ll you want to understand about the impact combat sports activities has on a Hispanic family may be found in a quote from UFC flyweight contender Alex Perez, who, whilst requested if combating changed into part of the lifestyle in his own circle of relatives as he grew up, said, “I did not begin looking combating till a bit bit later, 5th or 6th grade.”

Most might say 5th or 6th grade is quite early to be finding out the fights on TV.

“Not the humans I understand,” laughed Perez.  “Some of these men had been looking combating forever.”

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So perhaps Perez changed into a overdue bloomer whilst it got here to finding out Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya and the alternative staples of Mexican-American combat fans’ Saturday night time viewing, however as soon as the budding wrestler were given the bug, he changed into hooked. In fact, he commenced out boxing earlier than shifting to MMA, even education withinside the equal health clubnasium with destiny Olympian and cutting-edge junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez.

“He was from a town over and seeing him come from a smaller town than I’m from and go to the Olympics, it was kind of crazy,” said Perez, who also found inspiration in the form of a mixed martial arts champion – Frankie Edgar.

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Alex Perez has his hands wrapped backstage during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

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