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Shane Young: Fighting to Inspire

Hailing from Maraenui in Napier, Shane is most noted for being the first UFC fighter to walk to the octagon carrying the Tino rangatiratanga flag (a symbol of Māori sovereignty) and subsequently conducting his post-fight interview in Te Reo Māori – another first in the organization.

Ricky Simon: Living Outside of the Comfort Zone

After an unsatisfactory debut, Ricky Simon faced Montel Jackson (at short notice) back in August, but he again says he was not truly happy with his own performance. Despite having won both bouts and remaining unbeaten in the UFC, Simon hopes that it’ll be third time lucky in his own mind, and he’ll put on a display that he can be truly proud of this weekend, when he faces Rani Yahya at UFC234.

Tyson Pedro: Fighting Stereotypes

When 26 year old  Aussie Tyson Pedro is announced in the UFC octagon as “fighting out of Sydney, Australia” it speaks only a half truth.  He is indeed Australian born but as is the case with many of his fellow countrymen his ancestry originates elsewhere; in Pedro’s case through his parents’ Spanish and Samoan roots.