Glamorous Aussie UFC star reveals the lowest point in her battle with alcoholism, how MMA saved her, the meaning behind her tatts – and her tie to Ebanie Bridges
- Jessica Rose-Clark details decision to get sober
- Aussie UFC star reveals her favourite tattoos
- Clark fights on Sunday against tough Brazilian
Aussie UFC star Jessica-Rose Clark is preparing to make her ninth walk to the Octagon when she takes on Tainara Lisboa on Sunday – but whatever the result is, Clark can say she is winning at life.
The Brisbane bantamweight, 35, has overcome domestic violence and alcohol addiction while competing against some of the toughest women on the planet.
Clark, who has impressive wins over the likes of Paige VanZant and Bec Rawlins, revealed she knew she had to stop drinking altogether when her hangovers prevented her from improving her life.
‘I knew for a long time that I had to quit drinking,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The final straw was when I decided to go to church with my strength coach and his wife and his kids – but I was too hungover to go.
Jessica-Rose Clark has overcome domestic violence and alcohol addiction while competing against some of the toughest women on the planet
Clark says training in combat sports is a great way of overcoming addiction issues
‘I was sick throwing up in the shower, hungover.
‘I remember sitting in the shower crying and thinking I’d made this decision to do something positive for my life and to be around good people and instead I can’t go because I decided to do something toxic that wasn’t helping me.
‘I was choosing a negative over a positive. That was the day that I realised how often I was doing and said, I’m done, that’s it.’
The Aussie says training in combat sports is a great way to overcome addiction issues and recommends it to anybody who is struggling.
‘Combat sports give you something to consistently put your focus and energy into,’ she said.
‘You get consistent, small accomplishments. You can set tangible and attainable goals.
‘I was heavily into alcohol because I was emotionally unhappy. Now when I’m unhappy I go to the gym or go for a run.’
Fans of the UFC often compare Clark to the famous DC comics character Harley Quinn, and also sometimes confuse her with Aussie boxing champion Ebanie Bridges.
Clark is not surprised by the comparison – and she’s a huge fan of the Blonde Bomber.
Clark is often compared to Aussie boxing world champion Ebanie Bridges – and she doesn’t mind that one bit
Clark is preparing to make her ninth walk to the Ocatagon when she takes on Tainara Lisboa
‘I’ve never met Ebanie – we’re social media friends,’ says Clark.
‘I’m a big fan of hers, though. I would love to have the opportunity to train with her. I think we would have a lot of fun together.’
Like Bridges, Clark is a tattoo enthusiast and says it’s hard to choose what her favourite piece of ink is.
‘I have many,’ she explained.
‘I have three for Mum. We have the same Elvis “Love Me Tender” tattoo that we got done together. I have my dogs tattooed on my leg.
‘I have a “Well, f**k” candy heart tattoo. Because when things are going wrong and you don’t have any control, that’s all you can say.’
The fighter is going to be commemorating her return to the Octagon with a walkout song by Aussie hip hop trio Bliss n Eso and is determined to have her hand raised afterwards.
‘I’m prepared for whatever version of my opponent comes out,’ she says.
‘All I’ll say is that by the end of the night I’ll be walking out with a win.’