If you want some inspiration for your week, you'll love this story about a 68 year old woman who is defying the odds. Her name is Ann Perez de Tejada, and she's a mixed martial artist who has just participated in a fight with a 24 year-old opponent.
Perez sat down with Fox News Latino and had the following to say about never giving up on your dreams.
“What matters is what you can do. If you can move like a young person or have the skills, then age doesn’t matter. There are people in their 30s sitting on the couch who say 'I can’t play soccer because I am getting old.' They say it like they take pride in it, but it’s a bad thing. If you think you are getting old, then you will.”
Here's footage her debut fight:
Tejada is certainly the oldest woman to compete in MMA, but she isn't the oldest person. That honor belongs to John Williams from Canada, a 70 year old man who competed back in 2010.
He reached out to Perez, actually, and gave her some advice a few years ago.
“He told me, 'Be prepared for a long and hard struggle,'” Perez said, meaning that people would make it hard for her, including not being willing to step into the cage to face her.
And, in fact, it took a long time for her to find an opponent. Perez and her coaches looked for an opponent for three years.
“A lot of people thought they didn’t have much to gain by beating me, but they don’t want to lose,” Perez said. “[Laura Dettman] was great that she took the fight.”
She had to of course get the recommendation of a doctor before fighting at 115 pounds, and she did get that green light.
Perez even plans on competing again, and is currently training for her second fight.
“I’ll do it again,” she told reporters.
What do you think?
Is it safe for Perez to be fighting at 68 years old?
(Via: Fox News Latino)