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I Trained To Become An MMA Fighter In 4 Months

fighting an MMA fight in three months is

completely crazy aria is just so sweet

like I couldn't see him like her a fly I

don't want to see Aria get hurt I get

the impression that there's an underdog

within you that is trying to prove

something through this experience I

don't know if he will survive this fight

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a good stuff that includes I mean death

is possible at all of life like every

morning you wake up death is a

possibility very true my name is aria I

love romantic comedies Christmas and I

will be dedicating the next three months

of my life towards training and mixed

martial arts before competing in an

officially sanctioned fight against a

trained and experienced opponent is he

really gonna do that

why would he do that just three months

are you straining three months is not a

long time three months of training

before a fight is a very unrealistic

timeline already so this will be the

biggest challenge of my life are you

gonna be wearing headgear oh I don't

know how this is gonna work for him I

love aria but no I will not be seeing it

I don't want to see it I don't want to

see the fight I'm not very physically

active I don't think most people think

of the word fighter when they think of

me I don't know if Aria has ever been in

a fight

Aria told me that he was Buddhist I'm

worried about him I don't know if he's a

fighter

but what is a fighter because for me

this journey isn't just about trying to

overcome the physical and mental

challenges that I will be facing but

more so about trying to get inside the

mindset of what it takes for those that

actually do compete in one of the

world's toughest sports a combat sport

that allows its athletes to utilize a

variety of fighting styles mixed martial

arts continues to explode in popularity

as fighters from all walks of life seek

to test themselves inside the cage I

think my car can impact a lot of life

because of discipline what separates MMA

from any other sport is that you're

forced to deal with fear to compete in

the mixed martial arts fight the fact

that art is doing that first why I think

takes a tremendous amount of courage

it's gonna be a difficult process for

arias first fight honestly I would just

recommend take it all in it's a whole

nother world try to just open your eyes

open your ears and see as much as you

can

hey who are you well thank you thank you

so much for being a part of this journey

with me it's gonna be uh we Road gonna

be a lot of fun

one of the individuals tasked with

getting Oriya in proper condition to

compete is Steve Zim an accomplished

coach who has trained athletes including

undefeated female boxing champion Laila

Ali this is what I do for a living I

train people to be the best at what they

do

arms down he's what I would call skinny

fat 12 and 3/4 you have way too much

body fat for what we're trying to do

working with Steve to improve my

strength and conditioning is not easy at

all

let's do two minutes and see how you

feel on this anything burning yet

getting to a push-up and let's see what

we got going into this I knew one of my

biggest weaknesses was my conditioning

yes your blood sugar just dropped okay

so why don't we sit down

this isn't like going out and trying to

run a 5k and just hope I finished the 5k

this is way way up there you are gonna

put your face your body on the line you

have to make sure that you're gonna come

out of this hole that's why we're doing

this otherwise you're gonna get in there

and find out that you don't have what it

takes it's scary but if he puts himself

in the right position works his butt off

eats right shows up then we're gonna

have a big big change in him any which

way he does not lose from this so your

chin is where a lot of nerves are that's

kind of like one in the mean target

areas so you always want that chin down

and the eyes up coming out of retirement

to teach aria the combat skills he'll

need to survive in the cage is Chris

Riley a former champion and coach who

once helped lead Quinton Rampage Jackson

to capturing the UFC light heavyweight

championship you're basically what I

call on the snowboard

the minute I see that when Aria first

reached out to me about this project my

initial reaction was no first of all I'm

not coaching fighters anymore so I

didn't really think it was something

that I wanted to be involved in or or

would necessarily even be the best

person for him and then after giving it

some thought

the reality is during my time in the

sport there were a lot of people

coaching MMA who shouldn't be coaching

them at may you know we do have to

remember it's a grown man in there whose

entire purpose is to hurt you as bad as

possible you know I really thought to

myself maybe I was actually the best

person to help with this I'm not gonna

keep punching hard here I'm a top top

tapping I think the hardest part of the

training process over the next three

months Ferrari is going to be when we

have to face some real contact that's

always when people start to learn

whether or not this is something they

really like doing or not so that that

will be the you know kind of key

determining factor as to how this is

probably going to turn out

I mean we've worked so hard and here we

are it's fight night

now it's gonna be what its gonna be it's

been it's been a journey but I have a

full full belief in him that he'll he'll

do well he well he's done everything

he's needed to do in preparation pick it

off before you get in the cage yet I

know there's a lot of people who kind of

laughed him off a little bit and whatnot

but I know what he's made of I know that

he's gonna go in there he's gonna move a

lot of people wrong that's for sure

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as training progresses chris is able to

