Инстаграм @layziethesavage Michael Mardones
Getting old isn't for pussies... The last few months have been some of the best and worst times of my life. On one side... I've been traveling the world, working with one of the best friends I've ever had, in a business I've been a fan of my entire life... On the other side, my dad isn't doing so well... Words can't describe how fortunate I am for the opportunity that @RondaRousey has gifted to me and I still can't believe I get paid to do this shit sometimes. Especially being a world class fuck up / high-school dropout, who decided to pick up a camera one day and tell his dad, "I'm gonna be involved in this MMA shit somehow. Not exactly sure how yet, but I am..." I can't say Pops was thrilled at my idea for a career at first, but being an artist himself, he understood that a Mardones would never work a 9-5. Never... Ever. But he believed in me before I ever could imagine working with anyone that was anyone, let alone some of the biggest names in the sport. Now, it's my turn to believe in him... For those unaware, my father was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease over 20 years ago, but recently normal activity has become extremely difficult for him. During the last tour I was on, my dad fell and hit his head on the toilet in the middle of the night and it was pretty fucking awful. When I spoke to him on the phone while in recovery, you could tell he wasn't right. It scared the shit out of me hearing him like that... It wrecked me, to be honest. I felt helpless being so far away, so as soon as I got home, I went to visit. It was tough at first, but by the end of the visit, we were cracking jokes and roasting each other like only we can do. It gave me hope... Hope that he will make a full recovery so we can go back to roasting each other full time again. I believe in you, @bennymardones, just like you believed in me.