In just 9 days, the premiere MMA promotions in Chicago will host the biggest event to kick off the summer early with FIGHTCARD62:VICTORY. Putting on the best events in the area, FightCard looks for upcoming fighters to display their talents in front of their loyal fanbase. Whether a veteran fighter looking to make it to the next level, a "Rise Of The Gladiator" contestant looking to get the experience or someone stepping into the cage for the first time, knowing this moment will change their life forever.


On May 5th, Amanda Garcia will make her Fight Card debut against another first time fighter, Ifu Aniemeka, as both look to make a statement to the other fighters in their division, "I fight because it's what I love to do, no matter where life takes me, I always find my way into a fight gym. I'm happiest when I'm training and striving to be a better Martial Artist."

Training out of Victory Martial Arts Forest Park, Garcia carries the Fighter Nickname of "9 Lives", "...Because I just keep coming back" she laughs, "I've had a lot of setbacks but I've finally made it. This fight for FightCard is incredibly important to me. It's my debut as a fighter."

"This fight is for my husband, Cesar Garcia (also a FightCard Fighter) who was the first person to believe in me and support my dream and for my brother, Terry Lisk, who gave his life protecting this country so we can all pursue our dreams." Garcia states. Lisk and his unit was hit with indirect fire during combat operations in the volatile Anbar province west of Baghdad in 2006.

Amanda has a Tae Kwon Do background and trains in Boxing & Muay Thai. Her match against Aniemeka will be a Muay Thai Kickoxing bout at 130lbs. "If it weren't for the headgear, I'd win by knockout with spin kick but I guess I will have to go all 3 rounds and win on points."

Come out to Joe's LIVE in Rosemont on Sunday, May5th. Doors open at 4pm. First fight starts at 5pm. Support these two warriors as they step into the cage for the first time. General Admission is $35 & Level Seats are $50. Order Tickets at