Extraordinary Ordinaries: Channeling ADD into MMA pro

Having a disability can be hard. Simply being saddled with the name and stigma along can keep some people down. Not Adiel Velazquez, he's a fighter!

"I kept getting in trouble but I wasn't a bad kid inside," Velazquez said about his childhood, saying that he was potentially on the wrong path.

When he was 18,  "Abby" (as he's called amongst friends and people who don't know how to pronounce his name), he decided to try mixed martial arts. 

"I think its good for every single kid out there that has ADD, I think martial arts period is good for every kid and every adult no matter what weight or what shape you in," Viet Le, Abby's trainer, said.

Abby was such a natural, after only a few years, he's gone from amateur to pro and in early August will compete for his first title belt in "Titan FC 40" in Miami. The credit goes to what he was told was his problem his whole life.

"It helps me, it helps me really well. I can take everything off here at the gym, if I have anger or whatever or energy. I can take it off here!" Abby said.

That has helped his confidence and his overall outlook on life and his career as an MMA fighter.

I wouldn't change where I'm at cause I love it, love what I'm doing. It was my fulfilled dream and I just let it happen and let it be and let God guide me," Abby said.
 

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