Quantcast
  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014         

OUT THERE


TO ACCESS SUBSCRIBER CONTENT:
Current Print Subscribers
ACTIVATE account
- OR -
LOGIN or SUBSCRIBE
for full digital access

Queen of the cage

Samalia Berger-Mata‘afa, a one-time pioneer of wrestling in Hawaii, has goals of competing in the Olympics and winning a UFC world title

By Cindy Luis

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 14, 2012

~~<p>Australia. Finland. Morocco. Poland. It's been a personal &quot;Amazing Race&quot; for Samalia &quot;Lia&quot; Berger-Mata&lsquo;afa this year. She has chased her dream around the globe while waiting for the sport of MMA to catch up with her and the other female fighters.</p>
<p>Her passport stamps match the number of medals won, the last coming at November's Senior World Grappling, Pankration &amp; Amateur MMA World Championships in Krakow, Poland. Representing American Samoa, she won the female amateur MMA World Championship title at 145 pounds, running her amateur record to 4-0.</p>
~~

Australia. Finland. Morocco. Poland. It's been a personal "Amazing Race" for Samalia "Lia" Berger-Mata‘afa this year. She has chased her dream around the globe while waiting for the sport of MMA to catch up with her and the other female fighters.

Her passport stamps match the number of medals won, the last coming at November's Senior World Grappling, Pankration & Amateur MMA World Championships in Krakow, Poland. Representing American Samoa, she won the female amateur MMA World Championship title at 145 pounds, running her amateur record to 4-0. Login for more...



Login or sign up below for the complete story

Print Subscribers
ACTIVATION
Current print subscribers, activate your premium content account for unlimited online access & commenting
New Subscribers
Find subscription offers in your area and choose the package that suits your reading preferences.

14-DAY PASS
14 day premium online access and commenting ability on StarAdvertiser.com