Kelvin Tiller Says MMA Kept Him Off the Streets
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.07.2014
Tiller wants to be a good role model for his sonů
MMAjunkie recently interviewed MMA fighter Kelvin Tiller, who is set to face Elvis Mutapcic on the main card of WSOF 12. The fight card is set for August 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Below are some highlights from the interview:
Tiller on how MMA kept him out of trouble: "It kept me off the street and kept me out of trouble. I was hanging with the wrong crowd; guys I grew up with were dying, going to jail, getting mixed up with drugs, shooting, murders and stuff like that. I wanted to try something different."
Tiller on wanting to set a good example for his son: "I wanted to set a better example for my son growing up. I didn't grow up having a daddy. I didn't see my daddy until I was about 18 years old. That was my motivation. My mom had to take care of me and my sisters by herself, and I didn't want that for my son. It's important to be a good role model for him instead of being in prison or dead while he's growing up. I wanted to better my life for him, for myself and for my family. I use that as my motivation in everyday life."
Tiller on what he learned from his release from Bellator: "I've learned that I need to make my diet a lifestyle. Bellator did nothing but treat me well, even when they let me go. I just needed to make diet a lifestyle. When you do that, it becomes part of you. I've learned to stay committed, but it's hard when you come from where I come from. We could only afford hot dogs and ramen noodles. On good days it was macaroni and fried chicken. It was all unhealthy food, but that's what worked for us coming from that area. So trying to eat baked fish and chicken was a hard transition, but it's worth it."
Tiller on his fight at WSOF 12: "This is absolutely huge for me. A lot of people told me not to take this fight, but NBC Sports and World Series of Fighting are doing great by me to put me on the main card. To put me in a position to fight for a title next is huge too. I'm grateful, I'm blessed, and I've worked hard. You look at my fights and my record, and it was all earned. This is an earned opportunity, and I promise I'll show the world that I belong."