Monique Travis


IKF Bantam Weight World Challenge champion Moe Travis came to the KnuckleUp family in 2007 on a quest to lose some baby weight and hasn’t looked back since.

She has become something of an inspiration to local women both professionally as a fighter and from a fitness perspective during her journey. “I was a member when I was younger and left for two years, so I knew kickboxing would get me in shape quick,” Travis says. “I really like the environment and the people here. I missed them when I was in Tennessee.” Travis has been training in Muay Thai since 2007, BJJ since 2009 and MMA since 2010. She currently teaches kickboxing and Moe Explode.


Q: Do you have any advice for beginners?

A: Just go ahead and start! I always hear, “Oh, I want to wait a year to start losing weight,” but they should just start now. Don’t let the scale or other people screw with you. If people who feel hesitant just came and tried it with an open mind, they would be surprised what they’re capable of. It’s not enough to get on a treadmill for 20 minutes with no one pushing you. We will push you. Everybody is at different levels, but the way we teach class anyone at any level can do it.


Q: What drives you?

A: I really enjoy the progression of fighting from when I first started to where I am now. Every fight I do more. Everybody likes a challenge and to achieve a goal, so I always give myself annual goals. I love to check stuff off that list. Some of my goals right now are to hopefully win the 112 pound weight class. I have never fought in that class before so I’d like to win and stay undefeated. I also just got my blue belt in BJJ so that’s going to be tough competition from now on.


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

A: Staying undefeated. I never thought I’d still be doing this when I started but to be undefeated too is just amazing! I do BJJ to keep me humble because I’m not undefeated there.


Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not at KnuckleUp?

A: I like to do crossfit with husband, Geoffrey, and play with my daughter, Evangelina. Pretty much all I do is train and train other people. I’m here almost every day.