Up and coming amateur Ashley “Dollface” Greenway is coming out of the gates strong with a 6-1 record and aims to turn professional soon. Fighting out of North Carolina’s Body Quest MMA with her husband Allen Greenway (MMA fighter), Greenway only has 2 years of experience. But with 7 fights already, she is wasting no time gaining experience and moving up the ranks.
Now 6-1 as an amateur, you’ve grown very quickly in a sport you really didn’t get started in until 2005. Can you tell the fans a little about yourself and what made you want to get into mixed martial arts?
Greenway: I started training when my husband and I opened up our first MMA gym in Hickory, NC more to just get back into shape. It wasn’t until 2011 when I started actually training to fight or even think about fighting. It was because of my husband Allen Greenway (pro fighter) that I decided to get into it in the first place. I guess being around him and everyone at the gym everyday I figured I was actually good at it so why not punch people legally 🙂 People that know me personally would tell you I am a meany some say I should change my name from Dollface to Meanyface, but I love to laugh and goof off but at the same time I can be serious and I am a very driven person.
Training with your husband at Body Quest MMA, a gym the two of you run, how challenging was it getting started while balancing being a mother and work along with training? How do you maintain the balance?
Greenway: My two boys Avione and Parker Greenway have been raised in our gym from birth so it makes it a little easier to train and do what I need to do for myself because they are so accustomed to it. We are a fighter family, my boys both started training at the ages of 4 and both actively compete in grappling competitions and just had their first exhibition matches in MMA and Kickboxing. We are at the gym 7 days a week more than at home. I am a hairstylist so I pretty much make up my own schedule in order to balance my crazy 3 workouts a day 7 days a week training schedule. I am always complaining about working out to much but my husband will scream at me (in the nicest way possible) that I have no time to be lazy… lol… so I pretty much suck it up and do it.
How many more AMMY fights are you planning before taking the leap in to the professional fights?
Greenway: I feel I am ready to make the leap into turning Pro. I already train like one. I hold 2 titles, along with 3 fight of the nights, one submission of the night and fight of the year for 2012 awards and have stopped most of my opponents. I am in hopes to make my Pro debut early 2014.
You are definitely known for your hairstyles, tattoos and basically being fun. Every interview you really seem to be having fun, shows how much really enjoy what you are doing. Is having fun with it a big part of what makes you who you are? How would you describe your style outside the cage?
Greenway: I would def say I am fun. I try to live my life that way. I can get along with about anyone. Being a hairstylist I’ve always tried crazy things on my own hair so I am not afraid to do anything drastic (if you cant tell from my current aka Miley mohawk). I’m glad I’m not normal and boring that’s no fun. I love to stand out. That is how you are remembered. Outside of fighting and training my passion is decorating. I love to paint its like therapy to me. My walls at home would look like the inside of a jawbreaker if you started chipping at them. I am constantly changing my house it drives my family crazy. My kids call me weird, is that nice? lol.
With the explosion of women’s MMA in the last year plus and really dating back as far as the Gina Carano era, what are your thoughts on the growth of women in the sport and who are some of the women you want to get in to the cage with and mix it up with? Recently, you said you wanted to join Invicta eventually. Any women you have a target on?
Greenway: I think its great with everything that is happening for WMMA. I am glad to be able to always say I was apart of it. This is only the beginning for women in this sport and as it grows more and more women will come out and challenge themselves. I am really looking forward to 2014 this will be a BIG year for women and I plan on big things for myself. I have goals that are set personally and I will not stop until they are all met. Getting a chance to fight in Invicta as my Pro debut is my first and foremost goal. I think with my only loss coming to Tecia Torres and an impressive 6 wins with most of them by stoppages that I deserve a shot in the big show. As far as anyone I am looking to fight, I don’t really have anyone in mind but I think as far as a good match ups I would say Jordan Gaza, Delaney Owens or Rebecca Heintzman. Honestly I’m ready for anyone and really hope I get the call.
You’ve said Anderson Silva is your favorite fighter. As with most people, the greatest of all time is a tremendous inspiration. Do you try and take some of his game and mix it with yours? And why did you start admiring the “Spider”?
Greenway: I WISHED. Silva I don’t think is human lol.. I have tried to use his techniques in the gym and lets just say its not successful. I love the confidence he has. His ability to do whatever he wants whenever he wants and makes it work.
Your only loss came to Tecia Torres in a 5 round decision. How hard did you take that loss and what did you learn from it to make you better in the future?
Greenway: I will never forget my fight with Tecia. She is a HUGE inspiration to me. I was still in my first year of competing when I fought her for the title. I took that fight on a 13 day notice and cut right at 16 pounds on a same day weigh in for that fight. We fought for the total 20 minutes and by the second round I felt like I was fighting out of my body. It was the hardest, most scariest, mentally and most physically demanding fight I have ever had. I remember everything like it just happened yesterday. I took that loss very hard at that time, I knew it was all my fault no one else, because of my poor decisions that I made prior to the fight on my weight cut and becoming severally dehydrated and rushing into the biggest fight of my career I think of it everyday. It sometimes haunts me, but I am thankful for the experience I had with Tecia if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be the fighter I am today. She made me work for the longest 20 mins of my life to survive. I cant explain to you how I felt but it was definitely a moment I hold with me every time I train every time I fight, I think of how I felt in that fight what I did wrong to myself and because of that experience I have completely changed who I am as a fighter and as a person. Tecia showed me that fighting is the hardest thing in this world to do and only you can determine the outcome for what you put in. I am stronger and most important wiser and its all thanks to one of my favorite fighters Tecia Torres.
As a fighter, what was your most memorable fight and as a fan what is the one fight that either made you love this sport or really stands out as your favorite of all time. If you had your pick, anyone throughout the history of MMA, who would be your dream opponent?
Greenway: My most memorable fight other than Tecia would have to be my last fight against Ashley Miller from New York. It was in Sept 2013 for the 115 Victory Combat Sports Title, they flew me up to New York and treated me like gold. I beat the hometown girl in the first round with the sickest bolt lock arm bar (I still see her arm bending backwards). I’ve been so lucky to get to go to New York 2 times now all expenses paid and that by far it the coolest thing so far.
Ashley, thanks for taking the time. Anyone you’d like to thank (Sponsors)? And where can fans find more info on you or stay up to date with you?
Greenway: I would first off like to thank you guys at Art of MMA for giving me this opportunity to share who I am with you. I Want to let my husband Allen Greenway know that I am so blessed to have you in my life and thank you for everything you do and continue to do each day for me. Most of all, always believing in me. I would also like to thank a couple of my sponsors Daron James and Sam at Diamond Thieves Tattoo Marion & Asheville, NC these guys have been with me since my first AMMY fight and are really great guys, Dr. Howard Fidler with X-ION-X Bands, Derrick Allen, Rage Fights, and Duomachy. You guys are all awesome and I really am so grateful to have each and every one of you on my team. Follow me at @greenwayashley on Twitter and facebook.com/ashleygreenway also take a look at my website Ashleygreenway.com.