This is the second part of my Interview of female fighter Kelly Creegan. Part two is in two video parts: Part 3 at top, Part 4 above here.
See and read about Part 1 of our conversation here.
Sitting with Kelly in the patchy shade at the far end of the gym, I’m struck by how easy she is to talk to. When I ask her questions about the path that brought her here and the experiences she’s had along the way, Kelly is quick to answer; not because she doesn’t think about her responses, but because she’s confident in the decisions she’s made on the way to this point, and the current fork in the road that will lead her to the next stage.
And she’s very even-keel. Kelly has accomplished heights that many might use as brag sheets for the rest of their lives and she’s also experienced lows that could send many of us home, but she takes both in stride and speaks about each with the same calm tone and acceptance that demonstrates her ability to handle each in turn. In many ways this is what is expressed in Kelly’s fighting as well. She takes hits to give them – she’s not evasive or overly concerned about the technical execution of a move; rather, it’s about the effectiveness, how they all work within the fight. That, to me, is a real fighter. I’d like to be more like Kelly in that way, actually.
If you’d like to see more female fighters that I’ve interviewed over the years check out: The 10 Female fighters I’ve Interviewed