New UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira admits he’s considered quitting MMA at some point, but is happy he decided to stay the course.
It took Oliveira 11 years to reach the top of the mountain in the UFC, and along the way, he admits he’s considered retiring from the sport. While he is clearly one of the most talented fighters in the game, that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, at many times he questioned his ability to be successful as a fighter in one of the toughest sports in the world.
Charles Oliveira admits he thought about retiring from mixed martial arts
Speaking to Brazilian portal Super Lutas, Oliveira explained how he felt at the start of his career and why he is so happy that he decided to go ahead and make MMA part of his career.
“I thought about giving up, from the start. Looking back, I see how worth it it was to go through everything I’ve been through to get here. Everything I’ve been through sums up what I’m asking everyone today. People say, “I want to be a fighter. Are you ready to train? ‘ ‘Today I ask,’ Are you willing to pay the price? ‘ It is not a low price. It is a very high price. When you are “nobody” you have to leave your family, your friends, your party, your wife, everything, in pursuit of a dream.
In addition, the Brazilian insists on the need to be patient and move forward regardless of whether detractors may appear along the way.
“The same way I want it, there are two, three million others who want it. When you start to shine, you annoy others. Unfortunately, this is the wrong thing about human beings. When you get upset, there are people who don’t want you to do well. It is a painful price.
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