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Connector of the day: Rosi Sexton

October 28th, 2009
10:57 AM ET

Where does one begin to define Rosi Sexton: PhD, businesswoman, writer or mother? But despite all these feats, Sexton may be better known for her accomplishments in a sport that has been derided by some critics as the equivalent of human cock-fighting. She is the most successful professional female mixed-martial artist and cage fighter in Britain.[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/28/art.sexton.jpg caption="Rosi Sexton has lost only one of the 10 mixed martial arts bouts of her career."]

Rosi Sexton has lost only one of the 10 mixed martial arts bouts of her career.

Having already received her doctorate in integrated computer science from the University of Manchester as well as a mathematics degree from Cambridge, Sexton is in the final year of an osteopathy course at Oxford.

While balancing a full academic load, Sexton finds time to run a gym in Oxford, write a regular column and feature articles for a magazine while looking after her four-year-old son.

But as Sexton would reluctantly admit, nobody can multi-task quite like her. Sexton has fought Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches since 2002 in the U.S., UK, Costa Rica, Russia, and Canada. Her most recent fight was on June 19, 2009 which she won resoundingly. She has lost only one of her 10 MMA bouts.

Unsurprisingly, Sexton has neglected other hobbies amid her busy life but has hinted she hopes to be a concert pianist once again. Until then, she will be appearing on the show later this week as Connector of the Day to talk about how she engages in a violent sport whilst balancing career, hobbies and motherhood.

Send your comments and questions to us and we’ll put the most interesting ones to Sexton on this Thursday’s show.

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. tajebe.t

    It is undeniable fact that it is hard to be through in various careers and habits in the life span. How can Rosi reconcile the self internal conflict, the protogonist and antagonist characters, to coup up with multi challanges as female, mother?

    October 28, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  2. william

    Huh? I just thought she was an amazing women. A real inspiration.

    November 4, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  3. Mike Welford

    What strategies would you employ to defeat Cyborg? Including your one loss, do you feel that you have been adequately challenged in the ring and what was your most severe combat related injury? Can you take the top spot from Gina Carano as the hottest fighter out there?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  4. Siyad Hajir

    You are amulti -task woman and amother of four year old son,so what do you want your son to do as acareer?do you want your son to join the boxing with you or you want him to be amathematician as you are or to be sciencetist as you do.
    What career do you think is the best among your careers.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  5. Guido

    Great gal.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  6. Ken

    What do you do to get yourself mentally prepare for fight. How do you turn on the hate, the anger or the emotion to go out and beat someone into submission?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  7. Rev Barbara MacLennan

    I agree with the 'huh' but I will add....I just hope she doesn't crash and burn and in the meantime...WOW! I would like to ask though...how does she maintain a peaceful heart and karma...as she must to be this diverse and accomplished. Loving martial arts as I do, I would be most interested in her response.

    Congratulations for achievements in various typically male dominated sports and professions.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  8. Mario Miranda

    Sexton is hot!!! She can beat me up anytime.

    November 5, 2009 at 12:43 am | Reply
  9. Donoban

    It's even significant enough to mention that her only loss in her MMA career was against one of the top MMA fighters in the world, a fighter who in normal circumstances in other physical contact sports would not be considered within the same weight class to fight Sexton, but she did hold up her end more than well enough. The video of that fight is available on YouTube...

    November 5, 2009 at 12:44 am | Reply
  10. Charles Lin

    Too many directions for her life and career could reduce her chance of professional accomplishment and lost her inspiration. CSL

    November 5, 2009 at 2:35 am | Reply
  11. nene

    I agree with william – huh? i need all my energy just to get through my one job! and I've no kids!!. Truly an awe-inspiring woman. I wouldn't worry to much about her internal conflict (if any). I'm dealing with mine, which is how to get that much more out of my own life!!

    November 5, 2009 at 6:20 am | Reply
  12. Christy

    This is amazing that Rosi Sexton can do all that. I now believe some people are better at multitasking than others. I used to nag people that could not do many things at once but someone like Rosi will help me to learn and grow into a better person.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:26 am | Reply
  13. Strychnine

    I personally know a psychatrist and an M.D. who both practice MMA and they love it. BIG props to Rosi who can do all this!

    November 5, 2009 at 10:52 am | Reply
  14. Peter

    She must have a screw loose.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:17 am | Reply
  15. skgustavson

    Who looks after the son and household when she is doing all this things?
    There must be another side to this story that isn't so 'fabulous'.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:33 am | Reply
  16. Musenge

    Why do it? why take the risk when you can easily live a 'normal' life? thrills and spills right, but there sum things women shouldn't be doing, that is one of them. We love you, just dnt do it, again, ever!

    November 5, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  17. Tim

    What pursuit brings you the most fulfillment right now? Do you think if you look back 10 years from now, future-you will agree with present-you?

    November 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  18. marty

    how did you get into mma?

    November 5, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  19. Avi Metcalfe

    People like this are generally not easy to be around. Loved ones and family must find minimal time slots to fit into - not a very human-level kind of connection, more like a task update with the CEO.

    November 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  20. mario

    This is something I always wanted to ask a MMA fighter: are you at all worried about traumatic brain injury? I had an accident about 2 years ago, and the brain injury has impacted my congnitive abilities quite drasticly. Since then I have been reading about this condition, and know that MMA fighters and pro wrestlers often are exposed to repeated concussions, which may leave some consequences (see e. g. Chris Benoit).

    November 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  21. Neil

    The first time you walked into a (MMA) gym, did people already know who you were through your reputation, or did you have to gain respect amongst fighters and trainers?

    November 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  22. Marlon

    What sort of support system does she have that allows her to pursue and excel in so many interests?

    No doubt though, she is an amazing woman.

    November 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  23. mike singer

    Dr Sexton

    Fighting damages the brain, no question about it. I'm a biologist, I know a bit about the nervous system.

    So the pugilistic aspect of your life will compromise those aspects that require intellect.

    Does this concern you or is it just worth it for the rush of the fight?

    November 5, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  24. Pat

    Fight when it is necessary – otherwise love should prevail.

    November 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  25. DC

    How do you manage all that ?
    Do you base your life on your faith ?

    November 5, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Reply


    November 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  27. consumedspirit

    question: if you can play the piano at a grandest concert this world can hold, what will you play and who will you want to have seated at the VIP rows of this concert. Where will you want it to be held as well? =)

    November 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Reply

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