The bell rang and, as trained, Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez (4-0) stood on his end of a confined space with the gaze of onlookers studying his every movement. On September 16, 2016, the prize, well after the championship rounds (of inquiring minds), was one that a group of fifth-graders in the Sacramento region won’t soon forget.
Inside the cage, exceptional footwork plants Hernandez in a position for success, but the path he’s walked, the one hidden from the public’s eye since becoming a mixed martial artist at the age of fifteen, requires a mindset prepared to be battle-tested. Hernandez hoped his message to the students—the sky is the limit—connected like one of his killer combinations:
“It’s important to go talk to kids because they need to know: school is not for everyone, and there are options available. If you put your mind to something, you can accomplish anything.”
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