The Fight of his Life

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Local fighter looks to reach his MMA dreams

By Ryan Butler

An interest in Japan may take one recent Chiefland High School graduate into a career in professional Mixed Martial Arts.
Since graduating from CHS in May, Tony Robinson has been preparing full-time for his first semi-professional MMA fight. The July 14 fight in Biloxi, Miss. will be the culmination of training that was inspired by a life-long interest in Japanese culture.
“I liked the culture of respect,” Robinson said. “You gain respect as you go. The higher you go the more respect you have.”
“WAR”, Robinson’s fighter nickname derived from his initials (William Anthony Robinson), will hope to win the fight on July 14 so he can compete in bigger fights down the road.
Robinson started later than most fighters, beginning karate lessons two years ago at age 16.
“It was awkward at first because I was around people who were ten yeas old,” Robinson said. “It was humbling.”
His first opponent was quickly humbled as well. Robinson beat a brown belt in his first fight. He said he knew he had a bright future after that initial fight.

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