Donald Sanchez is a tough guy. I mean, he is a real tough guy. As a full time MMA fighter, you would have to be. With a honest, hardworking, and realistic worldview, he is a family man first and foremost. Having children changed his life in every way and have contributed to every aspect of it, including his rigorous training and intense fights.
Modern Day Dads come from every corner, and this one happens to come from the corner of a MMA octagon. It was an honor to be able to talk with Donald, and get his perspective on what it is like truly being a “Modern Day Dad”.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your
career with being a dad?
I am currently a full time professional mixed martial arts fighter. I have a record of 29 wins and 12 losses. I have fought all of the world in many prestigious leagues. I also am a full time father of four and fiancé. My job blesses me to be able to spend much time with my family as they support me in all my training needs preparing for a fight. They are able to watch me practice whenever they like.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Modern-day dad these days is a very hard role. The world is so corrupt and mean to the common person, I am able to spend more time with my family and help them realize how blessed we really are. We teach the children to give back, with charities or working with the homeless, or any case possible.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
Becoming a father changed my life tremendously. I think of my job as my opponent trying to take a meal from my children, so ultimately that helps me to train harder and to teach the kids that hard work is the only way. Before children, it was “whats the next item in mind to buy”.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
I love to see my kids accomplish their goals and be proud of it. The more they learn, the better i feel.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
Well I’m a fairly small guy, I compete at 145lbs, every time as a family that we watch other fights on tv, no matter the size of the guy, my youngest boys always ask me “is that the guy you’re gonna fight dad, because he is bigger, but i know you will win.” I always tell them that size doesn’t matter, but ultimately when they get older, they will realize why there is different weight classes as you compete.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
I would advise to spend as much time teaching your children the correct morals of life. There is no such thing as easy, but the harder you work on being correct, the better life will treat you.
Thank you so much Donald, it was an absolute pleasure and we wish you continued success! We are routing for you in your next fight on April 4th, and every fight after!
Get in touch with Donald on twitter and instagram @donaldsanchez45.