UFC Bantamweight Rob Font Reveals How Delivering Pizza Led Him Into The World of MMA

Published 05/20/2021, 9:43 AM EDT


Most athletes who make it as professional fighters have had aspirations to be one right from their childhood. However, on rare occasions, fighters get into the sport by a mere coincidence. Rob Font was one such fighter.

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Before working for UFC, Font worked as a pizza delivery guy in Tampa, Florida. Once, during his usual delivery work, he got a chance to come across Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, which forever changed his course of life.

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Recently, Font appeared for an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. He fully described the interaction he had with those practitioners. “I was in Tampa, Florida, delivering pizzas. I loosely knew what MMA was and UFC,” he said.

“You know the guys like Chuck Liddell, but I didn’t really watch it. I was more kind of boxing fan as far as combat sports (is concerned).”

“Didn’t know what Jiu-Jitsu was, didn’t know obviously college wrestling or high school wrestling was. Then I delivered (pizza) to a house, they were doing Jiu-Jitsu, and they kind of like broke it down for me what they were doing and what UFC was.”

The bantamweight fighter then revealed that they were watching Georges St-Pierre vs BJ Penn. He further credited them for informing him about a BJJ school. Font never looked back from the point and could potentially be on his way to UFC gold.

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The inquisitiveness inclined Font towards learning Muay Thai and, of course, the BJJ and many other aspects of MMA. After some successful stints for other promotions, Font signed with the UFC in 2014.

His initial run saw him blow hot and cold in the promotion, with disheartening losses coming against John Lineker, Pedro Munhoz, and Raphael Assuncao.

Now, he is on a three-fight win streak, with the latest one coming over Marlon Moraes via TKO. He is now gearing up to face Cody Garbrandt in the headliner of UFC Vegas 27.

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With the current champion Aljamain Sterling out for the rest of the year, it is expected that the winner of this fight will be among the top two candidates to scrap for the belt once Yan and Sterling have their rematch.

Keeping aside the permutations and combinations, Font’s latest upturn should give him the confidence to have a go at the title.

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Can the former pizza delivery guy end up being the UFC champion someday?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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