LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Boy's and Girl's Club of Lufkin had a special visitor today all the way from Cleveland, Ohio. Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter Jessica "Evil" Eye met with kids from Ambush Swim Team and even showed some of her key moves from inside the cage.
When you first meet Eye, she seems like an average 26-year-old woman, but she's actually a fighting machine who's ranked as the No. 1 125-pound female MMA fighter in the world.
As a long-term supporter of the Lufkin-made candy Chick-O-Stick's, Eye teamed up with Atkinson Candy Company Thursday to educate kids about maintaining a healthy lifestyle without forgoing sweets.
"I think most people get the wrong idea about nutrition and about candy. The candy is not something that you abuse. It's something you use as a treat and with limited use and with limited eating of the candy, you can still enjoy it," Eye said.
Atkinson Candy Company has been sponsoring the professional fighter since 2008, when Eye was only an amateur fighter.
"It's very exciting for us to finally have an opportunity to have Jessica come here to Lufkin and see everybody and I'll tell you what, everybody is just loving it," said Eric Atkinson, the president of Atkinson Candy Company.
Eye says she stays active two-to-three hours a day and drinks a lot of water. She also focuses on eating foods that have low-to-medium Glycemic Indexes like steel-cut oatmeal or whole grains.
But she says she loves to eat a Chick-O-Stick after her workouts.
"It helps bring your sugar levels back up and after a hard workout you need to bring your glycogen levels back up so that's the easiest way to do it," Eye said.