MMA fighter Montel Williams Jr. grew up in the quiet town of Greenwich, CT a bliss hideaway for many Wall Street dwellers.
At the age of 15 he needed to choose an extracurricular activity in the world of sports. He planned to master this sport in his free time outside of classes. In order to build confidence and discipline his step father, Marc Coronel, proposed martial arts as a new hobby. Williams Jr. and Coronel attended classes together and both bonded over their newfound love for the sport.
Fueled by determination, Williams Jr. moved to Las Vegas in 2011, and began his professional MMA career. After training with Xtreme Couture for a little over a year, he fought in his first competition. Watch as he dominates his first fight MMA Fight Montel Williams Jr. vs Charles Weast May 25th, 2012.
Williams Jr. said, “none of this would be possible without my coaches Dennis Davis, Robert Follis, Patrick Gonsavels Kanoho, and Neil Melanson.”
His fight record is 3-1. His second competition was against Guillaume Fricheteau and is his only loss so far.
“I lost the fight, [Williams Jr. replied], but it turned out to be one of the best learning experiences of my life. It taught me that you can’t approach these fights as friendly competetion. It is kill or be killed and that is it.”
Relentlessly, sponsors have approached him but his focus is in the art of fighting and having no distractions.
He said, “… my priority is not making money or being sponsored, just do, destroy whatever warm body they put in front of me.”
Everything about MMA is a challenge and having sponsors will only hinder his focus. In order to be successful in this field Williams Jr. shares his mission.
“To excel my skills I need to voluntarily go into practice every day and get beaten up, but when you love something you don’t look at it as something that is a challenge or a feat, only the path that you must walk.”
Tuff-N-Uff will be held on Jan. 9 and Williams Jr. has been training for this competition all year.
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