He is right. He’s perfect in six fights as a pro, he’s set to make his UFC debut on one of the biggest cards of the year in front of a packed house at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and, more importantly, his mom is happy.
“My mom told me recently that her heart is full of joy, her heart is so full,” Koslow said. “It means more to me than anything in the world. My mother is a major factor in all of this. She supported me from day one, and her mother too, my grandmother, she supported me enormously, from watching every fight to throwing voodoo on my opponents. (Laughs)”
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With her nickname, you would have thought Grandma would have been working on some Jedi mind tricks. Koslow laughs, but when asked which of the ladies in his life is the one who prays in his room on fight night, he replies, “It’s my grandmother – she’s the one praying in the room.” She doesn’t smoke in the house, but she smokes for my fights. (Laughs) My mom has been to a few of them. She hasn’t been to everyone, but she has gone to as many as she could. She works full time as a surety. My parents have been bail bonders and bounty hunters my whole life, so that’s what she did and she’s been supporting me since day one.
Steven Koslow’s story just keeps on giving, doesn’t it? Being the son of bounty hunters must be interesting, huh?
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“Before I really started MMA when I was young, I thought I wanted to be a bounty hunter like my dad and it just didn’t turn out that way,” he said. “And I’m grateful that I can live my dream and not have to settle for less. Bounty Hunter is a cool gig, but that’s not what I wanted to do with my life. I want to be champion of the UFC, so the fact that I can take a step towards my dream this Saturday is more than I could ever ask for.
Mom and grandma will watch her dream. Sadly, Koslow’s father won’t be, as he passed away earlier this year. Thankfully, father and son have mended the fences after tough times that even led Koslow to write on his UFC bio form that he started training “because I wanted to beat my dad.”