Saturday, May 30, 2009
LaTasha Marzolla interview
Here's a video of Steve Cofield of Yahoo Sports interviewing aspiring MMA fighter LaTasha Marzolla and her trainer Shawn Tompkins. LaTasha will make her amateur MMA debut at tonight's Tuff 'N' Uff show in Las Vegas. Her name should ring a bell because LaTasha is a former Playboy Playmate and once was under a WWE developmental contract. But she has an extensive Muay Thai background and you can check out some of her fights by clicking on the thumbnails after the video plays. Don't let the Playboy stuff fool you. Tompkins trains LaTasha at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and of course she's very good friends with Gina Carano and like Gina, she was trained in Muay Thai by Master Toddy. She was on the Fight Girls TV show. LaTasha told Cofield that she's a mom now and has matured and probably wouldn't do Playboy now. But she did it for the money when she was younger and now she wants to prove herself as a fighter. Some fans may recall that she signed a WWE developmental contract in 2004 at a time when the WWE was trying to cultivate an ongoing relationship with Playboy. She trained to wrestle at Ohio Valley Wrestling but didn't last long. Reports at the time indicated that LaTasha suffered an ankle injury and those in charge of her training questioned her committment because of her reluctance to return to action when they thought she should. Translation: they thought she was dogging it but she probably wasn't. We'll see how she does tonight. Enjoy the video.