Miranda Granger (left) trains with her coach Charlie Pearson at Charlie’s Combat Club on Aug. 16 in Everett. Granger will be making her professional mixed martial arts debut on Friday at the Tulalip Resort Casino. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Miranda Granger (left) trains with her coach Charlie Pearson at Charlie’s Combat Club on Aug. 16 in Everett. Granger will be making her professional mixed martial arts debut on Friday at the Tulalip Resort Casino. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Snohomish martial-arts standout ‘Danger’ Granger is going pro

Miranda “Danger” Granger got to the point where she was just too dangerous for the competition.

The Snohomish native and Glacier Peak High School graduate built a reputation for herself in the local amateur mixed martial arts scene. So much so that no one would fight her.

Therefore, she’s joining the professional ranks.

Granger will make her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut Friday when she faces Nikki Lowe as part of Summer Showdown IV at the Tulalip Resort Casino, and she feels she’s ready for the jump from the amateur ranks.

“I’m just excited,” Granger said. “It’s a lot of pressure coming from such a good amateur record, but I have to remember it’s just another fight and I’m just getting in there to do what I’ve been training to do. I’ve been training for this particular fight for four or five straight months now, so I’m ready to go.”

Granger, a 25-year-old who fights out of Charlie’s Combat Club in Everett, is coming off a storied amateur career in which she went 10-0 — 5-0 in MMA and 5-0 as a kickboxer. She won five belts as an amateur, three in MMA and two in kickboxing.

And because of her success she was having difficulty booking opponents. Granger’s last fight was in February as part of Supreme Showdown 2 at the Tulalip Resort Casino, when she defeated Kaila Thompson by technical knockout in the second round. Since then every amateur fighter Granger’s team approached said, “no.”

“We pretty much just ran out of opponents,” Charlie Pearson, Granger’s trainer, said. “Even as an amateur we were having to fly people in to fight her. There’s a bigger pool of girls in the area at that rank in the professional division, so there’s a bunch of girls we can potentially start looking for as opponents.”

Granger went pro by signing a four-fight deal with *Alliance MMA, Inc., which is based in *New York City. The contract calls for all four fights to take place over the span of one year.

Moving to the professional level brings some new challenges. There are techniques that are allowed in professional MMA that aren’t allowed at the amateur level, such as elbowing to the head and body and the heel hook submission hold.

Perhaps more significant is the length of the rounds. Professional MMA bouts consist of three five-minute rounds, while amateur bouts are three three-minute rounds.

“It’s just a lot of cardio,” Granger said about the biggest difference in preparation between an amateur and a professional fight. “I usually do a ton of cardio, but with five-minute rounds, and with me never doing it before, I’ve just been over-preparing with the cardio. It’s lots of hard work.”

But going pro also brings opportunity. All 10 of Granger’s amateur fights took place in Washington. Though her first pro fight is also in-state, her deal with Alliance MMA, Inc., could offer the opportunity to travel for fights.

“I would like to travel and fight,” Granger said. “If I get to travel and beat people up and see the world, then why not? That’s kind of what I’d like to do next.”

But first up is Friday’s date with Lowe, which will be at 115 pounds. Lowe fights out of the renowned Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is the home of MMA luminaries such as Holly Holm and Jon Jones. So even though Lowe has an 0-2 record as a pro, Granger is not taking her lightly.

“I think this is definitely going to be my toughest opponent to date,” Granger said. “She’s very experienced and I think it will be a brawl.

“I don’t know too much about her,” Granger added. “I’ve seen a couple of her fights, but I’m just preparing for what I’m going to do and wherever the fight takes me I’m ready for it.”

One thing Granger will be bringing with her from her time as an amateur is an improved strategic aptitude.

“I think her fight mindset has gotten better,” Pearson said. “She’s a naturally aggressive personality, so I’ve never had a problem with getting her to hit anybody. But sometimes she likes to hit people too much and she chooses to hit somebody where she should have made another choice, or she will crowd herself because she’s so aggressive as opposed to keeping a little more space when that would be appropriate. So her fight strategy, her fight mindset, has probably been her biggest improvement.

“I don’t bet money, but if I did I’d probably put a fair chunk of change on [Granger].”

It’s been a long time since Granger has been inside the cage. Granger began her MMA career three years ago and she’s accustomed to four or five fights a year. It’s been more than six months since her last bout, so Granger is champing at the bit to get back at it.

“I think this is the most prepared I’ve ever been for a fight,” Granger said. “I’m in here from noon to 9 every day, so I spend my whole life in here. I don’t have any distractions, I don’t have anything on the outside. I came to fight and I’m putting my whole life into it.”

If you have an idea for a community sports story, e-mail Nick Patterson at npatterson@heraldnet.com.

*—Correction, Aug. 22, 2017: The name and location of the company that signed Granger were incorrect in the original article.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Cascade’s Aidan Kopra and Stanwood’s Gary Grisham wrestle for a loose ball during a game Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cascade High School in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
GALLERY: Big 4th quarter lifts Stanwood boys over Cascade

The Spartans outscore the Bruins 33-18 in the final quarter to rally for a 64-54 win.

Prep roundup for Thursday, Dec. 8

Prep roundup for Thursday, Dec. 8: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Nov. 28-Dec. 4

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Nov. 28-Dec. 4. Voting closes… Continue reading

Washington guard Jamal Bey drives with the basketball against Colorado guard Luke O'Brien during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)
Washington, Gonzaga set to meet for first time since 2018

UW travels to face No. 18 Gonzaga on Friday night. It will be the Bulldogs’ first game against a state foe in two years.

FILE - Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer paces the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. DeBoer earned AP All-Pac-12 coach of the year honors on Thursday, Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
UW’s DeBoer named AP Pac-12 Coach of the Year

Six Huskies and one Cougar are named to either the first or second All-Pac-12 teams.

Seattle Seahawks running back Tony Jones Jr. runs with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Seahawks backfield depth getting tested entering stretch run

Tony Jones Jr., claimed off waivers in October, could play a key role for the team over the next couple of games.

Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of USA perform during the ice dance free dance of the ISU figure skating Grand Prix Espoo 2022 competition in Espoo, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. Hawayek and Baker came second in the event.  (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)
Community roundup: Baker qualifies for Grand Prix Final

Plus, Meadowdale grad Rover Stewart is named the NWAC Athlete of the Year, Aussie football is coming to Lake Stevens and more.

Seattle Mariners players including, from left, Cal Raleigh, Paul Sewald, J.P. Crawford, Eugenio Suarez and Adam Frazier celebrate after a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, in Seattle. The Mariners won 3-0. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Have the Mariners done enough to keep pace in the rugged AL West?

Seattle has a wide gap to close if it wants to catch the Astros. Meanwhile, the Rangers and Angels are bolstering their rosters.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) runs with the ball as Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Seahawks WR Lockett moves up team record books

The consistent veteran is now third in all-time receptions and second in receiving TDs.

Most Read