“When I say I’m gonna do something, I’m gonna do it. That’s the kind of person I am.”
When aspiring mixed martial artist Rad Martinez was only 11-years-old, his father was involved in a horrific car accident that nearly cost him his life. Although Richard Martinez was able to survive the incident, he suffered severe brain damage and was no longer able to function on his own.
After watching his grandmother tend to his father for the first eight years after the accident, Rad PROMISED his ailing grandma that he would personally care for his dad once she passed away. While most 24-year-olds are busy chasing around skirts, Rad has spent the majority of his the five years feeding, cleaning and rehabilitating his father.
“I would like to have a family, but if I can’t, I’m alright with that because I have made this decision,” Martinez shared.
Because of the overwhelming demands his dad requires from him, Rad barely has any excess time to perfect his MMA game. As his peers continue to prepare full time for their upcoming battles, Rad is only afforded a couple of hours each day to train.
Rad has posted a respectable 9-2 professional record while competing in some of MMA’s smaller organizations. He’s hoping to make it to the big stage and bright lights of the UFC, but suffered a minor setback when he was submitted by Brian Cobb this past May.
“Some people ask why I do it, why I have taken this on. I look at them and smile because the answer is so simple … he’s my dad,” Rad said in closing.
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