Hardcore UFC Fan Halle Berry Reveals How Her Father Leaving Her Played a Part in Her Following MMA in Dana White’s Presence

Published 03/05/2022, 7:37 AM EST

It is no secret that Academy Award winner Halle Berry is a big fan of the sport of mixed martial arts. The actress recently released a film called ‘Bruised’, which revolves around the life of a professional fighter. Berry directed the movie and acted in it as well. ‘Bruised’ features the UFC Flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, in it as well.

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Recently, Halle Berry made an appearance at the UFC APEX center and had a press conference alongside Dana White. The actress answered questions about her personal life and her directional debut movie, ‘Bruised.’ Berry spoke about how she grew interested in professional fighting.

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Halle Berry said,” I have been a boxing fan my entire life. When I was a kid I was a latchkey kid and what I had in front of me was the television and boxing. And my dad left the family early so my images of manhood and what it was to be a man were Muhammad Ali, and Frazier, and Fearns, and Hagler, and Sugar Ray Leonard. Like these were fantasies of what a father would be for me right.”

“I fell in love with the sport and it was my favorite pastime as a child. So around I don’t know 2001 I don’t have my facts right but I remember seeing Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche…when I saw these women being treated as men would be treated within the sport. It was a big huge fight. It was publicized, it was UFC. And I fell in love in that moment, I fell in love with women MMA fighters in that moment,” she added.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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