nutrition, Level clothing, Bloodbath Fightwear, VT1 Gym and all of her teammates as well as her coaches, Liam and Dylan Resnekov. She would also like to extend a big thanks to Invicta FC, BRACE and the UFC. Last and not least, Alex would also like to thank every single one of her fans and supports, ‘it’s you that give us the opportunity to do what we love doing’ she adds.  Follow Chambers on Twitter: @alexchambersmma

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.