Cyborg Santos explains how he was inspired to fight by the never-quit roosters in the cockfighting rings of his childhood, how reading expands his world, and how he is staying happy now that his career as an MMA fighter is likely over. Listen now. Or subscribe on iTunes!
“Make things happen. If things seem like they’re going slow, it’s OK to get frustrated. But if you put all your energy into that frustration, you don’t have any energy in making the situation better.” Listen to FPF Episode 4 now.
“When Winter Soldier came out, I was just like, ‘These are superheroes!’ And they’re fighting. And I’m watching and they’re doing things that I can do. ‘Am I a superhero?’” Listen to FPF Episode 4 now.
“He hit me in the head with the focus mitt, and he said I’m gonna teach you how to avoid that. But as soon as he hit me, I was in love. I was like, oh, yes! This is where I need to be! Hit me again!” Listen to FPF Episode 4 now.
Aaron Alexander, FPF Episode 4 guest, gave us a second Monday walkout song. Take this with you today and kick ass.
“One of the last things my mom said to me was, ‘I’m fighting because we’re fighters, so that’s what we have to do. We have to keep fighting.’” Listen to FPF Episode 4 now.
“A lot of my life has been proving people wrong. And I’m not saying that as a negative thing, because without that, I wouldn’t be who I am. It’s my driving force. . . . My worst fear is becoming normal. I don’t want to become normal.” Listen to FPF Episode 4 now.
Aaron Alexander, Episode 4 guest, had way too many favorite fight scenes. So he gave us the first three that popped into his head. They are good. Enjoy! Universal Soldier: The Reckoning — Scott Adkins vs. Andrei Arlovski Every fight in The Raid 2 Return of the Dragon — Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris
“If you can pull something off when you’re dead tired, you got it when you’re alive. It’s gonna be unbelievable when you’re full of air and full of energy.” Listen to FPF Episode 4 now.
Fighters use walkout songs to buoy them as they enter the arena and march toward the ring or cage to do battle. They are an announcement—to themselves, to their audience, and especially to their opponent—of who they are, in that moment and for that fight. Fighters aren’t the only ones who can use a song to precede them into battle, though. As Monday dawns and a lot of us wake up early and prepare for another long week of hustle and grind, we need a song, too. Today, Aaron Alexander, FPF Episode 4 guest, gives us “Monsta” by O-Solo. His favorite line: “I’m built like Frankenstein, but I’m Michael Myers tough.”