This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend and teammate, Bryanna “The Pink Ranger” Fissori. Bryanna trains mostly at the UFC Gym BJ Penn in Honolulu, HI with team Woman of War. Her coaches are Rich De Los Reyes and Guy Orogo. She is a bantamweight fighter who just moved up to the 145-pound weight to fight a featherweight bout. Her next fight is on June 26th in Mulvane, KS against Iony Razafiarison for Bellator. Keep an eye on this fighter she is going to do big things!

Q. What got you started in MMA?
A. When I was going to law school on the central coast of California I lived near “The Pit,” which is the training facility owned by John Hackleman, who coached UFC fighter Chuck Liddel and others. I started doing some of the conditioning work outs there. That was my first introduction, but I didn’t start training competitively until I moved to Hawaii and answered a Craigslist Ad for female sparring partners. Things progressed from there.

Q. How’d you get your fight name?
A. My first Jiu Jitsu gi was pink and my coaches and teammates started calling it the “pink ranger suit.” Eventually, every time I put it on I would say “It’s morphin’ time!” As a child growing up in the 90’s, it was a natural choice.

Q. Where do you train?
A. I train primarily out of the Honolulu UFC Gym with an awesome crew of female athletes at Team Women of War

Q. What’s your favorite move? (for example single leg takedown, superman punch)
A. Snuggle hold. Definitely the snuggle hold. If you don’t know what that is… well, just know that it is epic.

Q. What sets you apart from other fighters?
A. What sets me apart from other fighters is that I fight from a place of faith-based ferocity rather than anger or fear. I have a clear understanding that the only reason I have been able to follow this unlikely path from farm girl, to law school graduate, to MMA fighter is through my trust in the guidance of our heavenly father. I am happy to say that I am not the only one out there with a set of beliefs paving the way, but my journey has been so far out from anything I could have imagined for myself that my uniqueness lies in the power of the perseverance it has taken me to become the fighter I am.

Q. Who is your biggest inspiration?
A. Aside from Jesus, my teammates and my two coaches are my biggest inspirations. To bleed, sweat, laugh, and cry with people who have nothing but your best interest in mind is a beautiful thing. My coaches are probably the most selfless people I have ever met. Unconditional love is a punch in the face.

Q. Do you have any pre-fight rituals?
After every weigh-in, I like to enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, though sometimes this is difficult if we are on the road. One thing that is consistent is that my coaches and I read a bible passage together while we are waiting on the night of the fight.

Q. If you could train with any fighter who would it be?
A. If I could train with any fighter (obviously this one isn’t going to happen in this life) it would probably be Rocky Marciano. We are both Italian-American and I think he could have taught me a thing or two culturally and a thing or two about boxing.

Q. What do you want your fans to know about you?
A. Bellator 139! It’s Morphin’ Time!

Q. Who are your sponsors?
A. Slept
Fighters Corner
Myers Therapy
Jesus Didn’t Tap
Street Shine
Ebikes Hawaii/Juiced Rider
Sako Electric

Q. Anything you’d like to add?
A. I’m really blessed to be a part of an amazing crew not only with Team Women of War, but to be one in a whole host of amazing professional fighters coming out of Hawaiian islands. The warrior spirit is strong here, as is the aloha shared amongst the fighters.

About The Author

Jessica Doerner
Staff Writer

Jessica Doerner is a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter with a 5 and 3 professional record. She has also worked for the Air Force for over 14 years and is currently in the Hawaii Air Guard. Jessica has a Master’s degree in Sports and Health Science, Bachelors in Management/Healthcare, and Associates in Information Systems. She has a passion for all things health and fitness especially anything related to Mixed Martial Arts.