In Part II of my interview, Ms. B discusses her new online “reality” show Career Bitch, Princesses of Pain, and her goals for 2012.
TUFF: So what is “Career Bitch” about?
The same thing that is popular TV right now.
TUFF: Is that why you are being labeled the Kim K of women’s MMA?
I guess, although I have also been labeled the female version of Simon Cowel and Dana with a vagina. So I don’t give much attention to the labels but they exist.
TUFF: So how is Princesses of Pain doing?
Really well! The Princesses and I have put the work into fighting for our success. It’s been a tough journey and it isn’t over yet... Promoting women is harder in that the public are struggling to accept female fighters, numbers are limited and sponsors almost nonexistent, but one thing I have that I know male promoters don’t, is massive support from the fighters and I wont fail them.
TUFF: Can you tell us…what are your plans for growth?
I know this is not going to be a popular thing for me to be saying but since I seem to be getting lots of personal attention I am planning on putting that to use to help grow POP. I am releasing an internet series title “Career Bitch” about my career as a promoter (but like the Kim K show it hardly shows me doing any work.) If that series grows, then I can use any funds from it to create a stronger league. I am somewhat shameless in the sense that I am very open to how I get attention for POP and if this is what it takes, I’ll do it.
I am also planning to run more night events this year and am trying to find sponsors to bring more international fighters to NZ. The numbers of female fighters in this area of the world are exploding, but I want POP to be an international league with strong ties to America and Japan.
I am also running smokers every 3 months, which in NZ are legal (we call them “Friendlies”) and very popular. Finally, I manage a production crew (film crew) that continue to follow the fighters so that when an opportunity happens to expose them, we will be ready.
I’m attacking this from every damn angle I can think of, and I am not getting a lot of sleep.
TUFF: Is it working?
In a word YES! The big break hasn’t come yet but I am getting calls from many important people who I admire and it will be interesting to see how those relationships grow. I’m don’t rely on anyone; I am building POP to be a solid sustainable league that can prosper on its own, but I’m open to the possibilities that are present and its exciting that finally POP is getting that attention.
TUFF:I have heard you say that New Zealand is a great place for a female fight league, can you tell me why? I mean – we seem to constantly battling for exposure here in the U.S. What’s the difference?
I am very open to the future of POP being in another country, probably America. Having said that, NZ is financially a very good choice right now. There are many reasons why a league is viable here and might go bankrupt elsewhere. I would rather not discuss those reasons as I know there are business people who are looking at my growth and considering starting an operation here. I am not powerful enough to stop that right so I have to tread carefully.
TUFF: Any final words?
I have a battle on my hands to get POP where it needs to go -- but I ready and I’m prepared to do what I have to.
TUFF: I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t wait to start watching Career Bitch and seeing Ms. B in action! Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available, and if you have any questions for Belinda Dunne, email me
Until then, you’ll have to make do with some pictures of Belinda!