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I was waitressing for 12 hours: Miranda Maverick share her inspiring story

LockerRoom Team
20 February 2024

Fans of UFC women's flyweight contender Miranda Maverick recently found themselves captivated by her latest social media post, showcasing a glimpse into her personal journey.

Maverick, who demonstrated her promising future in the division with a stellar performance against Andrea Lee on the early preliminary card of UFC 298, solidified her potential with a victory via unanimous decision.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Maverick unveiled a poignant narrative of her past struggles and relentless dedication to her craft. Reflecting on her journey from balancing MMA training with a full-time job prior to her UFC career, Maverick shared a striking revelation:

"I was telling a story to my husband today laughing about how five years ago I would have to wake up on Sunday morning after my fight and get straight to work for a 12-hour shift waitressing at Cracker Barrel. That doesn’t seem like too long ago where I was still so poor working a full-time job, being a full-time student, and training full-time and I still could not afford my rent per month if I took a full weekend off. I would have black eyes, a concussion, my leg in a cast after knee surgery, and still go to work because I couldn't afford not to."

The tenacity and perseverance embedded in Maverick's journey were further underscored as she emphasized, "My point? The hustle pays off eventually! Work towards big goals and push yourself. I would never be where I am now if it weren’t for harder times."

Maverick's candid reflection resonated deeply with fans, serving as a testament to the resilience and determination required to thrive in the competitive realm of mixed martial arts. As Maverick continues to ascend in her career, her story of triumph over adversity serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes worldwide.

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