Monday, March 12, 2012

Amanda Lucas Using Her Force

By Josh Stewart
Special to Page 2

Amanda Lucas isn't using her father's success to propel her MMA career, but doesn't shy away from it.

At 8 months old, Amanda Lucas could climb out of her crib with ease. Why stick around there when there was dancing to do?

"I literally have home video of me, and you can see me bouncing to the music playing in the background," Lucas said.

Of course, she didn't know at the time that her adoptive father, George Lucas, created the "Star Wars" franchise. But her -- dare we say -- Jedi path was already set. The daughter of a man Forbes just estimated to be worth $3.2 billion wouldn't settle for a life without purpose.

Lucas, now 30, has traded climbing out of a crib for a career that often involves climbing into a cage.

In February, the hip-hop dance instructor-turned-MMA fighter won the DEEP open-weight title in Tokyo. Her win was celebrated by Darth Vader and his storm troopers, who awaited her on stage.