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Jinh Yu Frey: Beauty, Brains and Brawn

Scott Hirano, Invicta FC

Invicta FC  fighter Jinh Yu Frey’s stock is rising.

She is quickly becoming one of the stars of Invicta’s atomweight division. Despite bearing beauty by just about any definition of the word, that’s not what’s winning fans over. She’s more than a pretty face, and she’s proving it each time out.

Frey impressed fans and media during Invicta FC 14 fight week when she explained that she trained for her fight while finishing graduate school. After completing a two-year graduate program, Frey earned a master’s degree in business administration this past August. Even more impressive, she graduated summa cum laude and was the class valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. In addition to training and school, she also juggles a day job working with cancer patients.

Frey also knows how to market herself and create a media and fan frenzy. During the Invicta 14 weigh-ins, she arrived dressed as video game character Chun-Li from the “Street Fighter” video game series. Her weigh-in photos quickly circulated the internet, causing old-school video gamers to geek out.

Frey then took care of business last night at Invicta FC 14 when she defeated Liz McCarthy via unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28. This win improves Frey’s professional record to 4-1.

She could become a major player in Invicta’s atomweight division, with her latest victory pushing her that much closer to breaking the top 10. Rising in popularity, she could be in line for a title shot in the near future.

MMA promoters have learned that beautiful girls who can fight draw good ratings and sponsors. However, Frey’s looks are only helpful if she keeps winning. Beautiful women like Ronda Rousey, Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas and Michelle Waterson have become hugely popular not only because of their looks, but because they win fights.

Although Frey has only had five professional fights, the 30-year-old Texas native has the goods to become a huge success.

She first burst onto the scene in 2013 when a highlight reel knockout of Darla Harris went viral. Frey rocked Harris with a kick to the head, then finished the fight with a devastating left that knocked Harris unconscious. The knockout was so impressive that Frey became a YouTube sensation. However, the limelight hasn’t dimmed. The video of the knockout received over 2 million views.  If you missed it, you can check it out here:

Frey has impressive knockout power for a 105-pound fighter, but she also has a solid ground game attributed to her jiu-jitsu background. She proved that she had solid submission skills when she submitted Cassie Robb and Meghan Wright in the first round of both fights. In fact, the only blemish on Frey’s record is a controversial split-decision loss to veteran Jodie Esquibel last year.

With an impressive highlight reel and model quality appearance, she is easily marketable.  This is especially so in the atomweight division, which is struggling for star power.

Look for Invicta to test Frey with a top 10 atomweight in her next bout. If Frey can keep winning, a potential title shot in 2016 is likely.

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