To explain the love I hold for MMA in one word is impossible. This is a sport I grew up loving to watch, loving to sit down with friends and enjoy, loving to sit on my computer at 3 in the morning waiting for the next fight to start. Being around the sport for so long and being a fan of the way this sport has evolved and changed over time has truly been a gift. To even begin to describe the love I feel when watching a fight can almost bring a tear to my eye knowing that a fighter stepped into that cage or ring knowing they could possibly be hurt and overcoming any doubts, any possibilities of defeat, any obstacles in their way for that 15 minutes where they let themselves free. We don't compete in this sport for the pleasure of hurting another person, we don't compete in this sport to beat people up, true fighters compete in this sport because they love to step inside and show themselves as the person they are. I don't compete because of the fame, I don't compete because of the money I could make, I compete because I want to show my love for the sport and show my dedication to this sport. When I step in the cage, I put my body on the line, I put my mind on the line and I put my heart on display for anyone who will watch our beautiful sport. I compete because I love this sport. I compete because I want to prove to myself that I have a hunger inside of me to achieve the greatest successes in life and no matter what happens when those cage doors close, I will bring everything I have into that fight. I won't hold anything back, I won't regret anything I put forth because I know in my heart that I gave it my all, I gave it everything I had until I couldn't give anything else. I fight in the cage like I fight in my life, I have been through so much lately, but I know that I have the will, the motivation and the heart to push through any adversity standing in my way to achieve what I want for myself. I fight to prove to myself that I have whatever it takes to keep going, to keep fighting for what is important in my life. This sport I hold so dearly has helped me evolve and change as a person for over ten years and it will continue to mold me as a person, a friend and a family member. To me, MMA is a means of breaking through any boundaries I might have in life and to continue on with the same strength that I compete in the cage with. There is no one who can hold me back, there is no one who can defeat me, when I know I cannot be defeated. I fight for pride, I fight for emotion, I fight because I love it. This is why I fight.