Kristi Lopez: Academic, Nurse, and Fighter

Story, Photos, and Videos by Jose Cuevas

Verona, N.Y. – Bellator 182 at Turning Stone Resort this weekend has a stacked card consisting of 18 Mixed Martial Arts bouts. The first fight of the entire card will be undefeated Kristi “Loba” Lopez versus Jessica Sotack.

Kristi Lopez on the scale

Despite being a top Mixed Martial Arts prospect Lopez also has a very interesting backstory. Lopez holds two bachelors degrees, one in Teledramatic Arts and another in Nursing. Her studies allowed her to be a caregiver during the week while being a cagefighter over the weekend.

 Jessica Sotack (left) will take on Kristi Lopez (right) in a flyweight bout

In preparation for her upcoming fight she said she is ready and willing to engage in a slugfest with the dangerous striker Jessica Sotack.

Lopez says that Mixed Martial Arts have left a positive impact on her life and she is happy to be spending more time fighting while still working as a nurse part-time. She also talks about how Bellator is successful at promoting female fighters and how other sports can work to promote female athletes.

Bellator 182 will also feature four additional Women’s Mixed Martial Arts bouts:

                                                          Preliminary Women’s Bouts

 Sinead Kavanaugh (left) will take on Arlene Blencowe (right) in a bantamweight bout
Talita Nogueira (left) will take on Amanda Bell (right) in a featherweight bout.
 Kate Jackson (left) will take on Colleen Schneider (right) in a bantamweight bout.


Main Card Women’s Bouts    


                                                      

Bruna Ellen (left) versus Veta Arteaga (left) in a flyweight bout

You can see Kristi Lopez in action this Saturday August 25 at 6:30PM EST on Bellator.com as she kicks off the Bellator 182 prelims.

Check out Jose Cuevas’ full interview with Kristi Lopez here:

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