As you guys may have learn, my roving interests are due to my character. I love to experience new things! Fun fact about me: I practice various forms of martial arts for recreation throughout my life: Brazilian JiuJitsu, Japanese Ninjitsu, Karate, Thai boxing, Tai Chi, and others to learn techniques in self defense and the art of focus and breathing. Once in a while, I would encounter opponents who throw a series of tantrums, but I have to stay calm. Otherwise, it could get more dangerous and unpredictable.
High contact sports requires a lot of concentration and discipline. Even drunken boxing, which imitates a drunk person, requires technique and deceptive moves. I took a break to give myself time to rest, but hope to reinstate practice again later. It’s taught me a lot of lessons.
I was catching up with a friend one morning and we casually chatted about his MMA training. Among many other things, he is a serious mixed martial artist fighter. He has a high tolerance for pain and goes with the flow. He is honest and a loyal friend. Whenever he sees trouble, he tries to help out.
I told him he looked like he was possessed by demons in this photo. He objected and said the app was supposed to make him look like a wolf! Maybe needs white or yellow eyes…What do you think? 🙂
Curious to learn more about what it’s like behind the scenes of an MMA fighter? His opponents know him by his fighter name, El Lobo, which translates to The Wolf. He recently fought and tied in California against a Russian opponent named The Dragon. He will be headed to China on December 18th to fight against some of their top fighters in his division.
I’ve jumped into and paraphrased our short conversation down below:
Me: Are there any books that you read that motivate you?
Hugo: I don’t read much, but I have a series of quotes that I like.
“It’s not how hard you can hit. It’s about how you take the hit. ” – Mohammad Ali
“You need me. I don’t need them.” – Conor McGregor
“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill
Me: Simple quotes, yet impactful! It seems to focus on how you react to various situations. Even though it’s a competition among your opponents, your biggest competition is within yourself.
Hugo: Yes! These quotes keep me motivated and leave me thinking. My dream is to someday fight with Conor McGregor. Even if I lost, at least I can say that I was good enough to be in the same ring with him.
Me: What’s your spirit animal?
Hugo: It’s the wolf which symbolizes protectiveness of family and friends, courageousness, fearlessness. Even when my opponent is bigger than me, I don’t show fear. It’s what inspired my fighter name, “El Lobo”.
Me: How did you find a mentor to help you train?
Hugo: Funny story. He’s actually my next door neighbor!
Me: What?! What are the odds of that happening?
Hugo: Yeah, I knew this guy because he was a friend of my dad’s for 15 years. Only recently did I find out that he was a former MMA fighter. I asked him if he could be my Sensei and he said he could train me. He takes me out to Olive Garden after matches and we look online for local tournaments to participate in. He is always there for me and supports my endeavors
Me: What’s your favorite movie?
Hugo: The Grey with Liam Neesen. Even though both alpha males die, the epic fight scene between them motivates me.
Me: What’s your daily routine look like?
4 am: Wake up and get ready to go to the gym
4am – 6am: Practice and train
9am: Eat breakfast. It could consist of 5-10 scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, beans, 2 pancakes, 2 avocados and cereal
9am – 4pm: Go to school & study
1:30pm : Eat lunch. 2 servings of chicken, white rice, vegetables, 2 fish (salmon/tuna)
Throughout the day, I eat a variety of snacks if I’m hungry: protein bars, granola with almond milk, half a jar of creamy peanut butter.
4pm – 5pm: Eat dinner. 2 servings of chicken, white rice, vegetables. Chicken Alfredo. Sometimes steak at least twice a week.
4pm – 8pm: Sleep
8pm – 11pm: Practice and train at the gym
11pm – 4am: Rest and sleep
I have some cheat days where I would eat a bacon cheeseburger or pizza and drink soda. I hang out with friends every 2 to 3 weeks and sleep during most of my free time.
Me: What’s your ideal date look like?
Hugo: A lot of girls get concerned when they see me fight which is understandable. Long distance is tough. My ideal date would be down to earth. I would take her to a museum, go for a walk in the park, take her to dinner and see a movie. Later, I would like to learn something together: cooking, painting, guitar lessons, dancing, yoga.
Anyway, this wraps up my conversation. He puts on one heck of a light saber show! Maybe he would be in the next Star Wars movie!
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