I never thought I’d have to write these words. In May this year, I received the biggest body blow by being told I’ve been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine carcinoma. My mind staggered to take in the doctor’s words considering there’s only so much as humans we can control.
This is my story.
I share it, so others are inspired by the words of some of my combat sports heroes. In the darkest of times, these words have been the ‘words from my corner’, the pep talk I needed to pick myself up and battle on.
Michael Bisping is a former UFC Middleweight Champion who unfortunately suffered a detached retina in 2013 by getting knocked out by Vitor Belfort.
This has now left Bisping blinded in one eye, and initially, he was told by the doctors he would never be able to fight again.
Although, he disregarded the doctor’s advice and became a UFC World Champion in 2016, where he won against MMA veteran Luke Rockhold, an opponent he took on short notice, which makes the legacy Bisping created even more amazing.
What exactly is my desired sports industry legacy?
Ash’s Sports Talk has been an integral part of building my personal brand to gain recognition in the industry, a major reason for receiving my position as a Digital Content Executive at Oporto Sports Management.
You can view my portfolio here in terms of my achievements.
Now, my legacy lies in the desire to support athletes, brands, and others across the combat sports world through the power of athlete-driven marketing, storytelling, content creation and other digital marketing methods, which I’m always happy to chat more about.