July 14, 2021
Miami, Fl- Chiropractor Eli Avila (0-1) wanted to understand how her patients injuries occurred.
So, she enrolled in a mixed martial arts gym and decided to train.
Avila will make her Combate Global debut against Daniela “Tiny Mexa” Hernandez (1-0) in an atomweight scrap inside la jaula this Friday, July 16. The event will be broadcasted on Paramount + starting with live coverage at 10:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. followed by live fight action at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT and Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and TUDN USA (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) and TUDN MEX (11 p.m. local time) in Mexico.
“Originally, I wanted to train because of my job. I am a licensed chiropractor and I wanted to understand how injuries occurred with my patients so I can offer better service. Later, I continued to train because I was overweight,” said Avila, who works for Bamboo Salud Integral.
Fighters she would attend would invite her to events.
“When I would see them in action, I would be emotional and think that I too could try it out,” she said. “I wanted to be there.”
Currently, she trains with Toshinkaikan TGV, where fellow Combate Global fighters David and Mely Martinez also train. Her head coach is Ricardo Martinez.
Prior to competing in mixed martial arts, the brown belt in karate practiced soccer, but she is now fully focused in her professional career as a fighter.
She obtained her degree from the Universidad Estatal del Valle de Ecatepec.
Obtaining her degree was difficult since her family faced economic woes.
“I needed to start to work in restaurants and banquet halls to take pictures while I studied,” she said.
This will be the second time Avila competes against Hernandez as both met in a national mma event in 2019. Avila is looking for revenge as the first match was a defeat for her.
However, Avila is looking forward to Friday, but also has her sights on upcoming international kickboxing tournaments.