Diego Freitas Success Story
Diego Freitas Success Story
Diego Freitas an athlete.
A short introduction to yourself?
My name is Diego Freitas. I’m 28 years old. I’m natural to Venezuela, but I live in Portugal since the age of 3.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start learning karate?
I started training at 15 years old. It was love at first punch! I had never done any sport before kickboxing, but once I tried, I stuck with it, until today, and hopefully, for a few more years.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in (your sport)?
So I practice kickboxing and more recently started mixed martial arts. In kickboxing, it’s hard to rank yourself since there is a ton of different organizations and federations. And I’ve fought in many. But for most of the organizations that I fight, I’m ranked inside the top 10 of my weight class. In one of them, I’m ranked n2 with only the champion topping me.
Do you have a favorite Sensei?
I do, my favorite sensei is the person who thought me to throw my first punch. The name is Arnaldo Silva. He will always be my sensei. Although I am currently training under 2 other coaches, who are just as great coaches!
How did you get into this position and how did your journey in this sport go?
There is no secret to it. It’s all work, patience plus dedication, and also mental strength, to outcome adversity.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
It’s a profession, as it requires a lot of time and physical activity. But it kind of started as a hobby.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
I believe the biggest challenge I’ve faced is undoubtedly the difficulty of living only out of the fight purses. Especially in the beginning and now with the pandemic. Portugal is not a country where fighters get much recognition, and that makes it hard to get sponsors and support. But we need to work with what we have and make the best out of it, and so I have a part-time job in a supermarket to help with house expenses. Also had a few injuries. Also Broke my hand twice and also got some stitches in my shin, from a cut. The broken hand was a difficult time, as it put me out of action for almost a year.
What motivates you most about your profession as an athlete?
Being number 1! That’s always been my goal, ever since I took this kickboxing thing more seriously. And then by being number 1, I can provide my family with the fighting purses I get.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
Well, not anything to learn
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
Well, I have many, but the two most marking matches in my career are my victory in China against Dzhabar Askerov and my MMA debut in Bellator against Ilias Bulaid. Although I didn’t win the last, it was great going 15 minutes with one of the best to ever do it, and also the stage it went down.