"Fighting out of the red corner, standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing in at 135 pounds, from Camp Springs, Maryland, we have Miiiiiiiikkkkkkkkeeeeeeee "The Hulk" Eeeeeeeassstttooooonnnnn!"
Mike "The Hulk" Easton, 29, is a bantam weight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the UFC, whose last fight on April 6 against Brad Pickett earned him the Fight of the Night title.
Easton grew up in Southeast D.C. before entering the fighting world. Now as a UFC fighter he still lives in the District with his 5-year-old son and trains at a local gym six days a week.
I loved growing up in D.C. But I was born in the '80s; I'm an '80s baby. And D.C. in the '80s was pretty rough; going into the '90s was really rough. Seen a lot of things growing, but I had my mom and my dad, my sister and my brother and they just kept me straight and narrow. Just seen a lot of things, violent things happen.
My dad was like my first coach. He taught me how to fight, how to keep my hands up because I was getting bullied in school. It just helped me out and then I started doing Taekwondo at the school I attended, Orr Elementary School. It started off from there. Then I met Master Lloyd Irvin, who's my grandmaster, and I've just stayed in martial arts ever since -- me and my little brother and my sister.
I want to be the guy who just teaches people how to accomplish their dreams, follow their dreams. I definitely fight because of my dream and because of my son. He's the reason why I fight hard and I train hard because I am teaching him you can be whatever you want to be.
If you want to race cars, race cars. If you want to be the president, be the president. Doctors, lawyers, and so on. And if you want to be a fighter, you can be a fighter. Whatever dream he has that he wants to be I would like to push him toward that dream that he has.
Just let people know, man, just follow your dreams. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it because you can.
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Posted By: TypeABC |
5/13/13 10:37 AM
Even the tough guys get bullied
Posted By: Rainbows303 |
5/14/13 12:59 PM
Lucky to have such a caring father in his life.
Posted By: Wait4it |
5/14/13 1:37 PM
Not this person you imagine being bullied