Posted on 4th January 2017

Danielle Taylor, an up-and-coming contender in the UFC women’s 115-pound division, has signed on with EPOK. Taylor, 27, is currently 8-2 as a professional and 1-1 inside the Octagon. She most recently earned a hard-fought split decision victory over See Heo Ham at UFC Fight Night 101 this past November.

“Signing with EPOK, I feel like this will blow up my career,” Taylor said. “Just being around a few of their other athletes like Alan Jouban and Tiffany van Soest I see how well they are taken care of. I know Alan personally because he’s my teammate. I’ve seen his career grow so much. EPOK and I have been game planning on what we are going to do in the new year, and I can already see my career going very far and I’m super excited about it.”

‘Dynamite,’ as she is known, is based out of California and trains alongside Jouban at Saekson Muay Thai, under the tutelage of Julio Trana. What separates Taylor from most other strawweight fighters is her aspiring career in law enforcement. When she isn’t training, Taylor works as a corrections officer for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. When she began working there in 2010 she sought to learn self-defence, which ultimately lead her on the path to an MMA career.

It’s a delicate balance between 48-hour work weeks at Wayside Jail in Los Angeles, Calif., and plenty of gruelling training sessions as she continues to sharpen her fighting skills, but she lives for the challenge and is determined to succeed in both endeavours.

“I’m looking to, of course, grow in my career with the LA Sheriff’s Department and keep developing in that as well,” Taylor said. “And with MMA, the drive I have right now … I know what I want to do in this division. It’s just time to put in that work.”

Taylor says she is looking to get back into the Octagon in February or March and continue to build on the momentum from 2016 where she achieved a huge goal by making her UFC debut. And now that she’s there, she has her sights on climbing up the ranks and making some noise in the women’s strawweight division.

“I’m hungry. I want to get back in there. I got that ‘W’ last time out and I want to build off from it. I still want to grow and develop and get faster and stronger, but I seriously just want to get back in there.”

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