This past Sunday, Jan. 10, I had the privilege to talk to Raquel ‘Lionheart’ Pa’aluhi who was kind enough to take time out of her schedule, in her week leading up to her fight at Invicta FC 15 Jan. 16. Giving us an inside look at the struggle of her journey as a mixed martial arts fighter, her hopes and dreams, thoughts about her opponent Colleen Schneider, the impact of the UFC streaming her fights now on Fight Pass, Invicta FC and much more.

Raquel Pa'aluhi

Invicta FC – Raquel Pa’aluhi

Below is a summary of the interview with a breakdown of the topics discussed in the order we conversed about them

– Her friendship with UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk

– The backstory of her fight-nickname ‘Lionheart’

– The journey in the fight game, the struggle with its up and downs

– Giving props to Invicta FC

– How the Reebok sponsorship in the UFC has impacted her and others fighting on Fight Pass positively

– Speaking about her move from Wai’anae, Hawaii to Las Vegas to join Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu and how impressed she is with Robert Drysdale as a coach and human being

– Training with Dewey Cooper at Mayweather Boxing Club and Roy Jones Jr Fight Academy

Raquel with her dad

– Wanting to fight more often and the trouble of getting fights since many bantamweights from Invicta joined the UFC

– How her MMA record doesn’t reflect of what she is truly capable of

– 2014 & 2015 No Gi championships and 2015 IBJJF purple belt Pan Ams

– Thoughts on her next opponent, Colleen Schneider

– Her win streak and collecting bonus checks for her performances

– On still wanting a title-shot, but at the same time reevaluating and just wanting to fight.

– Thoughts of current Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger

– Reaction to opponents falling out (Irene Aldana)

– Impact of UFC/Reebok partnership

– Importance of sponsorship

– Hope of joining the UFC one day?

– If she had to choose between title shot in Invicta FC or join the UFC

– Goals for 2016

– The number of fights left on her contract

About The Author

Christian Larusson
Staff Writer

Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.