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Interview With Danny Chavez Ahead of UFC Vegas 19

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UFC featherweight Danny Chavez will look to begin his UFC career (2-0) when he faces Jared Gordon at UFC Vegas 19. In my interview with Danny Chavez, we discussed the match-up, his Colombian pride, his warrior mentality, and much more.

‘The Colombian Warrior’ made quite an impression in his UFC debut against TJ Brown last August. On short-notice, Chavez displayed crisp striking – exemplified by his devastating leg kicks. Perhaps most impressively was his ceaseless cardio, which was evident in his two takedowns as time expired.

Having the benefit of a full training camp has Chavez feeling in peak condition in all aspects. As for matching up against Jared Gordon at UFC Vegas 19, Chavez believes he’s in a good position to earn his second straight UFC victory.

Interview With Danny Chavez

“I think Jared Gordon is a game opponent,” he said. “He reminds me a little bit of TJ Brown in that he’s going to want to box and go for takedowns, try to wrestle me – but I believe TJ Brown is a better athlete. Jared Gordon actually has more experience though, and has fought really good guys. He’s making changes right now. This is his second fight at 145 (lbs.) and I think he’s a dangerous guy, but I am a great kickboxer with amazing takedown defense. Also, if he does manage, by some miracle, to get me to the ground – I’m a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu. No matter where we go, he’s going to be in trouble against me.”

Danny Chavez proudly represents the nation of Colombia on the big stage that is the UFC. Born in New York, Chavez moved to Colombia at the age of seven to live with his father. After spending most of his childhood there, he claims “it was one of the best decisions of his life”. In my interview with Danny Chavez, I asked him what it means for him to be able to represent Colombia in the UFC.

“It means a lot man,” Chavez responded, “I love my Colombian people and the culture. It’s just completely different than here you know – every country has its cultures – I love the United States too, but I was raised over there and I really fell in love with the Colombian culture. If I’m not wrong, I’m the seventh UFC fighter out of Colombia and my goal is by the time I’m 35 to bring a UFC title back to Colombia.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Danny Chavez reacts after the conclusion of his featherweight bout against TJ Brown during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The second part of Chavez’s nickname is warrior and it’s fitting. Chavez was able to conquer his past trials and tribulations and emerge a warrior.

“Well we all have a story you know what I mean,” he replied. “I feel like throughout my whole life I’ve been a warrior – I’ve been through a lot – all the struggles with my own personal drama. Throughout my teenage years it was just me and two of my sisters. We were without parents, but I wouldn’t say a broken home because we managed to stick together. Like I said, I feel like I’ve been a warrior my whole. I don’t back down from any challenge – whatever challenge life throws at me, I’m ready to go face it.”

To me, discovering when, where, and how someone began training mixed martial arts full-time is always fascinating. So in my interview with Danny Chavez, I made sure to ask.

“I really picked up mixed martial arts at 19,” Chavez confirmed. “I had just turned 19 and my friend Alex Bermudez showed me The Ultimate Fighter: Season 3. I started watching it and I fell in love – it was like love at first site. I fell in love with it and to be honest, the first art I fell in love with was Jiu-Jitsu. So I started searching through the Yellow Pages for a school and I found one that was advertising Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling. When I saw that, I was like ‘damn!’. I ended up going there for about two years. Then later on my friend told me about a school and that’s when I met my gym MMA Masters.”

Over the course of our 45 minute conversation, I learned that Danny Chavez is a prideful man, a loyal man, and a family man. He credits his father and his aunts for instilling quality life values in him, such as having a tireless work ethic. To this day, it’s family over everything for Chavez.

“Like I said, I didn’t have parents when I came back over here (Miami),” he explained. “No mom, no dad, so it was just me and my siblings. I thought I could run my whole life, which was cool at first, but at the end of the day you need parents in your life. Me and my sisters stuck together through it all though – we never grew apart. One thing we never forget is that we’re family.”

Danny Chavez takes on Jared Gordon at UFC Vegas 19! Make sure to tune in to the prelims on Feb 20th, beginning at 5:00PM (ET) to catch the fight. Also, if you enjoyed my interview with Danny Chavez, stay tuned for more content.

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