Jorge Lopez Wand Fight TeamJorge Lopez on Tuesday heads into the most important fight of his career, squaring off with Ultimate Fighter winner Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Virginia.

Coming off of a loss in his first trip to the Octagon, he needs a win, and he needs it bad. Sadollah is no easy task for a fighter trying to get a W on the board, but Lopez doesn’t shy away from a difficult task before him… and he thanks his parents for that.

“I don’t know if it’s the way that my mom and my dad raised me, they would always teach me not to be scared of anything,” Lopez said in a recent Wand Fight Team video.

His parents are a big reason why Lopez went on to join Wanderlei Silva’s fight team in Las Vegas in an attempt to live out his dreams. When there were difficult tasks before him as a child, when things didn’t seem to be going his way, his parents supported him, but they were no crutch.

“I remember my dad. They had me on a bike for the first time with the training wheels off,” he remembered. “He didn’t let me ride the bike with training wheels. He took them off right away and said, let’s go.”

In a day and age when it seems training wheels are put on our every aspect of life, Lopez praises his parents for not giving him the easy way out. They made him face his fears and conquer them, not run from them, even when the road was rocky.

“I remember playing football. It was like the second or third day of practice. We were on our way to practice and (my mom), I remember I kept telling her, ‘I don’t wanna go, I don’t wanna go. I don’t wanna be in football anymore. It hurts,’ he recounted.

“She looked at me in the eye and she told me, ‘You need to quit being a little girl. You’re gonna get your stuff and you’re gonna go out there an play.’ She gave me my pads. She gave me my helmet. She wiped the tears off my face. She slapped me on the back and said go train.”

Lopez sucked it up and continued playing football. In fact, he played football so well that he earned a college scholarship.

So yeah, when he goes to practice, trading blows with his legendary coach, it hurts. It hurts a lot. But it’s those times with his mom and dad, pushing him to fight through the pain and the fear, that carry him onward and upward.

It has been said that risk is what makes life worth living, and Lopez has been taught all his life to take risks in order to accomplish the dreams that he has in life.

And that’s something he’ll need to tap into to get on the scoreboard when he faces Sadollah.

“I think of those times and I think of the times that she told me to man-up and go finish what I started. I did it then, so why can’t I do it now?”

Follow @KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken Pishna.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Undefeated Christian Lee Happy to Rack Up the Wins, Heading into ONE: Ascent to Power

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

Christian Lee is one of ONE Championship's top featherweight prospects, but he's happy racking up wins and biding his time before talking titles. read news >>

Angela Lee is Unstoppable Heading into Inaugural ONE Atomweight Title Fight

  • 26 days ago
  • 13 views

Angela Lee is unstoppable as she aims to make history on Friday by winning the inaugural ONE Champion atomweight title fight. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 87 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC 198

  • 22 days ago
  • 36 views

UFC Fight Night 87 is in the books! The results are as follows: Alistair Overeem defeats Andrei Arlovski by TKO at 1:12 of the second round Stefan Struve defeats Antonio Silva by TKO at 0:16 of the f read news >>

Undefeated Cristobal Chavez Keeping It Simple and Focused

  • 22 days ago
  • 4 views

Undefeated bantamweight prospect Cristobal Chavez is keeping it simple and focused heading into Monday's Combate Americas 5. read news >>

UFC 198 Embedded, Episode 2: Leslie Smith Reveals Battle Plan to Win the War with Cyborg

  • 20 days ago
  • 40 views

Heading into her UFC 198 showdown with Cris Cyborg, Leslie Smith recounts the time they trained together, blacking some eyes. read news >>

UFC 198 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC Fight Night 88

  • 15 days ago
  • 68 views

UFC 198 is in the books. The results are as follows (h/t Bleacher Report play-by-play man Craig Amos): UFC 198 Main Card Stipe Miocic def. Fabricio Werdum, knockout (Round 1, 2:47) Ronaldo Souza def. read news >>

UFC 198 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC Fight Night 88

  • 15 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC 198 is in the books. The results are as follows (h/t Bleacher Report play-by-play man Craig Amos): UFC 198 Main Card Stipe Miocic def. Fabricio Werdum, knockout (Round 1, 2:47) Ronaldo Souza def. read news >>

Dave Jansen Ready to Put Marcin Held in the Rear-View Mirror

  • 11 days ago
  • 18 views

Heading into his Bellator 155 rematch with Marcin Held, lightweight Dave Jansen is ready to put Held behind him and move on. read news >>

Thomas Almeida is Calm, Cool, Collected Ahead of UFC Fight Night 88 (Video)

  • 4 days ago
  • 14 views

Thomas Almeida is calm, cool and collected heading into his UFC Fight Night 88 headlining bout opposite Cody Garbrandt. read news >>

Aljamain Sterling Video: ‘I’m For Real; I Should Be Next in Line for a Title Shot’

  • 3 days ago
  • 6 views

Heading into his bout with Bryan Caraway, Aljamain Sterling believes that, with a victory, he should get the next shot at the UFC bantamweight championship. read news >>