DSPORT: Michelle, tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and where were you born?
MICHELLE: I am half Caucasian and half Thai, but I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I spent the first two years of my life in Germany before moving back to the States and settling in Aurora, Colorado.
DSPORT: While growing up, was it just you and your parents or did you have siblings to keep you company while you traveled?
MICHELLE: I have an older brother named Max and a younger sister named Shanna and I love them both dearly.
DSPORT: How influential were your siblings while you were growing up?
MICHELLE: Growing up with my brother and sister has left me with tons of memories. My sister and I were always at each other's throat, but now we are the best of friends. I always looked up to my brother and he was actually the one who got me into martial arts. Growing up I wanted to be just like him, so I followed him around and always took his advice. I guess it paid off considering I'm currently pursuing my career as an MMA fighter. He was my "Mr. Miagi".
DSPORT: Modeling and MMA are not typically two flavors that are thought to taste great together. When did you start and how did you get into it?
MICHELLE: I started modeling in 2004 after I graduated high school. I did a bikini contest at a car show and ran into Bill Montgomery who is the president of International Allstars. With his help I started traveling all around the United States as a spokes model.
DSPORT: Kicking ass and taking names is obviously more than a hobby for you too. How did you get into mixed martial arts?
MICHELLE: I grew up practicing martial arts. I took two years of Wushu and then I decided that I wanted to try a more physical art. My mother and I went to Thailand and while we were there I decided to try Muay Thai. After my first day I fell in love with it and wanted more. After just a couple of amateur Muay Thai fights I made the switch into MMA.
DSPORT: Well your father doesn't have to worry about you then. How long does it take you to submit a creepy guy in a bar?
MICHELLE: I'm a non-confrontational person. There is almost always a non-violent resolution to any situation.
DSPORT: Since you practiced martial arts while growing up, would you have considered yourself a tomboy back then?
MICHELLE: I went through a bunch of different stages growing up. I went through a girly stage, a nerd stage, and yes of course a tomboy stage. I was always the small kid in class so I felt like I had to be extra tough and would kick all the boys in the balls.
DSPORT: You are over that stage right?
MICHELLE: Try me.
DSPORT: I'll just proceed with caution. Other than ball kicking, how would you describe your personality?
MICHELLE: I'm ambitious, fun loving, loyal, adventurous and honest.
DSPORT: Do you think your friends would agree with you?
MICHELLE: For the most part yes, but they would probably include crazy, caring and dependable. They tell me I'm always there when they need me.
DSPORT: What does it take to intimidate you? What are you scared of?
MICHELLE: The only thing that would scare me would be getting trapped in a room full of brown recluse spiders.
DSPORT: What does an MMA master do when looking to have a little fun?
MICHELLE: More than likely I'd go do a cartwheel through some sprinklers.
DSPORT: When you're not doing cartwheels, what do you do when you're just chilling at home?
MICHELLE: Usually I'll watch Dr. 90210, CSI or throw in a movie.
DSPORT: Do you prefer sports car or SUVs?
MICHELLE: Honestly, I prefer sports cars; they are fast and make getting through traffic easier. SUVs on the other hand do let you hit curbs without worrying about the wheels.
DSPORT:: Maybe you'll give us some warning the next time you're driving an SUV, just in case one of us is standing on that curb. Thank you for joining us on this First Date. Is there anything you'd like to say before you go?
MICHELLE: Yes, I want to say hello to all the DSPORT readers and my family.