Julio Pena can say he shares something in common with newly-crowned UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
Like Miocic, who competes and continues to work as a firefighter in Ohio, Pena helps serve the greater good.
Pena (4-0) splits time as a member of the Lion Fight roster while also serving as a Deputy Sheriff. He’ll return to action on May 27 against Travis Clay as part of Lion Fight 29 on AXS TV from Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“It’s a difficult task,” said Pena, during a recent interview with FightLine. “It comes down to time management. I train every day after work and on the weekends. When I have time off work, I try to put in double sessions at the gym.
“Between fights, I look forward to going home after work since it doesn’t happen to often.”
Pena is coming off a pair of knockouts for Lion Fight, including a victory over Tim Amorim at Lion Fight 26. He’s also bested Tom Evans, Matt Doherty and Yeison Berdugo, with the Evans fight ending in a highlight-reel knockout and both bouts vs. Doherty and Berdugo turning into epic slug-fests.
“Fans are going to enjoy this fight,” Pena said. “I’ve trained my ass off like I always do and I’m excited to get back in the Lion Fight ring.”
Getting picked up by Lion Fight has given Pena a reason to smile each and every morning.
“It’s huge for me,” he said. “I never thought I’d go pro, and being able to fight for such an amazing promotion….I am very appreciative of the contract extension.”