secure a gym for aria to train out of

I've known Chris for a long time he was

like a mentor to me he called me on

Sunday

and asked if I could help him out like

with this project I could not say no you

know of course I'd say yes hanging in a

fight in three months

is absolutely crazy and a dinky as the

biggest pair of balls ever we actually

Pat it up and got in the ring especially

since he's never fought anything he's

gonna have to get used to getting

punches thrown at him he has to get used

to getting kicks donut and he actually

has to get used to getting beat up the

sparring session was definitely a shock

in the system it was like okay this is

how it feels to get hit by someone who's

not even trying to really hurt you

biggest challenges are teas in the face

is mentally getting ready to train so on

top of the fight training I'm supposed

to do with Chris I also have five days a

week with Steve doing a strength and

conditioning work at his gym and then on

weekends I'm also supposed to do cardio

so there is no day of full rest for me

while training multiple times a day

Arya's diet is also under scrutiny by

the team at trifecta nutrition who are

trying to help ensure that Aria comes in

at his scheduled 145 pound featherweight

limit trifecta basically came up with a

diet plan

it's basically focused on just clean

eating and making sure I'm hitting my

macros so for example I'm supposed to

hit 150 grams of protein in a day while

keeping under 1900 calories the

excitement of the first week falls away

after the first week when you start to

see how hard you're pushing how hard

you're pushing this entire project seems

to be the only thing on my mind I'm

always thinking about things like my

diet I'm wondering if I'm training hard

enough I'm wondering who my opponent's

going to be I'm thinking about this

constantly and it's just it's it's a lot

it's a mental thing he's never done it

so I don't know which way he's gonna go

it's a combination

yeah the physical but I

I can handle the physical that's not the

problem it's going to be up here

if I'm trying to meet you in the side

your leg or into your gut and you dump

down to try and grab a double and eat

that mean we will expect you to fight

through that unfortunately because

basically your face budding his knee at

that point I mean like everybody I feel

like this was unexpected for aria cuz

he's the like most gentle polite nice

person but I've also like believed in

him since the very beginning of this I

feel like he can definitely do this

I'm sure art is going through a little

bit of nervousness but it's gonna be

okay you know

usually nothing really hits until you

walk like right in there and then they

close the door and then that's when

everything gets real you know so you see

what happens if you get choked out guess

what

then you wake up we'll let you know who

won okay I'm not gonna stop a choke I'm

not gonna stop a choke

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it was very scary and intimidating they

