And although his example is sufficient proof that he has put his past in the past, Williams goes further by talking to young people in the area about life, business and making good decisions. He learned this the hard way, and he hopes the kids he talks to can avoid these bumps on the road.
“I take my time to go talk to the children, teach them to make wise decisions,” he said. “The older kids in high school, I talk to them about building credit and investing, things they really don’t teach but you really have to learn in life. I’m just trying to be the person I needed when I was a kid. A little advice goes a long way. You don’t know who could be dealing with certain things or who could have faced things similar to you. It can be inspiring for them to know that you come from nothing and that you do that. “
Not only do it, but do it at the highest level of sport at the UFC. If it doesn’t keep someone’s mind straight, nothing will. Williams knows it.
“MMA gave me discipline, it gave me something to hope for, it gave me something to know that if I got in trouble, everything I worked for could disappear in an instant “, did he declare. “Years of fighting, every mile, all the time in the gym, blood, sweat and tears, it could just disappear like that. So it really gave me the discipline to calm down and relax. And I have a growing fan base. Wherever I fight, I have more and more fans, from amateurs to pros and up to the UFC. And I just want to keep going, so it really changed my life a lot, just to know that I have people watching me. “
Yes, it’s a wellness and inspiring story, but don’t think for a second that Williams is just happy to be here. No, he has a message for the 170 pound weight class that they only got a clue from Houston last month.
“I am not fighting for money,” he said. “I am there for further growth. One day, I want to be a champion, I want to have this title, I mean I did it. People sleep on you and I like to be the underdog because they never see you coming. I’m hungry. I am here. I am the future of the welterweight division. And they will see me and they will know me. It may not be tomorrow, it may not be next weekend, but I guarantee they will know. “
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