VIDEO: Notorious Gangster Turned UFC Star Brian Ortega Tells Insane Life Story

 
 

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Rising UFC Star Brian “T-City” Ortega has taken the MMA world by storm after knocking out Frankie Edgar keeping his undefeated record in tact and 8-0 UFC record with all finishes. On a recent episode of “The Big Brown Breakdown” (Video at the end of the article), Ortega and his coach Rener Gracie discuss his past life growing up in one of the worst ghettos in Los Angeles filled with Gang Banging, Police Chases, Drive by’s, shootouts and jail time.

 
 

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Brian Ortega:
“You know when you see people talking to themselves and you go, ‘Oh, I feel sorry for that person. Well, I’m driving and I see that person and that person was my sister. So I dragged her in the car and took her home. I slip up, I fall asleep. She makes her way around me and then I chase her and I grab her. She starts scratching me and hitting me. I got so mad that I put her against the wall and started kind of choking her.

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Brian Ortega:
“And then my other sister comes behind me and starts choking me. And you got these three f*ck-ups fighting each other. Then I look over and I see my mom’s face and she’s crying and she’s like, what did I do in my life to deserve this? Ever since then, it just kind of stuck with me. Everyone sitting down like a family together at a table.”

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Brian Ortega:
“It’s never happened to me. So when I’m sitting there with [someone else’s] family and they’re all sitting down, they’re having dinner, I was like, ‘Jeez, you guys don’t have to do this for me.’ And they were like, ‘We do this every dinner.’ I was like, whoa.

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Brian Ortega:
“I’m not saying my parents were bad when I say these things. They were busy. They had to work, they had to do their things to keep us afloat, so we didn’t have that luxury for all of us to sit down. My house was a revolving door. You walk in, you walk out, you get whatever you can eat, you leave, you go hang out with friends.”

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Brian Ortega:
“I’m on my mission, my sister’s on another mission, my dad is working trying to provide, my mom is trying to do the same thing. And somehow we’re all co-existing with each other. My house always had at least 14 people in it. And one bathroom. So I didn’t really want to be home.”

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Brian Ortega:
“I was blessed to be able to be born here, My dad crossed. My dad illegally went through the border and was living under a bridge, he was homeless. People are making fun of him, beating him up. All kinds of things. After he kind of figured out the situation, he brought my mom over. And my dad lived in an apartment in Wilmington [California] with 15 or 10 guys in one apartment. And my mom did the same thing with a bunch of girls.”

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Brian Ortega:
“It was survival, Learn where not to be at, so you don’t get shot. Learn where not to walk at, so you don’t get jumped. Learn who to stand up to, who not to. There’s all these rules that go in that environment. Then when I finally got old enough to get a chip on my shoulder, then I wanted to be the alpha dog. I wanted to be the alpha, I wanted to put my work in. And that got me in trouble.”

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Brian Ortega:
“To see that level of ignorance, I was just like, ‘Wow really. You always hear about it, but when someone films it and you see it, it just gets under my skin a little bit. There’s nothing I can do. What can I do? I can’t go to that lady’s house and try to convince her otherwise. She’s set in her mind. The only thing that I can come up with was maybe she was born in another generation where that was how it was back in the day. It was very racial. Things are changing. I don’t know. I would just say ignore them. Better one crazy than two crazies.”

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Brian Ortega:
“The stories they tell me, that’s why I’m first generation and I work hard to make them proud,” Ortega said. “They came here to sacrifice everything for us. The way I look at it is, what kind of son would I be if I didn’t take full advantage of that?”

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