Sonya Deville opens up on ditching college and how that led to MMA career and more


WWE star Sonya Deville had a career as an MMA fighter

WWE SmackDown star Sonya Deville looked for a career in MMA growing up and started training for it from the age of 16. She had her first MMA fight at the age of 21 at CFL HD 1 in 2014.

She has a total of three MMA fights in her professional career and has a 2-1-0 record. Her last fight was in March 2015 where she lost via unanimous decision to Jasmine Pouncy at University of MMA: Fight Night 9.

She then signed with WWE in October 2015 after gaining popularity in the 6th season of Tough Enough. Her first major storyline came in 2017 when he formed Absolution with Paige and Mandy Rose.

Sonya Deville made a shock return to WWE SmackDown in 2021
Sonya Deville made her WWE return on the first episode of SmackDown in 2021. (WWE)

She returned to WWE on January 1st, 2021 after a four-month hiatus. She was attacked by a stalker prior to that but managed to come out unscathed. She now fights in SmackDown.

Sonya Deville reveals how skipping college helped her MMA and WWE careers

Deville hosted a Q&A session on her Instagram on Sunday. One fan asked her if she went to college, to which the Jersey Devil had an interesting reply.

Sonya Deville says not going to college her MMA career. (Image Credits: @sonyadevillewwe on Instagram)
Sonya Deville says not going to college her MMA career. (Image Credits: @sonyadevillewwe on Instagram)

She revealed that she joined a college near Coconut Creek, Florida so she could train with American Top Team. Deville, whose real name is Daria Rae Berenato, attended her college for 2 weeks.

After that, she started skipping it to train around 5 hours a day. Berenato then goes on drop some wisdom as she says that the best education comes from the experiences you live and the failures you face.

Sonya Deville has to leave WWE after losing at SummerSlam
Sonya Deville upset after losing at SummerSlam. (WWE)

Deville also answered a lot of questions relating to her personal life. But this particular story shows the hard-work, self-belief, and risk it requires to really make it at the top.

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