Bryan Caraway is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2005, Caraway has fought in Strikeforce, EliteXC, WEC, and UFC. He was a competitor on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. As of February 7, 2014, he is #15 in official UFC bantamweight rankings.
“I’m advocating and endorsing a program and a new foundation—it’s called the Stand By Me program,” Caraway told the MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “It’s a youth anti-bullying program that helps fight against kids getting bullied in school and things like that. I’m dedicating this fight to the fight against bullying amongst youth.”
The Yakima, Wa., native was approached by a friend of his, Peter Iacavazzi, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and head coach at Team Sylvio Behring BJJ/MMA who is also the founder of the Stand By Me program, to be an advocate on the foundation’s behalf. The program is founded on the philosophy of ending youth bullying by celebrating each others’ differences.
“Kid Lightning” grew up in a very small town on a large ranch where bull riding and dirt bikes were a way of life. “We were bored country kids, we lived about an hour and a half, two hours from any city. We didn’t have a movie theater in our town at all, we didn’t have anything to do, so we rode horses, rode steers and bulls. When I was little I got my first dirt bike; I was probably four or five years old and started riding dirt bikes. I’ve always loved that tough, rough, outdoors lifestyle.”
The same country lifestyle he grew to love has blossomed into a love of extreme sports, but it was also the basis for his own experiences with bullying.
“When I was younger, there were a few years where I was a little cowboy and we moved to the city and I didn’t fit in there, so I got made fun of a lot for my cowboy hat, my boots and wranglers, and I really got picked on there. It was really tough,” Caraway recalled of his formative years. “It definitely doesn’t feel good. It can really make an impact when you’re at that age—elementary school or junior high—that’s when your mental state of your mind is really developing and growing into being a confident person. I know if affected me. Luckily, I was able to turn it around when I got into high school. Being a better looking guy that got into sports, everything started to change.”
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Posted By: Heyyahh |
3/31/14 1:48 PM
Ive always loved Cowboys :)