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Win or lose, Whitebooi’s up for the fight

By GARY LEMKE in Tokyo

Michaela Whitebooi’s face lights up when she talks about fighting. “Ooh, I love it! I love the training, putting the body through the extremes. Getting ready to fight. The body hurts, it really hurts. Judo’s a tough sport. And yes, I’ve often thought about how I would do in UFC. I love watching it. The violence, the pain. The thing is you have to inflict the pain, not be on the receiving end.”

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Michaela Whitebooi doesn’t let her guard down often. Nor should she, because in her sport one lapse of concentration, one mistake is punished in an instant, not to mention painful. Judo is not for sissies, writes GARY LEMKE in Rabat. And, despite her small stature – she competes in the -48kg weight division –…

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