TMZ recently caught up with Alberto Del Rio to discuss his future in MMA. Here are the highlights.
Del Rio On Returning To MMA:
Everybody knows I went through some difficult times and when you go through things like that, it makes you stronger. Now that all of those bad moments, bad experiences, are in the past I started feeling humbly when it comes to doing stuff that I used to do like fighting and every time I’m here doing combates, I see those young fighters going toe to toe, trading punches, kicks, everything, I get excited. I get goosebumps sometimes. I kept saying, ‘I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna do it,’ so I finally decided to go back to the gym. I was always training; but, I was always training just to look good in front of the mirror, in front of the camera; but, for the first time after nineteen years, I started doing some sparrings with my boxing coach and my jujitsu coach and I was like, ‘Damn, I think I can do this again.
Del Rio On Whether He Thinks He Can Compete With The Younger Fighters:
That’s a perfect question amigo because I question myself with the same words. The first day I went back to the MMA gym I said, ‘Fu*k no, I’m not sure if I really want to do this.’ I went home slept it over and then the next day in the morning, I opened my eyes, got up from bed and was like, ‘Fu*k yes.’ I want to go back there and those kids moving me around yesterday, I want to kick their ass today and I couldn’t do it the second day. I couldn’t do it the second day either; but, after three weeks of training and getting my cardio back, my stamina back, my endurance back, just two days ago the jiu-jitsu instructor, who is also a black belt in jiu-jitsu…. I tapped him out two days ago. I’m doing this for the right reasons, to prove something to myself, to prove me that I’m back, to prove me that I still have it, to prove to my children that dad is a fu*king super hero.