Bellator 112's Sam Oropeza Comments on His MMA Goals
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.14.2014
He wants to be a champion…
- Bellator 112's Sam Oropeza recently spoke about his goals in MMA and more. Here are the highlights…
On His Goals in MMA: "I set a goal back in 2010 to be a world champion by 2014 or 2015. And I believe it. I say my mantras every day and it's the ultimate vision that I see. Having that world title and knowing that I'm the best fighter at 170 pounds for Bellator would bring so much significance in my life."
On What $100,000 Would Mean to Him: "I'd be able to affect the people I've always wanted to affect," he said. "If you locked me in a room with $100,000, I wouldn't be happy. There'd be no happiness about having that money in the room with me. But to have that money to start the business I've wanted to start and to inspire the people I've always wanted to inspire – how can I do that working in a refinery in New Jersey? I've got to go be a world champion."
ON His Parents Inspiring Him: "My dad's passing made a man out of me. Not only him passing away, but everything that came with it," Oropeza said. "I had to watch my mom have a nervous breakdown, go through hell and take care of six kids. She went back to school, she got a degree and she worked. Watching my mom go through that, it's why I always tell people that every day of my life is a great day. How can I say I had a bad day when I look back at what I went through in life? I learned my determination from my mother because I watched her go through all that.
My dad always pops up in my head, and I truly believe he's proud of me," Oropeza said. "I'll go take a walk around my neighborhood and people will tell me they're proud of me, and that watching me do what I love has inspired them to get in shape or start doing a sport they love. That feeling, to know you're inspiring someone and giving them that ‘if you can do it, I can do it' feeling? I love that. I live for that."