MMA fighter Brye Anne Russillo has been forced to fight in a heavier division for a rather unusual reason.
A 29-year-old pastry chef, Russillo will take on Paige Lian at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadow Park, New York, on Oct. 3.
Russillo normally fights at 155 pounds but has agreed to fight Lian, usually 145 pounds, at 150 pounds.
Russillo would like to fight at Lian's weight, but the catchweight is necessary because her breasts are too big.
Russillo told Kyle Carroll of MyMMANews.com in blunt terms that it was impossible to go down to 145 pounds for the fight: “I can’t cut my t--s off and put them on the side, they weigh 12 pounds,” she explained.
A single mother, Russillo got into MMA through cardio kickboxing classes, where she noticed others at the gym training to compete in the cage.
She hasn't looked back since.
“If you find a hobby late in life, follow it! I have a child and turning 30 in a couple of months, and I’m glad I followed my passion,” explained Russillo, who plans to teach martial arts to children in the future.
Russillo, who holds a 1-1 MMA record, said she ultimately hopes to fight at 135 pounds for her next bout.