Fresh off his third MMA fight, continuing his undefeated streak with another TKO, Anthony Orozco speaks about his journey into the world of mixed martial arts and how he ended up at The Arena. Already a 2X National Champion College Wrestler, Anthony is now developing his striking skills and looking to pursue a career in fighting.
I’m Anthony Orozco. I’m from Murrieta, California, and I’ve been training MMA for six months, and I’ve been with The Arena for three of those months.
I started my grappling career my freshman year of high school, wrestled for those four years of high school, and then I was lucky enough to get a college offer. I wrestled for four years of college, and ended up being a two-time national champ my junior and senior year.
Graduated from college and I was looking for a new way, a new outlet to compete. I started Jiu-Jitsu, competed for about six months, but then realized that I was hungry for a little different type of competition. And then I decided that MMA would be the new route. So I signed up Epic 47 to fight, and I hadn’t sparred with anybody. I was kind of just hoping that my wrestling would carry me through that first fight and I can get noticed.
I was at Wayne’s and that’s where I met Chuck, the coach at Arena. He pretty much asked me where I was training and I said, “I don’t have a gym. I don’t have a coach.” And I fought that first fight at Epic 47 and I won in the second round, TKO. And then after that, I talked to Chuck and Chuck invited me to The Arena.
So obviously, there was some holes in my game. I had trained wrestling for eight years, but I had no striking. And then I met Chuck and Vince, and they have really evolved my game in these little three months that I’ve trained with them. And I’m excited to see what we can do in the next three months, and then the next three months, and the next three months. It’s going to be a great journey.