were they went in blood Oliver yeah I

hope that doesn't happen Arya we need to

get into the mindset that we're gonna

see him get his ass beat even if he wins

my first fight was fifty seconds where I

got punched in the face and then I shot

the worst double leg I've ever shot in

my life and I got choked you know

fighting is nothing to be taken like

Leah it's not a game the entire point of

the sport is to hurt the other person

that's a reality that's not often talked

about I'm afraid of what your face is

going to look like

have you used me watching fights I've

been watching a lot of fights in there

like their eyes some people can't open

them when it comes to the dangers that

exist in MMA the truth is there's no

limit to them and I took this on with

that weight on my shoulders I mean I'm

very aware of how bad it can get can you

talk yes there's the ability to tap out

but you know what makes the person tap

out is that they're in so much pain they

can't take it anymore I feel like you

wouldn't done I feel like you would wait

until you're passed out yeah I I I told

myself this now but yeah I my plan is I

if he wants to where he's gonna knock ya

I've been real pleased with what I've

seen from aria so far I think things are

starting to come together

I always get a lot stronger than when we

first started I mean when we first

started it was not spectacular now he's

picking up much heavier weights

he's break between sets are down to 30

seconds or less sometimes we'll go 4

sets in a row with almost no break 5 10

seconds back on five seconds back on the

biggest thing that's gonna come there's

more of a mental issue that's the

biggest thing and fighting is your is

your head I'm as far as for the other

people on the in the school today as

we're going to kind of increase the

toughness training sparring will

probably be more of a factor no one's

gonna give you advice when you spar and

now they're gonna you up you know

they're gonna try to get you they're

gonna try to tag you and they will tag

you

they will tag you right ru is gonna get

hit he's gonna get hit pretty good

at that moment is going to be real like

the pain will be real the shock will be

real everything will be real and then

we're gonna see in that moment where

they still wants to do this or not I

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love you Aria but no I don't think so

