Heavyweight Prospect Odie Delaney Left Career In Law Enforcement To Become Full Time Fighter
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Odie Delaney (2-0) discusses his heavyweight fight against TUF veteran Jeremy May (13-11, NC) at Atlas Fights on Sept 12. Odie also talks about how he got into MMA, training at American Top Team, and leaving behind a career in law enforcement. Odie spoke about being a first responder in the Charleston 9 massacre which caused him severe post-traumatic anxiety. That lead him to become a full-time fighter.
“From that shooting, I developed a panic attack disorder. That’s not something you should be doing (in law enforcement) Fighting in MMA, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling is kind of the cure for that. Anyone out there that is suffered from PTSD, I would really encourage people to get into a jiu-jitsu gym. It’s done wonders for me. It’s kind of cured my anxiety and things like that. We’re defined as men as to how we react to things like that. You can craw into a hole and feel sorry for yourself. Or you can find a way to change the world around you. I know I can do a really good job in MMA and get a platform. I look at it as a calling from god.”
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