Chad Livingston’s very first mixed martial arts competition was for a title in Louisiana against a very tough fighter, Dominic Falzarano. Dominic had over 10 fights and had previously beaten one of our guys. When I suggested Chad make his debut against him, the promoter thought I was crazy. Chad ended up stopping Falzarano in the 3rd round and coming home with the belt. His next platform for success was in the 16 man, 155lb Rise of a Warrior tournament. Chad beat 4 skilled fighters enroute to becoming the 1st champion.
His first title defense was to a fighter whom was also in the tournament and lost a controversial decision, Charles Rosa. That would make Rosa’s only loss in both MMA and kickboxing competitions, and he was what UFC veteran, Charles McCarthy called the best amateur in the country.
Chad lost his title to Rosa!
Coming back to the cage after his first loss, Chad looks to capture the belt at a new weight – 145lbs from the current champion, James Pessagno.
How will he respond?
It has been said that “Adversity introduces a man to himself”. Since his loss, I have seen that fire back in his eyes – the same fire that he had right before walking out to his first fight in Louisiana. The intensity that he has been bringing into the sparring sessions make him one of the scariest guys in the room. He has become one of my most pertinent and favorite training partners. I can’t wait to see him scrap this Saturday! April 21st, Rise of a Warrior 6 at The Havert L. Fenn Center in Ft. Pierce.
Dedicated to bouncing back