Bellator 184’s Westin Wilson: “I’m a husband and father first”
Thackerville, Okla. (Tue, September 19, 2017)– Before Westin Wilson makes his Bellator MMA debut at Bellator 184 against top Uruguayan contender Gaston Reyno in Thackerville, Okla., on Oct. 6, the Brigham Young University alum sat down with FightBookMMA.
If someone told you, when you were growing up, that one day you’d be fighting for a living, would you have believed them?
Yeah, I’ve been wanting to do this since fifth grade and I’m 28, now. So it’s been a really long time coming.
It’s funny. I was really small as a kid. I was the runt out of six kids. At sixteen I was 5’6″ and ninety-five pounds and I was wrestling. Between my first and second junior years I put on about six inches and thirty pounds. I did two stints of high school because I moved to Brazil. My dad’s job brought us down to Brazil, he worked for the DEA. I was wrestling on a nationally ranked team before we moved to Brazil and when we got to Brazil there was no wrestling. My dad said, “if you find a gym I’ll let you train MMA.” It was my second junior year, I was about seventeen and I found Brazilian Top Team in Sao Paolo and I knew it was my team. I went as a wrestler and all I had was good wrestling. They threw me in with professional guys solely to take them down and try to hold them for five minutes. That was introduction to MMA.
You moved back to America after the two years of high school?
I did two years of high school then served in a Spanish-speaking Mormon mission in New York. I then returned home to Brazil and within the month my parents were transferred to Tacoma, Washington. So I went to school in Utah.
Do you currently work outside of MMA?
I’m a business analyst for a software company. I write reports and do business strategy stuff and come up with better processes for clients. I have a degree in public relations and I do a lot of consulting work for gyms and promotions.
How does MMA line up with your priorities in life?
I’m a husband and father first – I’ve got two daughters. My faith comes second. Fighting is third. My career is fourth. That’s me in a nutshell. I do like to stay busy and do a lot of work. I always stay connected. I train every day, even if I don’t have a fight coming up. I’m usually at home with my family or out helping other people.
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