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Being a UFC fan is reason enough to start training. I started my interest in UFC by simply catching a fight on Fox and realizing that I needed something in my life to look towards. Being a white Southern good ol’ boy with a 10th grade education and barely-there parents didn’t give me a lot of upward mobility in life. My teachers had no confidence in me, my family barely realizes I exist, I have no girlfriend and no friends from high school. I needed something that would going to get me through, give me purpose, and toughen me up. Being bullied in school is a huge motivator!

Some of the rules of UFC really appealed to me – moreso that traditional athletics. For example, the top priority in any fight is the safety of the fighters. If the ref is under the impression that a fighter is unable or unwilling to intelligently defend himself, they will be removed from the fight. While it may be more of a spectacle to see a fighter get entirely took and could generate more income for the organization, the focus is on the safety of the individuals. I like the idea that the organization knows where their bread comes from and protects it.  It’s safer than boxing because when a fighter is knocked out, he stays out. In boxing, the fighter can get up within ten seconds to continue the fight leading to lots of concussed boxers getting more and more concussed! Also, a boxer fights in a ring which is pretty easy to fall out of, creating more opportunities for injury. An octagon is pretty hard to fall out of. It’s far superior to find oneself pressed up against the wall while still in side of the fighting grounds than on his busted ass outside of it and a few feet down!

Nobody in my life ever really looked out for me, if they had I probably wouldn’t have made the questionable choice to leave high school. I feel that UFC looks out for me, my best interest, and sees me as an athlete rather than an entertainer. This is valuable not just to us fighters who are training to become a part of the UFC family. But for the millions of UFC fans out there who need something to believe in, I feel that athletes can be great role models and I’d like to be one for some of these guys considering dropping out of high school too. I want to remind them that they can start training in their teenage years as a supplement to school and exit the hallways of their shitty school with a degree AND a career path! Two options are always better than one or none.

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