Former professional wrestler, football player and now Hollywood movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the host of the new physical endurance TV competition, The Titan Games. On the series premiere (January 3), six contenders test their strength and fortitude as they compete to dethrone a reigning Titan. 26-year-old massage therapist Emily Andzulis of Knoxville, Tennessee is one of the six. She’s competing for her sister Sharon Shepard, a bone cancer survivor.
Andzulis told her local newspaper that her sister had to have her shin bone removed due to the cancer. She had it replaced with a cadaver bone but her body kept rejecting the bone. Every time her sister had surgery involving the bone, she had to relearn how to walk again. Andzulis said: “I helped her with the baby steps, learning how to walk after each time…” Shepard, a mother of two, is now cancer-free.
Andzulis is also an amateur MMA fighter in the flyweight weight class: the 5’2″ athlete weighs 126 lbs. According to Tapology, she lost her one and only Amateur MMA fight on January 6, 2018 against Shay Holland. The winner of The Titan Games receives the grand prize of $100,000. The Titan Games airs Thursdays at 8 pm on NBC.