Trevor Peek earned a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series and his road to the UFC was different than most fighters.
Every fighter comes on to the show with talent, heart, and the dream of making the UFC roster. They also come into their fights with a story and that’s where Peek is different.
When Peek was growing in Alabama, he would get addicted to drugs and alcohol and he was finding himself in a lot trouble as he would steal, drive under the influence and spent several nights in jails.
One day Peek would find his love for God and asked him for the strength to over come his battle with addiction and eventually after a long process in rehab, Peek would get himself clean.
As soon as Peek beat his addiction habits, he made it appoint with every chance he got to spread his message, his love for God and his favorite bible message Romans 8:37.
On Dana White’s Contender Series, Peek would share his message with everyone in his pre-fight package that the UFC broadcasted before his fight. His story really hit home with everyone watching, but he still had to do one more thing to earn a UFC contract and that was impress UFC president Dana White.
In the opening round of Peek’s fight against Malik Lewis, Peek was nearly stopped. Lewis hit Peek with big shot after big shot and the referee thought about jumping in on a few occasions.
Luckily for Peek the fight wasn’t stopped because in the second round, Peek would flip the script. Lewis used a lot of energy in the first round trying to get the finish and Peek wouldn’t go away. Peek would go right through Lewis in the second round and stop him to secure a TKO win.
White was so impressed with Peek’s heart and determination that he praised his performance and gave him a UFC contract.
Following the victory, Peek once again spoke with MyMMANews to discuss his win, his battle with addiction and using his platform as a professional fighter to help people struggling with drug and alcohol problems.
You can watch his full interview in the video above.
A full list of results from Dana White’s Contender Series: Season 6, Week 8 are listed below:
Farid Basharat defeated Allan Begosso via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Ikram Aliskerov defeated Mario Sousa via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 2:09
Trevor Peek defeated Malik Lewis via TKO – Round 2, 2:37
Bruna Brasil defeated Marnic Mann via KO (head kick) – Round 2, 4:33
Daniel Marcos defeated Brandon Lewis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)