I'm from Colombia originally and found MMA after trying various other sports first.
I never really seemed to enjoy fútbol or any of the other sports that I tried, but when I went to my first #BJJ class, I was hooked. I have since moved from my beautiful country to pursue my dreams of being a professional fighter by joining #KingsMMA in Huntington Beach, CA.
Last month, I made my television debut for Legacy Fighting Alliance (#LFA), and was introduced to the American audience for the first time. It was in the very first round of that fight that I landed a head kick KO that went viral pretty much instantly.
When I was backstage afterward, I heard people talking about it, but I didn't realize how widespread it got until the next day when my social media following increased and I saw the highlight featured on USA Today and shared by some of my idols — including Cris Cyborg.
People have asked me how I will live up to a fight like that and honestly, it doesn't concern me. All I care about is fighting and representing my country well. There is such a negative view of Colombia, and I would love to be the one to change that. When I fight, I'm not thinking about the cameras or who will see it — I am thinking about the fight. The rest is just a bonus.