Community Journal Entry: I’m a MMA mom watching my son’s dream become a reality

Firstly, I am a mother, and I started writing for The Scrap News about a year ago. So, what’s a mom doing writing about the brutal sport of MMA? Actually, my kids have studied and practiced many martial art disciplines, including Taekwondo, Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, boxing, and wrestling for many years.

This training led to my twenty-three-year-old son, Anthony, becoming a professional MMA fighter — Anthony “The Genius” Romero (7-0) who fights out of Welland, Ontario Canada. Anthony is now in Las Vegas and will compete on Dana White’s Contender Series where he will face Mike “Money” Breeden (8-2) on August 25th.

This is a dream come true for Anthony, with a chance to fight in the UFC.

When he started on his journey into martial arts, we had no idea that Anthony would follow it into a career choice. He has followed this path non-stop since the age of five-years-old. He learned the skills of martial arts quickly, and has such an intelligent fighting style. Anthony just fell naturally into the sport, competing in Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing tournaments.

As an amateur fighter he achieved a record of 9-1. He continually challenged himself throughout the years while simultaneously completing a high school diploma and a university undergraduate degree.

As parents, my husband and I feel so incredibly proud of our son. We have witnessed first-hand the sacrifices, the injuries and the sweat and tears that go into pursuing a career as a professional MMA fighter. It’s a tough sport both mentally and physically. Anthony has been handsomely rewarded for his hard work and dedication. His story is truly inspirational.

The chance to compete on DWCS is an honor, and not all fighters have this opportunity. He is truly deserving and will walk into the cage ready to turn his dream into reality.