I'm just gonna say no I'm just gonna go

ahead and say no I don't think he can

fight someone he's too nice I think that

he's going to lose I know that he's

going to lose he's probably one of the

softest people I know I honestly feel

like he's just gonna go into the match

and get hit like a couple of times and

like okay that's cool that's enough for

the video every time you throws a punch

he's gonna apologize I know he'll give

it his all but I think it might be a

waste of time mostly I get the

impression that there's an underdog

within you that is trying to prove

something through this experience and

I'm wondering what that is when I think

of MMA I think of just I guess I think

about how fearless these these fighters

are these men and women mm-hmm the

courage it must take a common thing that

is brought up as always people saying oh

you you can't do this you're too nice to

be able to do this and and you want to

be fearless yeah one two body shot

remember how you scooted on it you're

too far away oh and you dropped your

right hand I'm trying my best friend to

just sort of focus on why I'm doing this

but at same time you know maybe all

these people are right you know maybe

I'm just not cut out for this I think

you are putting a very hard timeline on

yourself that's making your challenge

greater than the average person but is

that a bad thing anytime anyone chooses

the path less traveled what you're gonna

get from the peanut gallery is you know

a bunch of doubt and negativity because

most people honestly are afraid to take

a road that's not been traveled before

you guys love to critique

you would never have even made it to the

cage because the minute your hands

started getting wrapped your legs would

get so weak that you would never make

the walk from the dressing room to the

cage in many ways I kind of resent the

notion that I'm a nice guy I don't like

that label I like every day being

friendly to people I like greeting

people opening doors for them but I

don't like the idea that I'm incapable

of switching that off the fact that Aria

is such a nice guy is in no way shape or

form related or connected to his ability

to be successful in MMA I think the

biggest myth is that we're all a bunch

of meatheads that just want to punch

each other in the face and we're all

angry all the time

completely not the case I think they're

some of you know the nicest most humble

people on earth I think the true martial

arts is humble and I think one of the

main reasons for that is you get your

butt kicked a lot one of the things that

keeps drawing me back into the sport

even as I try to get out is it's always

really nice guys I'm working with our

heads so far he's a really nice guy aria

is really sweet down earth humble now

whether or not he can you can turn that

switch on to being a fighter is you know

it's completely up to him you know that

that's all in his head everyone has the

capability of doing it whether or not

you can do it in 3 months I guess we'll

see a big fire this I also just want to

let you guys down like what if what if I

lose I mean every fight one guy wins and

one guy loses that's sports that's

competition

I've been training guys as you know for

over a decade

you think all my fighters won all the

time no we don't gain confidence and we

don't truly gain success without

failures failure is one of the best ways

than learning something and we're so

fearful of it I think in so many ways we

create this false sense of security

because of it and we never take risks we

never take leaps of faith and I think

you look at the special people in this

world they're doing something different

you're testing your own limits and

you're going to be stretching the

boundaries of your identity

and that's an amazing experience for

anyone to be able to be aware of you

being accomplished

it's from the process and the journey

not the outcome

jab it head kick good breathe again good

cross hook kick

nice even though I tease you and I say

it's crazy and all that I wouldn't be

doing this I wouldn't be coming here you

know I'm taking an uber you know 30

minutes each direction right now like it

if I thought this was a ridiculous waste

of time and you weren't capable I mean

why would I sign up for it I believe in

you I've seen this for a long time

obviously I spoke to Daniel he thinks

you can do it so if we think you can do

it you can do it now what's left is

convincing yourself that you can do it

it's crazy for Aria to come in after

four months of training a lot of these

guys you know come out of the womb

wrestling or doing karate or whatever it

is so they have years and years and

years the thing is if if you're ready

and if you can demonstrate a little bit

of aptitude which she has you know we'll

give you a shot because so much of what

we do isn't just skill it's all heart

and mind you know you have to be strong

to get in there

I want your wrist firm so that way I

wrap it too tight it's impossible to

really anticipate how someone's going to

react the first time they've ever done

something like this it will for sure be

in somewhat overwhelming experience for

him but he is about to tackle something

that's very very difficult so I think he

gets a lot of props for just going

through with it

this is how they filmed reality together

just the way you guys attracted that

happens ripples records one month before

his scheduled fight Aria receives word

from spar star that they're being forced

to push their event back until July 6th

giving Aria an additional five weeks of

training they were supposed to find me

someone when I was June first but now

that I mean at this point I don't know

like how much more experience I gonna

have on May 31st Aria receives the news

that his opponent has been found

Kayson match a young fighter who

recently lost his debut fight by

decision I grew up in Chino California

I've been training in total for a little

bit over a year the past month or so has

been tough it's been law training but

now knowing an opponent seeing a face it

kind of just makes it all real and just

gives me kind of like this this

finishing line this end goal to barrel

towards okay let's see let's see pics we

have photos I'm thinking which one is he

I can tell you this guy's a real

opponent I've always wanted to fight on

my parents always told me no it's

homeschooled up until a junior high and

then I eventually dropped out joined the

army and now I'm here I mean he's a

military guy so that one one concern is

that he is in really good shape the

military does ingrain a certain level of

conditioning also a certain level of

fortitude the fact that he's lost his

first fight means nothing to me I mean

tons of great fighters have lost their

first fight I'm more scared somebody

that loses in somebody who wins because

when you lost you know what that feels

like it doesn't feel good and you can do

anything kid not to lose again

he wants that a career in MMA so it's a

lot more riding on this on him than

Dario sorry hasn't won one fight and

done he's already lost his first fight

so he's a chip on shoulder and I can't

want to lose I mean when you want you

want only two starting off your career

that's bad my upcoming fight means a lot

to me it's only gonna be my second fight

I'm trying to make a career out of this

I want to go pro eventually and I want

to make it with all the big guys I

believe my first fight opened up my eyes

to see the improvements I need to make

that opponents hit me tough no joke the

fact that he wants it doesn't mean like

he's gonna be hungry and he has a lot to

prove and he wants to live law

but so is Aria like Aria has invested so

much time and effort into this that like

if Aria loses it's not gonna be for lack

of effort I think that in the beginning

I was very skeptical of arias success

rate and now like he really has been so

dedicated so my expectations have

already been surpassed now we're at the

point where there's no time for doubt no

time for fear it's do-or-die time

what's up aria I think it's crazy about

again in this cage with me but props

teaming on fight day casein weighs in

three pounds over the 145 pound limit my

cutting process was a very drastic this

time I should have dyed it a lot sooner

than I did and I had it cut a lot of

weight in a short amount of time yeah

it's kind of tough that he didn't make

weight because that's five pounds he has

an argument just might replace it

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despite being at a disadvantage due to

the weight difference with the risk of

having the fight cancelled altogether

Aria still agrees to take the match

truthfully the the thing I'm most

worried about fer Aria is that he

wouldn't get to showcase what he's been

working on I think the worst case

scenario is he immediately gets taken

down and submitted and so he can't show

off his stand-up training is grappling

training I'm nervous like always don't

care who it is everybody gets nervous

before if I just trying to calm the

nerves my my last fight what was my

first fight I have stuff I plan on doing

it's just a another stepping stone for

me I feel like Aria is gonna give this

everything he's not half-assing any of

it

his progressions been fantastic at first

I was hoping we get him through the

first round then I was thinking maybe we

can get him to finish this fight at this

point he can win this he's not weak you

know the Aria is a pretty strong kid he

gets hit and he hits back which is a

great thing when it comes to my hopes

and expectations

I just want RIT to come out of this with

positive feeling about himself and about

the experience and I think that he's

done everything he can do to make that

happen

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of course I have days where I've thought

