Nick O'Brien will be the first to tell you that he will do whatever it takes to accompish his goals. This Saturday he'll face off against Christopher "King Millie" Miller and plans to do just that. Sitting at 155 pounds, this lightweight out of Concept Brazilian Jiu Jitsu already has his eyes on all the fighter he's going to call out after this fight. Read on to learn more about O'Brien be at the Brazos Expo this Saturday to watch him live.
How did you get started and what made you decide to be an MMA fighter?
I felt like I was stuck in 2016, and I kept seeing an ad on the Internet about joining the UFC gym. So one day, I left work early and walked to Walmart. Then, I bought a bicycle and I rode 14 miles to the gym and signed up.
What makes someone a fighter?
Someone that always wants more. So he's going to do whatever it takes to get it, even if it means going to war.
How would you describe your fight style?
What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in a fight?
What's your favorite thing about fighting?
My favorite part about fighting is the challenge. I want to prove myself, and show why I'm an animal and belong in a cage!
If you could start your fight career over, what would you do differently?
Stick with your gut instinct. Never let a hater change your style because they can't stop it.
How do you feel about your upcoming fight?
I'm ready to redeem myself from my debut loss in the feather weight division.
What holes do you see in your opponent’s game?
I don't worry about my opponents game. I'm too focused on working on improving the holes in my game.
How do you think the fight is going to end?
He's probably gonna beat me. L.O.L.
What are your goals in MMA?
I just want to show the world I'm FO'REALZZZ by going undefeated as a pro and to put on a good show for people. I've always had dreams about becoming a LEGENDARY CHAMPION and being the highest paid fighter in MMA history so I can open up opportunities for any positive influence in my life. One day, I can finally start my own gym (FO'REALZZZ FLEXXX SQUAD) to help people see that there are NO LIMITS.
If you could have one dream fight with any MMA fighter, who would it be?
I hope y'all don't mind, I have a few on the list. First, a rematch with Lucas Aguilar. He's the only guy I've ever lost to in a fight. For my dream fight, I wouldn't mind helping my Irish brotha Conor McGregor give Mayweather or Khabbit their first L in the UFC.
What do you like to do outside of MMA?
I'm constantly learning in a precision sheet metal shop. I push parts out on a press brake machine, turret machine, and a hardware machine. When I'm not at work or hanging out with my family, I'm always trying to invent something to improve my fight game.
What is your life motto?
'I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom - how great is that?" -Soledad O'Brien
Who has been the most inspirational person in your life and why?
My dad and mom! They've always always given me anything I've needed. For that, I must reach it to the top so I can finally take care of them!
What is something people should know about you?
It might look like it, but I'm not a cocky guy. Working to be better than I was yesterday.
Is there anyone you would like to thank (sponsors, family, gym, etc.)?
My family Earl and Sandy O'Brien, Creig, Jessica, Braedon, Walter, Ashley, Autumn, John and Lauren O'Brien, and Courtney for being there for me, supporting me and listening to all my fight talks! I also want to thank anyone that has kept that fire going in me when they've seen it running low... y'all are awesome! Thank you, Eric for letting me use the gym whenever! Last but not least, I wanna thank DeDee Lents Carson and Roger Narveaz for all their hard work, answering all my questions, and giving me the opportunity to fight in their events. I really appreciate it!