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Xtreme Pro Apparel had the privilege of talking with renowned fighter Bubba Jenkins at UFC Ultimates. Jenkins is an up and coming UFC wrestler and a former NCAA Division I champion.
This is just another example of the exceptional experiences that RMN Events and Xtreme Pro Apparel wrestlers have at tournaments. By learning from the best, our wrestlers become the best.
After winning the match, I asked him how he felt about the win, and having to face the Indiana state champ again the following day, and there was nothing but humble determination,
“It felt really good. It’s getting me closer to my goal of becoming an Olympian. I’ll definitely be going in tomorrow a lot more confident, every win I get better, every match I get better.”
It’s this depth of character and ambition that are exceptional for a wrestler his age. Expect to see big things from Andrew Alirez in the RMN Events 2015-2015 and beyond.
Andrew Alirez is a multitalented young wrestler beyond his years in experience and character. As a 3rd generation boxer who’s only been boxing for 2 years, and already has a record of 10 and 0 with a Ring Side Championship under his belt, it’s evident that Alirez lets his natural athleticism do most of the talking.
When I asked him about the transition into boxing he said -“I think if you’ve wrestled you can do any other sport because of how demanding wrestling is mentally and physically”. If this wasn’t coming from a tested athlete I may not have believed that statement but Andrew has proven himself time after time. From national Boxing tournaments, to Rocky Mountain Nationals in Denver, he has gone up against some of the best and come out on top.
This past weekend at UFC Ultimates was no exception. Alirez was calm, cool, and collected after his match against Indiana State Champ Colton Cummings. He’s a 14- year-old 8th grader, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that purely from his performance. Alirez hung on for the entire match, unwavering in the face of a fierce competitor.
This past week at UFC Ultimates in Las Vegas, Dana White hosted the Presidential Open Forum. It was a rare chance for fans to ask the President of the UFC anything surrounding the sport of wrestling.
I had the opportunity to ask White about young wrestlers coming up in the sport and he took the chance to explain his recent efforts in strengthening wrestling and keeping the sport alive. White made clear the importance of wrestling as the core roots of mixed martial arts.
Q: “If you had one piece of advice for young kids coming into the sport of wrestling and want to come up in the UFC, what would it be?”
A: “Young wrestlers that want to be in the UFC? I mean one of the problems we faced a few years ago was it was looking like wrestling was going away. Lorenzo and I, and the UFC personally funded a lot of wrestling programs that keep wrestling alive in certain places. I think that’s the key. We have the wrestling tournament here and we really got behind USA wrestling when that whole thing was going on.
Number one is keep wrestling alive, it’s the base of mixed martial arts, you have to have it.
And number two, the great thing about being an up and coming wrestler is you get to compete in all things wrestling, you get to go to the Olympics, and then when you’re done there’s an alternative, you can still be a competitor and get into mixed martial arts, so it’s all good stuff.”
White’s words make apparent the importance of youth wrestling leagues like RMN Events and Nuway wrestling. The Ultimate Alliance movement will ensure that wrestling continues to be the core of mixed martial arts and that the best UFC wrestlers continue to come from strong backgrounds in wrestling.
Enzo and Darren Bell, father and son duo had a one of a kind
experience at UFC Ultimates this past week. RMN Events was asked what wrestler
had a story that embodied the essence of the sport and the heart that it takes
to succeed on the mat. None other than Enzo Bell fit the bill.
The young 10-year-old wrestler, who is also part of the Xtreme Pro Apparel team, was undefeated for the entire tournament, and UFC decided to do an exclusive interview with Enzo and his dad.
Only at RMN Events do things like this happen. Join up to follow the dream and get recognized!