Chippewa of the Thames MMA fighter preparing for title bout

ST. CATHARINES – The Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) will bring the Women’s Straw-weight Championship to MInnesota, and will showcase Ashley Nichols, a member of the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation.

Nichols, 36, is a mixed martial arts fighter and will be competing for the LFA’s straw-weight title with a weight maximum of 115 pounds on Sept. 16, against the current title-holder, Jacqueline Amorim of Brazil

The bout will be staged at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and earning the title could change the trajectory of Nichols career. The LFA is not considered one of the elite MMA organizations, but success at this level might lead to bigger opportunities.

Aspiring to become a UFC fighter, in the last decade, Nichols won both amateur and pro world Muay Thai championships. She decided to have her first MMA pro fight in 2013, which opened her up for a loss but subsequent an extensive training.

Upon returning to MMA fighting in 2017, Nichols won three straight matches, but then suffered back-to-back losses in 2018.

After a break, she returned to the sport once again and this past February, she won her first fight back in the arena. That event was held at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

Nichols’ pro MMA record is now 4-3-0, while Amorim, 27, is undefeated in the pro ranks, having won all five of her matches thus far.

The event will be available worldwide on ‘UFCFightPass’ at 9 p.m. ET.

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