From: Borgerhout, Antwerpen, Belgium
Fighting out of: Antwerpen, Belgium
Team: Perfect Team
Weight: 135 pounds
Bio: A decorated judoka in her native Belgium, Dandois made her MMA debut in 2009. In her first fight, she squared off with former Invicta title challenger Marloes Coenen and earned a decision win. She also holds wins over Maria Hougaard Djursaa, Shelia Gaff and Jorina Baars. Dandois signed with Invicta in 2014 and made her promotional debut at Invicta FC 10 in December.
“The reason why I fight is to give my children a better life. I want to show them that with God’s will and by working hard, they can be anything that they want.”
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5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CINDY DANDOIS
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY OF TRAINING LIKE?
I have to combine training with my fulltime job so I train in between my hours or/and in the evening. I try to do two trainings in a day while in camp for a fight. Most of the time I run and combine it with a grappling class, sparring or MMA. Sometimes I add in some CrossFit. Depends on what plans my brother makes for me.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AS A FIGHTER?
My children and my brother are my biggest motivation. I really want to make them proud.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would love to have healing powers. I guess I would be able to make a lot of people happy with that. Having the power to take pain away for example, just by putting your hand on a wound… Taking away sorrows in peoples head… Giving some kind of peace to kids with cancer… That would be the most awesome superpower ever.
IF YOU COULD FIGHT ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD YOU FIGHT AND WHY?
Gina Carano. She opened the doors for us as female fighters in MMA. She is and will always be my biggest idol!
IF YOU COULD BE ANY FICTIONAL CHARACTER, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
I would love to be Leetah from the Elfquest books. I love the way the elves live and I like her powers, her wisdom and the family she has seems very interesting to me.