Ellie Goulding Took Her MMA Training Injury Like a Champ

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Ellie Goulding attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2016 at the Tate Modern on September 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Ellie Goulding is usually quite dolled up on the red carpet and onstage, but she can get gritty when she’s training. (Photo: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

What? You didn’t know that the pop star is a budding MMA fighter? Well, she may not be quitting her day job as a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, but the “Love Me Like You Do” songstress is no stranger to hardcore mixed martial arts training. And that kind of training can sometimes mean getting banged up a bit, which Goulding seems to be taking with a smile as she showed off a big bruise on her elbow in a recent Instagram post, with the caption, “Underestimated the switch from fists to elbows on the pads.”

Underestimated the switch from fists to elbows on the pads cc @mrbobbyrich ???????????????? #elbowstrike

A photo posted by elliegoulding (@elliegoulding) on Nov 1, 2016 at 7:30am PDT

The 29-year-old tagged judo champion Bobby Rich in that Instagram post, and she seems to be training with multiple experts in the field, such as Arnold Chon, movie stunt coordinator and MMA trainer extraordinaire. Chon praised Goulding in this pic of the two of them post-workout, writing, “Great training! You rock!”

@elliegoulding great training! You rock!

A photo posted by Arnold Chon (@arnoldchon) on Oct 27, 2016 at 10:28am PDT

And with these short videos of previous training sessions, we get the idea that her head is totally into it. She’s got quite a kick:

Cheeky Sunday @nikoalgieri

A video posted by elliegoulding (@elliegoulding) on Oct 23, 2016 at 8:55am PDT

Those arms are no joke:

Slacking off with @faisalpmafitness ????

A video posted by elliegoulding (@elliegoulding) on Oct 13, 2016 at 7:26am PDT

Look at that footwork:

GO OFF???? @russellsbc @sonoya @pennylaneisthename @aiysha_hart ????????

A video posted by elliegoulding (@elliegoulding) on Sep 11, 2016 at 9:31am PDT

For one training video, she wrote, “That’s real cute. No i don’t mean I’m cute, I mean you’re cute. Fancy a fight?”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKLzLShDTjn/?taken-by=elliegoulding&hl=en

You’re right, Ellie. It’s supercute and superstrong.