Some sacrifices a fighter makes are apparent. Others are hidden, with solely the person who makes that stroll understanding what it took to get there.

For Humberto Bandenay, who makes his Octagon debut this Saturday towards Martin Bravo, the apparent sacrifice was leaving family and friends in Lima, Peru to chase after the dream of turning into a UFC fighter.

“I really like the place I’m from, however I felt like I wanted to be in a state and nation the place MMA is superior, so coming to Group Oyama was undoubtedly vital for my preventing profession,” stated Bandenday of coaching in Southern California. “Staff Oyama is the right place for me. My coaching companions and coaches are so superior and it’s an excellent workforce to be on as a result of everyone is there to get higher and assist their teammates get higher too.”

Fighters like Bandenay have little selection however to maneuver in the event that they need to get higher and get observed. Presently, solely Enrique Barzola and Claudio Puelles be a part of Bandenay as Peruvians on the UFC roster, and whereas the nation has been the longtime residence of bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko, she’s even taken her present on the street to organize for current bouts.

“It’s very troublesome, as a result of the one well-known sport there’s soccer,” Bandenay stated. “Everybody simply concentrates on soccer (laughs), and no one actually pays consideration to MMA so there aren’t very many alternatives. However I consider myself and some different fighters are making extra individuals concentrate, making it fairly a bit extra well-liked.”

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Bandenay (thirteen-four, 1 NC) can do his half in Mexico Metropolis towards the unbeaten and favored Bravo. It’s a struggle the 22-yr-previous didn’t get a full coaching camp for, and that’s one other apparent sacrifice he needed to make. The hidden one was that in early July, as he was coaching for an additional bout, he was advised that his unwell father was near dying. Bandenay packed his luggage and received able to cancel the bout and go residence, solely to be informed by his father to remain and battle.

He listened to his father, who handed away a short while later. Quickly, Bandenay acquired the decision for his UFC debut.

“At first of my profession, he wasn’t a fan of it,” Bandenay stated of his father. “However like lots of people, as he noticed the exhausting work that I used to be placing into it, he slowly however certainly turned my primary fan. He needed me to coach as onerous as I can and develop into the most effective that I probably might.

“It was very troublesome after his passing as a result of I wasn’t there. It was very onerous to coach, understanding that my household was in ache and that I couldn’t be there for them. He has definitely develop into my primary motivation as a fighter, and as a person, and this victory can be devoted to him.”

With that type of motivation, recreation plans, methods, opponents and preventing away from residence are elements that basically don’t matter anymore, and Bandenay admits it. He’s simply targeted on profitable and doing what is important to get that end result. Martin Bravo is only a identify on a bout sheet.

“I simply see him as one other step in my journey to turning into the fighter and human being that I need to be,” he stated. “I’m not involved about his profession or something that he has happening on his aspect. All I’m involved about is getting the win, so I’m strictly specializing in myself, my very own coaching and what I’m going to do once I step into the Octagon this weekend. He’s simply one other fighter that I’ve to beat. I’m going to confront him and I’m going to win. August fifth is the day that I get that victory. I want him all the perfect, however that is my time.”