Proceeds of the campaign will go to offset the $10,000-plus in mounting rehab costs related to surgery Conor had to repair injuries he sustained during his Strikeforce loss to Ryan Couture on March 3.
Birthday: February 11, 1979
Weight: 155 lbs
Height: 5’ 10”
City / Town: Boulder
Country: United States of America
Association: 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Musician(s): Krewella, The Weeknd, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Eminem, Tom Petty, Jay-Z, Swollen Members, Mac Miller, Benny Benassi, Dead Prez, Joseph Gettright, Gang Starr, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Biggie, Telib Kweli, Mos Def, Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, Dr. Dre, 3OH!3, The Roots, Prince, and KC and the sunshine band.
Favorite Movie(s): Fight Club, I Heart Huckabee’s, Lost in Translation, Avatar, Rocky, Vision Quest, 300, Braveheart, The Fighter, Raging Bull, Pulp Fiction, Ninja Scroll.
Why I Became a Fighter:
I really believe that I was born a fighter. I believe that we have one soul and many bodies and that I have been a warrior for many lifetimes. I have always loved competition and I have always had the determination, drive, and heart of a warrior, but I didn’t start fighting until the 5th grade. I started wrestling when I was just 5 years old and lost my first match without getting my thumb out of my mouth but never had been in a real fight
On day my dad picked me up after football practice and I was crying again about being bullied because one of the bigger kids on the team took his cleats off after practice and hit me in the face with them. He had all of his friends with him and I was afraid to fight back. We were driving home as I was telling this story to my father when we saw the bully walking on the sidewalk by himself. My dad pointed him out and said, “Isn’t that him right there? He doesn’t have any friends with him right now. You need to get out of the truck and handle this.”
I was terrified because despite my 5 years of wrestling, I had never been in a real fight. I knew my dad wouldn’t let me get killed so I faced my fears and got out of the truck and stepped into the bully’s path on the sidewalk, ready to throw down.
To my surprise, the bully didn’t want anything to do with me without his friends there to back him up. He was just preying on my fear and believing I wouldn’t fight back but when it came time to scrap, he was more scared than I was.
I realized at that moment when you face your fears they are never as big and as bad as imagined. From that day forward I vowed never to back down from something because of fear. Although no blows where exchanged, that was the day I became a fighter. I haven’t looked back since and I never let fear stand in the way of achieving my dreams.
The highlight of my career so far was my second round TKO over Edison Berto at the final Elite XC Heat card in FLA where Seth Petruzelli famously knocked out Kimbo Slice in just 14 seconds. I was a huge underdog going into the fight and all of my friends were calling me and telling me not to take the fight and that Berto was too much for me.
I was scared, especially with everyone doubting me, but as I’ve learned facing your fears is always the right thing to do so I took the fight. To all but my surprise, I was able to stop Berto in the second round and really felt like I hadn’t been hit at. When I went back and watched the tape a couple weeks later I saw that he had hit me with everything but the kitchen sink. Somehow it didn’t seem to matter.
I was really in the “flow state” or the “zone” for this fight and it just felt beautiful. I’m always looking to obtain this state of elevated consciousness in the cage where everything looks like it’s coming in slow motion and the punches feel like pillows. This elevated state is why I fight and what I look to obtain not just in the cage but also in my everyday life through meditative practices. It is in the cage where I feel closest to the source or closest to God so for me fighting is really a blessing.
(Video courtesy of YouTube/Conor Heun)