why do I do this why am I doing this to

myself

I do have a lot of mental doubt I think

a lot of Fighters have self-doubt I

think what brought me into fighting is

doubt what brought me into fighting is

fear I've always had a problem with

confrontation so I think this is me

forcing myself to deal with those fears

I fight mainly because I think if I

didn't I would read it it's 20 years

down the line I don't want to look back

and say oh I wish I would have done this

even when I came up with this dream

people thought I was going crazy I'm

like I'm not born to survive

I want to leave I want to have this

feeling that I'm leaving I've had people

tell me this is stupid you shouldn't do

that while you're spending your time in

the gym go work full-time go do this go

do that

Riaan let's go in the army again I'm in

LA people ask me why are you doing this

why are you doing this for a video why

are you doing this for BuzzFeed and the

thing is I'm not doing it for a video

I'm not doing it for BuzzFeed I mean I

guess the simple answer is that I'm just

doing it for myself you cannot gain

strength and wisdom without adversity I

think you just have to have that faith

in yourself and faith in your journey in

France they said something like first

take away a mountain when you have it

fed you can climb a mountain without

realized

that amounted you don't need to have a

successful fight to have the I proved

myself moment you don't have anything to

prove about who you are to anybody like

you have nothing to prove to anybody

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here we go folks featherweight bout

cases with a size advantage here also

weighed in about six pounds heavier than

Aria love the piece of headgear that

Ryan speaks is way the exact is for the

BuzzFeed documentaries with the referee

Camden Aria come before calling that jab

case a look at a counter with the reach

a little bit he is not throwing out of

it

there's a right hand although four

months in a tie it looks like car has

got a bit of a stance on him kind of the

loops here some other information to

make smart straining he's certainly made

the stand right gonna case in the

throwing punches so he's not afraid to

get in there and mix it up he's fought

in the front headlock real danger

getting guillotine the case in connect

his hands there he goes

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always tap as he taps no matter back he

was driving though body shots okay he's

in trouble here though I can't see the

other indication hello well walked up it

is do all the way out

joking all the way

the scale indeed

so it's audience at home unconscious

here one is about 104 seconds in

and are you hit the ball goes to sleep

in his debut fighting a bush casein

match now it looked like it wasn't it's

weird because the past few months have

been so frantic non-stop chaotic at

times but now 24-hours before I actually

fight someone it's all just calm and

whatever happens tomorrow

win or lose it's weird but it's like it

doesn't really matter to me I started

this whole journey trying to learn more

about the world of MMA this this culture

around fighting but if there's one thing

I've learned it is really that all of us

we really are more than the labels

people give us whatever lies ahead

tomorrow and for whatever stick come

after that I'm ready hey aria we've just

gone through some really crazy

whatever the result has been it's an

incredible accomplishment look you'd

want to say that you're a good guy and

you did something that is pretty

impossible for the average person to do

win lose draw dude you're my freakin

hero I just want you to remember that

that you got heart man you go hard you

got balls I want you to take that that

strength and we take it with you and

everything else that you do in life it

doesn't matter you want to lose you know

it just matters that you get in there

you should be really proud of yourself

however it worked out I'm super proud of

you I believe you know you're gonna get

out of this a better stronger man with a

great story and an experience that will

last you a lifetime I think what makes

someone a fighter is truly did their

mentality so much of what a fighter is

is what you don't see it's their heart

is the determination

through persistence when you're beating

up another fighter or winning a fight

with ease I think it's easy to say that

oh you know they're a great fighter I

think a true fighter is the one that is

dealing with the struggles dealing with

the adversity has the ability to suffer

and training and perhaps suffer in a

fight and find success in one way shape

or form I think we're all fighting in

different ways and I think that's why we

have a lot of admiration for people in

combat sports is we do see a piece of

ourselves and if we don't see a piece of

ourselves we see something that inspires

something in us because we all are

fighting in some way shape or form and I

think when you see someone who can

really deal with adversity and answer

with courage that's what a fighter is

it's not necessarily whether they're

winning or losing it's how they respond

to chaos look at the commitment that

isn't somebody that came in here to have

a good time and oh I'm gonna do a show

about fighting this is a guy who became

a fighter

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