Featherweight fighter Brian Ortega knew he had natural talent, but he also knew it wasn’t enough to be the best. The mixed martial artist found inspiration in his parents, who both demonstrated hard work and perseverance as Mexican immigrants.
“My parents went to hell and back and refused to quit,” Ortega says. “They installed a lot of good things in me.”
Born and raised in “the San Pedro projects”, as his manager puts it, Ortega inherited his admirable work ethic.
Her father, who came to America first, spoke no English, worked two jobs and was even homeless for a while. Ortega’s mother eventually joined her husband and together they built their own American dream.
“When you aim for anything in life, you aim for everything,” Ortega says, referring to both her parents’ history and her career.
As the official beer of the UFC, Special model celebrates Ortega’s courage and determination in this video (trigger warning: blood and fighting), which was produced as part of ModelThe campaign spotlights UFC fighters who both embrace and embody the fighting spirit.
“I already have a fighting spirit and everyone knows that, but now we’re adding intelligence to it,” says Ortega. “Imagine a smart guy who doesn’t give up – he’s going to split you left and right. And he’s not backing down. That’s what the new me is.”
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