Meet Glena Avila

Updated: June 26, 2011

Ranger Up sponsored 52 fighters in 2010, but one thing was abundantly clear to us – there weren’t enough hot chicks. We’ve dedicated ourselves to remedying that in 2011 by supporting Liz Carmouche, Jordan McDonald, and Glena Avila. Glena works admissions for a long-term Veterans Administration nursing home in her native Oregon, so she’s got a soft spot for our boys in uniform.

Like Soldiers these days, Glena is always on the go. She trains an hour and a half from her home because Rise Above MMA is the only gym in Oregon with chicks as bad as her, so she’s willing to drive ninety minutes, four times a week for the training there. That Road Warrior lifestyle takes its toll on being a single mom of a 17 and 9 year old, but it’s worth it when two other hot chicks strap a belt of leather and gold around her waist.

Looking at Glena, you might not realize she’s older than most amateur MMA fighters. Truth be told, she had no intention to fight until she saw a YouTube video of Gina Carano kicking the snot out of someone (okay, we made that up). She immediately ran out back and started sparring with an oak tree…and won. In her first fight, Glena took out a local Muay Thai champ in one round and got an immediate title shot for the women’s 135 pound title. She won that too. That’s prison style “I’m going to call out the barn boss and kick her ass” mentality that we like.

Another reason we like her is she’s under no false pretenses. Glena is like the kid who gets called up from the practice squad and runs through the competition to make a name for himself. She aims to fight for a few years, build a name, become a coach, and train other fighters. She’s like the Tom Brady of MMA. Here’s our list of reasons to like Glena:

There’s an old adage in gyms that says, “Punching someone in the face means you care.” While going in for a shot she took a knee to the temple and knocked herself out. She woke up and apologized for getting knocked out.

Glena has never uttered the phrases, “get a whiff of that one,” or “seek medical attention for an erection lasting more than four hours.”

She trained with Cyborg Santos once. That will come in handy when she kicks her ass.

Glena loves Patti LaBelle as much as we do…which is not at all.

Check out Glena’s website here – http://www.heartlessmma.com/





  1. dr Igor Marich-San Jose,Ca

    May 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I am really encouraged by your example,to start fighting at 35 without having any previous background in fighting sports is really courageous and inspiring.
    I did box as an amateur for 3 years when I was younger now I teach sports medecine in Stanford med. school.If you need any medical advice concerning your training or injuries,let me know,I`ll be glad to help.
    I am a medical doctor and my specialty are neuromuscular disorders.

  2. Rick

    August 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    “Gina Carano” and “an erection lasting more than four hours” in the same article. Coincidence? I think not.

    Good on ya, Glena. You have more cajones than most guys I know.

    And RU, fix the typo in the title. You left the “a” off the end of her first name.

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