Bellator’s undefeated lightweight Luke Trainer (5-0) isn’t your typical MMA fighter and he’s determined to be a champion inside and outside the cage.
The 26-year-old, who will be in action at Bellator London on Friday night, hopes his career as a face breaker will allow him to pursue his real purpose in life: helping underprivileged children.
Trainer was raised in a family that welcomed foster children into their home throughout his formative years. “The Gentleman” now intends to use his MMA career as a platform to support vulnerable children in any way possible.
“My family and I started fostering when I was 12,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s a beautiful thing. I say my life’s purpose is to work with children in care and my passion is to fight.
“It’s just a beautiful thing that has come into my life and my family’s life and it’s changed us all for the better. I think it’s brought us all closer together as a team and in the meantime we’re able to help a group of children.
Most MMA fighters would say their ultimate goal is to be a champion, but Trainer is not one of them. Although he would love to hold Bellator Gold at some point, the Englishman knows his purpose in life is much bigger than sport.
“My life’s purpose is to do a lot more with children in care, to open children’s homes and to have my own foster family,” Trainer revealed.
“Those things are going to be accomplished alongside MMA and doing what I do in MMA is going to put me on a bigger platform, it’s going to be able to raise funds for me to do a good job.”
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Surprisingly, Trainer has no problem separating his two great passions in life.
“Three or four times a year I have to be a complete savage and want nothing from the violence for 15 minutes,” he said. “Other than that, I can focus on the things that make me a better human being.
“It’s easy for me to separate, they’re two very different lives. The person I’m going to walk into a cage with is also trying to kill me. It’s easy to know the intention is mutual. I don’t bully nobody; I don’t do anything I shouldn’t do.”
You can watch Trainer try to extend his perfect record to 6-0 when he takes on Simon Biyong (7-2) at the SSE Wembley Arena, live on BBC iPlayer this Friday night. Alternatively, tickets for the event are still available at axs.com/uk and BELLATOR.com