Jinh Yu Frey
Professional UFC Fighter
Eagle Moon Hemp Fight Team
Jinh Yu Frey is currently a Korean-American mixed martial arts competitor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (U.F.C.) strawweight division. Before the U.F.C., Frey was the division champion in the atomweight (105lb) division of Invicta F.C. (Fighting Championships). Despite her stature, currently 105lb, Frey demonstrates it is never safe to judge a book by its cover. Frey’s first claim to fame was her 2013 defeat of Darla Harris. The video of the defeat went viral: a kick/punch combination destroyed her opponent. Many M.M.A. fans and experts considered this the knockout of the year.
The Beginning For Jinh Yu Frey
Jinh Hie Yu Frey was born in Crossett, Arkansas, in 1985. She grew up in Amarillo, Texas, with an older brother and younger sister. Growing up, Frey wanted to be a marine biologist. Her father was Korean and died when she was younger. Frey’s home life was troubled, and she credits her mother for inspiring her by being an example Frey never wanted to emulate.
Frey graduated from Palo Duro High School in three years, earning a Distinguished Achievement Diploma in the top 2% of her class. She then earned an A.A.S. in Nuclear Medicine at Amarillo College. Next, Frey attended Midwestern State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. Finally, she gained her Master’s from the University of Texas at Arlington in August 2015. While earning her M.B.A., she also worked full time at an outpatient cancer facility in Arlington, TX, where she administered radiation therapy. When she isn’t training, she still works as a nurse at the hospital.
S.C.S. (Sugar Creek Showdown)
For her Atomweight debut, in April of 2013, Frey fought Meghan Wright, defeating her with a submission hold in S.C.S. 16. For this victory, she earned the S.C.S. Atomweight Championship.
In July of that year at S.C.S. 18, Frey defeated Darla Harris by K.O. (head kick and punch). In this fight, she defended her S.C.S. Atomweight Championship. This was the K.O. heard round the world and brought her the attention of Invicta F.C.
Career Details, Invicta FC
Frey’s earlier victories on the regional M.M.A. circuit drew the eye of Invicta F.C. Jinh Yu Frey’s first fight with this organization was against Jodie Esquibel in September 2014. She lost by decision. In December, Frey had her second battle in the Invicta F.C. organization, defeating Cassie Robb via submission hold.
Frey defeated Liz McCarthy in September and Hérica Tibúrcio in March 2016, both by unanimous decision. These wins made her eligible for a chance at the Atomweight Championship. Unfortunately, Frey lost this championship challenge against Ayaka Hamasaki in September by T.K.O. (doctor stoppage).
After missing the title shot, Frey faced Ashley Cummins at Invicta F.C. 24 in July 2017, winning by unanimous decision.
Frey challenged Seo Hee Ham for the Road F.C. Women’s Atomweight Championship in December. She lost the fight via K.O. in the first round.
Frey fought Minna Grusander for the vacant Invicta FC Atomweight Championship at Invicta F.C. 30 in July 2018. Frey won the title via a unanimous decision, but many thought this decision was controversial.
Because of the controversy surrounding her match with Grusander, the two fighters met again in December. Frey defended her title, winning by split decision.
Next, Frey rechallenged Ayaka Hamasaki for the Rizin Super Atomweight Championship at Rizin 16. Frey lost the fight by unanimous decision.
In February 2020, Frey faced Ashley Cummins. Unfortunately, Frey missed her championship weight, vacating her title. But the match still took place, with Frey winning the bout by unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Frey made her U.F.C. debut on June 27, 2020, against Kay Hansen at U.F.C. on ESPN. She was defeated in the third round via submission.
In October, Frey fought Loma Lookboonmee, losing this time by unanimous decision.
Getting back into the win column, at U.F.C. Fight Night 187, Frey defeated Gloria de Paula, winning by unanimous decision.
Jinh Yu Frey is married to Douglas Frey and enjoys spending as much time with him as the schedules allow. Jinh Yu Frey enjoys traveling abroad, mountain climbing, gardening, reading, and running with her dogs in her personal time. She says the best thing that ever happened to her was discovering her love of fighting. Frey’s ambition is to one day climb Mt. Everest. She is most proud of the way she managed to shake off a troubled home and make a life for herself.
Frey likes to put on a colorful show. At weigh-ins, she will often show up dressed as a pop-culture warrior, like Chun-Li from the Street Fighter II arcade game, or as a superhero like Iron Man.
List of Accomplishments:
- 2x Invicta FC Atomweight World Champion
- S.C.S. Atomweight Champion
- Purple belt in BJJ
- 2013 Texas Pro Rookie of the Year
- 2013 Texas Female K.O. of the Year
- Inside M.M.A. Bazzie Award Nominee for K.O. of the Year
- 2014 Invicta Fight of the Year Nominee
- 2014 Invicta Sub of the Year Nominee
- 2018 Invicta Fighter of the Year
- Graduated High School in 3 Years with a Distinguished Achievement Diploma in the top 2%
- Graduated with an A.A.S. in Nuclear Medicine Summa Cum Laude
- Graduated with a B.S. in Radiologic Sciences Summa Cum Laude
- Graduated with an M.B.A. August 2015 Summa Cum Laud