Fighters, as a rule, are an unusual bunch. You must be a little off-center in order to willingly participate in a sport where you are repeatedly punched, kicked and choked. They do not all come from the wrong side of the tracks; mixed martial arts has its fair share of normal athletes. But it also has its share of men and women who grew up enveloped on a haze of violence, whether in the home or on the streets or at school.
Abel Trujillo will tell you that he used to have an anger management problem. And you believe it when he tells you this, because he stares directly at you, unblinking, and you instantly recognize the truth in his words.
"I had anger problems. Mixed martial arts helped me conquer that, but I can still channel it. And come fight time, I have to channel it," Trujillo told Bleacher Report. "I'm not a nice fighter. I don't touch gloves. I don't hug. Even at weigh-ins, I'm up in his face. I'm going to be in a fight. "
Mixed martial arts helped him figure out how to control those emotions, but the emotions haven't totally vanished. He still needs the anger when he fights, because he is a violent fighter by nature. He eschews the notion of competition; he is not looking for the win, but rather for the kill.