Next to Hulk Hogan as “Mr. Nanny,” MMA fighter Tiffany Conama just might be the toughest nanny out there. Considering The Hulkster only played one on the screen, we’re going to have to give the edge to Tiffany.
“I am a Nanny. I have been since I got out of high school. It pays really well and I am my own boss and can make my schedule work around training, which is my priority. I also teach at my gym.”
Let’s start with your stats.
I’m 21, 5-3, about 130lbs everyday weight and fight at 115lbs (strawweight).
What’s your fight record?
How did you get your start fighting?
I started jiujitsu when I was 17 – a senior in high school!
It wasn’t until after I started training that I learned about MMA. I had no idea it ever existed, although I do have a vivid memory from about 12 years ago when I was very little, flipping through the TV channels and stopping on a televised fight.
A man was up against the cage and a ton of punches landed on his bloodied face on a yellow canvas. It traumatized me without a doubt. And then years later, here I am doing the exact thing!
But who doesn’t want to travel the world and fight people? I’ve had so many amazing opportunities to travel and that’s always been a huge passion of mine.
Were you athletic growing up?
I was. I did cheerleading and softball, but I wasn’t really passionate about anything until I found jiujitsu. But I had always been aggressive and would play fight with cousins and mom.
What are your goals as a fighter?
To be the best! Top ranked fighter in UFC or Bellator. But I want to just be able to train stress free and not have to work. Just travel, fight and learn! I want to be able to inspire people and entertain them.
Favorite female fighter and why?
Rose Namajunas. She’s always been a favorite of mine even before she won the belt. She’s got the best no fucks given attitude and knows what she wants. We also have a similar body type/fighting style so I get a lot of inspiration from her.
What’s one thing about you that people would be surprised to know?
Probably the fact that I work as a nanny for those who know me as a fighter. For everyone else, the fact that I’m a fighter is definitely something that surprises a lot of people.
What three words best describe you?
Driven, adventurous and a self-sufficient badass.
Most exciting/thrilling thing you’ve ever done in your life?
I’ve done a quite a few things. I must say getting into the cage is the most exhilarating thing I’ve done. There is no other feeling than that walk to the cage and getting your hand raised; knowing everyone is watching you and all the hard work, the hours of training and the sacrifices are all worth it. Just knowing I’m living my dream.
Three things (no people, pets or friends) you can’t live without?
I’m not very materialistic, so I’ll have to say my team/gym, my car and I admit, my phone, considering it’s never out of my sight.
Anything else we should know about you or that you would like to add?
Just that I am extremely thankful and blessed to be able to live my dream and inspire others to do the same. No matter how hard you might think it is, being happy and doing what you love is the most important thing!
Highlights of Tiffany’s fight at AMA29: