Mike Beltran defines being a “Rad Dad”. He lives life on his own terms as an MMA Referee and Judge, and has called the fights of some of the most talented folks in the game. The man behind the infamous mustache took the time to chat with us about his life and how dedicated he is to family, and raising his son.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
My name is Mike Beltran. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. I come from a family of 6 and I’m of Mexican decent. Although my parents were loving, caring, hard working and disciplined, they also instilled tough love and old school values.
I am a divorced father with full custody of my 14 year old son, Michael Beltran. I’ve been divorced for approximately 8 years. I’m fortunate to have found in my opinion the perfect woman and currently engaged to be married.
I am a professional MMA Referee and Judge licensed in California and several states throughout the country. I travel throughout California and the country refereeing MMA. I’m privileged to officiate some of the most talented MMA fighters in the world as well officiate the best up and coming talent in the amateur ranks. It’s been an honor to officiate fighters and see their development as well as growth. Not to mention over come adversity and see them become Champions.
It’s a juggling act balancing my busy schedule. My primary focus is my son. I’ve been blessed and fortunate to have him in a great private school, St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. He’s a Freshman and on the Varsity wrestling team. My focus is his education, wrestling and developing a solid young man who respects others and isn’t afraid of hard work. Our goal is to get him accepted into Stanford University, wrestle and hopefully one day he’ll go to medical school and be a Doctor. My schedule is tailored around his school, activities, practices and wrestling matches. I’m also on the coaching staff at his school. In between, I squeeze in my workouts and train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/MMA. I’m also a referee on the hit Directv Original Series drama called “Kingdom”. Through the travels, practices and hectic schedules, I’m fortunate to get it done with the assistance of my family, fiancé and close friends.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Being a modern-day to me is what you make it. I chose to bring my son into this earth and will do whatever it takes to help him accomplish his goals and bring the best out in him. I believe being Mr. Mom can be challenging, stressful, crazy, however rewarding and amazing at the same time. Especially when as parents we see our kids accomplish goals and see them believing in themselves. That’s when I know I my not be perfect but I’m doing something right.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
The moment my son was born I knew it wasn’t about me. Words couldn’t describe the feelings I had for being blessed and fortunate to have a healthy son. I now had to think about my family first. I knew I had to work harder to get things done.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Seeing my son grow and watching him become a solid respectful young man. Not to mention his development in sports and education. The confidence he has and the fact he believes in himself is awesome. The bond we have developed is amazing and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m truly blessed.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
I think it’s funny and kind of a “father/son dude moment” when my son is now almost as tall as me and in a joking way he’ll shoulder bump me when ever he can. Michael tells me “I’m almost as tall as you and soon I’ll be able to take you down and kick your butt Dad”. Then just like two boys, we’ll wrestle where ever we’re at to see who the champ is. Kind of corny but true.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
I was fortunate to have been raised by amazing loving parents. My father was the best example of a solid father figure. The best advice I can give is lead by example and love is key. They’ll be a time for love and tough love when needed. However, never belittle your child or embarrass them. Hold them accountable for their actions but offer solutions when you they make mistakes. That way everyone grows together and respect is key. In addition, put your child first before anyone or anything. They’ll remember that.
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this feature, brother. Keep up the great work and we look forward to seeing you call and judge many more MMA fights!
Referee Mike Beltran