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Local MMA figher Alec Killebrew prepping for amateur belt match in “Best of Best” fight series

Local MMA figher Alec Killebrew prepping for amateur belt match in “Best of Best” fight series


OR GRAPPLE THEIR OPPONENT INTO SUBMISSION. FOR LOCAL AMATEURS–GETTING A FIGHT HERE WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE–BUT THIS WEEKEND THEY’LL FINALLY GET THEIR CHANCE. NATS ALEC KILLIBREW HAS BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR HIS SHOT. NATS HE’S BEEN CHASING A DREAM FOR MONTHS… NATS TRAINING… NATS CUTTING WEIGHT. NATS THE FRONTIER GRAD GREW UP PLAYING BASKETBALL BUT TWO YEARS AGO WENT TO AN MMA FIGHT AND INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SPORT. “I SAW THE WHOLE CROWD GET UP AND I WAS LIKE I HAVE TO DO THIS.” NATS THIS–IS THE DREAM. NATS THE CAGE AT A UFC FIGHT. NATS BUT BEFORE HE CAN SHARE THE LIGHTS WITH GUYS LIKE CONOR MCGREGOR–HE’LL HAVE TO GRIND ON THE AMATEUR CIRCUIT. “WE’VE BEEN WANTING A FIGHT HERE IN BAKERSFIELD FOREVER.” WHILE THERE HAVE BEEN PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS HERE IN TOWN–IT’S BEEN FOUR YEARS SINCE A FIGHT SERIES FEATURED AMATEURS. “A LOT OF THESE AMATEURS TRAVEL TO FIGHT AND THEY FIGHT FOR FREE SOMETIMES. THIS WAY A LOT OF THESE LOCAL FIGHTERS HAVE A CHANCE FOR ONCE IN THEIR TIME TO FIGHT AT HOME.” THIS WEEKEND–ALEC WILL GET HIS SHOT. NATS BUT HE HAS NO IDEA IF IT’LL PAY OFF. “YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING GET.” TO PAY THE BILLS–ALEC WORKS AT AIMES–A GROUP THAT PROVIDES CARE FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED. NATS HIS SHIFT RUNS FROM MIDNIGHT TO EIGHT IN THE MORNING. “WHEN YOU HAVE A FIGHT AND IT’S FIGHT WEEK AND YOU GOTTA WORK THERE’S NO SLEEP. YOU SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE DEAD. THERE’S NO IF ANDS OR BUTS ABOUT IT. HOW MANY HOURS DID YOU GET LAST NIGHT? I DIDN’T SLEEP. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SLEPT? I SLEPT TWO NIGHTS AGO.” WHEN HE FINALLY DOES REST–HE FEELS THE REALITY OF HIS PAIN. “SOMETIMES I’LL WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND I’LL BE LIKE HOLY HELL I FEEL LIKE I’M 80 YEARS OLD. DOES THAT SCARE YOU? YEAH…YEAH BECAUSE I’VE BEEN TOLD BY DOCTORS AND STUFF TOO–AND MY MOM FREAKS OUT ABOUT IT REAL BAD.” DESPITE THE REPEATED HITS. NATS DESPITE THE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. “IT’S A KID-HE WANTS IT-HE’S HUNGRY.” DESPITE THE MENTAL STRAIN. “I KNOW I’M GOING TO WAKE UP. BUT I WANT TO WAKE UP AND WIN.” SO THAT THIS OPPORTUNITY ISN’T HIS ONLY SHOT. “I WANT TO BE WALKING OUT IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS NOT HUNDREDS I WANT THOUSANDS.” FOR ALEC KILLEBREW THE DREAM OF SOMETHING BIGGER–MAKES IT ALL WORTH IT. ALEC WILL TAKE PART IN ONE OF FIFTEEN FIGHTS THIS SATURDAY AT W-S-M AUCTIONS. DOORS OPEN AT FIVE WITH THE FIGHTS STARTING AT SIX–YOU CAN FIND A LINK TO MORE INFO UNDER THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE–TURN TO 23 DOT COM. IN THE STUDIO–STEPHEN HICKS–23ABC SPORTS.

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