UFC featherweight Steven “Ocho” Peterson is trying to stay motivated during the coronavirus pandemic. He’s used this time to have surgery on his elbow which he explained to The Scrap has been causing him problems for many years. “It’s of those things I could push through, but it always ended up locking up after camps.” He is now recovering from surgery and is finally able to extend his arm. “I need to re-strengthen it now so I can go live and take punches and kicks.”
The 29-year-old Steven Peterson said he hopes in a few months he can go live. In the meantime, Peterson mentioned he is working on new tools and said, “I plan on being a completely different fighter once I get back in the cage.”
When asked what it’s like having his young son home during the pandemic, the fighter said “It’s awesome. I am doing homeschooling with him. He keeps my head on straight. He holds me accountable because I have to be here for him.”
Miles “Chapo” Johns recently celebrated his 26th birthday. Though the world is on lockdown due to the pandemic, Johns said this was one of his best birthdays. The UFC bantamweight explained that he spent the day with his two sons and his wife. The day was filled with building a tent with his kids, making a homemade dessert and basically spending time with his family. “It was fun and laid back,” he said.
During his interview, Johns reminisced about his love of fighting and his entry into MMA. “I love fighting it’s in my blood. I just love it.”
“Chapo” explained that becoming an MMA fighter was “a natural progression”. Johns said that he wrestled his whole life until he was injured during his freshman year of college. Missing out on his wrestling season, the athlete was “really hungry to compete”. One of his friends encouraged him to try MMA and in his first amateur fight he became hooked on the sport; finishing his opponent in 13 seconds.
The sport has now become a family affair for the Johns’ family. Miles’ brother, Elijah, competes in the regional scene and boasts a record of 6-1. “That kid’s a beast,” the big brother noted proudly. “I remember when we used to spar in the kitchen. One day he hit me with a nasty head kick and that’s when he began to take the sport more seriously.”
When asked who wins the MMA matches in the Johns’ household, “Chapo” answered; “I let him get a couple licks on me doing the big brother thing.”