Jared Papazian still sees some of the bullies that cornered him one day and beat him. There were 10 in all; he was in high school. He wanted to fight them one-by-one, but that wasn't an option.
"It really messed me up mentally," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I felt really embarrassed."
Instead of retreating into himself, Papazian, who hails from West Hills, Calif., showed up a local Muay Thai school and asked for lessons. Eventually, he got so good that he asked his teacher to get him a fight.
Today, Papazian would have no problem wiping the floor with his former attackers. But he's let it go. It's because of those 10 that he is where he is.
His path led him to mixed martial arts, where he began fighting professionally in 2008. And whatever fire was stoked inside from that terrible day, he's channeled it into the sport. He hasn't looked back since, fighting as many as seven times a year. In 2011, he dropped to bantamweight and won the King of the Cage title by defeating Abel Cullum, a longtime standout on the regional circuit before 135-pound fighters got their time in the UFC sun.
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Posted By: TypeABC |
5/13/13 10:40 AM
He could defend himself from 10 guys now without breaking a sweat
Posted By: Rainbows303 |
5/14/13 1:08 PM
How many times do we have to hear the victims of bullying saying that they still can remember it like it was yesterday but we have "experts" claim it doesnt have long term effects