Meet David Perez
Every once in a while you meet someone that you really want to hate but just can’t. You want to hate them because they are just so awesome at everything they do without really putting forth any major effort, but in the end they are just too damned nice to even consider hating. David Perez is that guy. Not only is he incredibly polite (he keeps calling me sir) but when he is not training to fight, coaching, or mentoring young Airmen, he is competing in ultra-marathons and century bike races, then donating his winnings to Veteran charities.
Born and Raised in East Los Angeles, CA, David’s fondest memory of his childhood was also his last. Leaving! Enlisting in the Air Force just over eleven years ago, David has found his new home in the Air Force and plans to hanging around as long as they will let him. I have a feeling that making the cover of the Air Force Times isn’t going to hurt any in that matter!
Perez has a self-proclaimed style of hybrid fighting that is based purely on endurance but claims his foundation comes from his younger years as a wrestler. As an example of his endurance; two years ago at the Buffalo Thunder King of the Cage, David fought and won by an arm triangle choke. The following fight was supposed to be by his corner man who caught a bad case of the chickens and backed out at the last second. The promoter asked Perez if he was interested in fighting again and without thinking twice, Perez stepped back into the cage without cooling off and won back-to-back fights with a 20 minute time period. Talk about RTFU!
While he may come across as a smooth operator who rarely makes mistakes, David recalls a time when, as a young Airman, he was tasked with transporting a vehicle engine from the Air Force Base to a local garage for repair. No big deal, right? Wrong! As he is driving down the road he hears a large thud and realizes that he just lost the unsecured engine out the back of the pick-up truck he was driving. Perez explains he was a little embarrassed to ask for help in loading an engine from the middle of the road and had a little more explaining to do upon his return.
Even though David is in the Air Force and works in the logistics field, I wonder if he secretly aspires to be in the Army-Fighting Tigers. I asked Perez for the wildest thing he had ever done. Without any hesitation he told of time he was hunting in New Mexico and had killed an Oryx (an Antelope looking creature for all those wondering). Without delay he took and ate the liver of freshly killed Oryx and then smeared blood all over his face while howling at the top of his lungs. Ok, I may have exaggerated the whole blood and howling thing, but he still ate the warm, fresh liver!
David Perez has been fighting for Team Rhino for many moons and his next fight is April 14th in Baltimore, Maryland. You should really go check him out but if you can’t, give his new website a view www.davidperezmma.com.