Engaging in martial arts is like climbing a steep mountain, struggling to get to the top only to meet a higher mountain to be conquered. This combative sport teaches strength, perseverance, and self-mastery of mind, body, and emotions. Additionally, it requires a great deal of discipline, focus, and humility necessary to conquer oneself in order to be able to conquer opponents. One martial artist incorporating the extensive lessons of the combat cage to build his resilient character and get better every day is Ryan Ocasio.
Hailing from New York, Ryan Ocasio is one of the fastest-growing and skilled mixed martial artists (MMA) residing in Florida’s sunny climes. At only 20, Ryan’s skill in the fighting cage is awe-inspiring. He is fast, light-weight, and confident in his abilities. Although he is a 125er working up to 135, he hits like a 145er with his impenetrable smooth defense method and recently fought the # 8 person in the state 4-1 record with two knockouts, making him 2-0. A terror to his opponent in the cage, Ryan is an entirely different person outside the cage; he is quiet, a nerd at heart with a love for manga and Spiderman, war and bloodshed.
According to Ryan, there is no one like him in the MMA world. He relocated to Florida from New York at 19, where he lived in a trailer park with drug addicts, slept on the floor, ate 79 cent pasta from Walmart, and was in constant fear of a roommate overdosing on heroin overnight. Yet despite all the challenges, he persevered and stayed true to his goals. “I’ve lived in hell, and I endure it. I thrive in it,” he declared.
This go-getter recently finished a competition and is back to the gym the next day on the grind. “I’m a dog through and through, and I’m going to expose all these fighters because they all clout chasers. Every flyweight should know my name. And I won’t stop until it’s known,” he stated.
For Ryan Ocasio, winning one competition is the starting point. His current goal is to be the flyweight world champion in 2-3 years, and every day he takes a step toward his goal and is now sparring with UFC athletes at only 20. “I don’t care about other people’s opinions. I make moves in silence. So give me some time to get my weight up and a little more fight IQ, and I promise every flyweight will know my name.”
In the coming years, Ryan Ocasio aims to be at the top of the MMA world, taking over the full throttle. He shared that although he felt like a kid at heart, he knows his destiny is to be a god of destruction, striking terror in the heart of his opponents. “In 5 years, I will be UFC flyweight world champion. Mark my words,” he stated.
To learn more about Ryan Ocasio, visit his Instagram page.