As previously reported, Alberto El Patron (Formerly Known As Alberto Del Rio) will take on Tito Ortiz and they will be defending their rightful championships of their sports.
The former WWE star, spoke to Sports Illustrated and commented on why he thinks now is the right time for a major fight like this one and how he wants to be a role model.
“I’m trying to show Mexican-Americans, and people around the world, that I’m working for my dreams. I didn’t just decide, out of nowhere, to jump from pro wrestling to MMA. I built a career in Japan and Latin America fighting for many years, fighting for Pride [Fighting Championships] back in 2000, which was when Tito Ortiz was with the UFC. I know Greco-Roman wrestling, which I’ve been doing since I was eight years old, and I’ve been fighting my entire life.”
Alberto also spoke on how his time in WWE has helped him promote this fight along with other things he had learned.
“Spending time with great minds like Vince McMahon, and [Combate Americas CEO] Campbell McLaren, that is what made me who I am. I’m a fighter, a businessman and an executive. I have a pro wrestling company in Mexico [Nación Lucha Libre]. Great minds have helped shape me into the man I am today.”
Alberto lastly spoke on how he is aware MMA fans aren’t too fond of the professional wrestler type:
“Pro wrestling is, and will always be, the love of my life. It’s in my blood, my DNA. I hope wrestling fans choose to support me against an MMA fighter. Look at it like this—boxing and boxing fans look down on MMA and MMA fans. MMA and MMA fans look down on pro wrestling and pro wrestling fans. So if I don’t win, it’s also disappointing for wrestling fans. I will represent pro wrestling with pride in this fight.”
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