Fulfilling the dream of being a top athlete is no easy task. It’s not only physically demanding, but also calls for sacrifices in every aspect of your life. It’s a challenge that few are actually willing to accept. As armchair athletes, we all can talk at ease about what someone should or should not be doing; we can easily critique an athlete’s performance on their field of play. When it comes down to visualizing a goal and putting that dream into action are you actually there or still on the sidelines? The struggle is real, but Demoreo Dennis, no stranger to challenges is putting his foot down and has made up his mind to accept whatever challenges he faces and give it all to be the best.
An Oklahoma native and the eldest of four children children, Demoreo was inspired to give martial arts a try on a whim to simply lose weight and remain active after leaving college. Before that time, he and his brother Myron, who is now also a professional kickboxer and MMA fighter, had played football in college and in that arena the name of the game was to be big and athletic. Once football was over Demoreo found himself weighing 460 pounds and just being a self-described fat ass instead of an athlete. It was at that time he and Myron stepped into Kentrick Coleman's Academy of Martial Arts. The initial workouts, according to Demoreo were grueling but having never had anything in his life defeat him, his will to preserve inspired him to go further.
Today with a kickboxing record of 12-7 and an MMA record of 6-3, Demoreo has found a home with Glory Sports International and has marked 2017 as the time when he will show the world that all his hard work and effort has not been in vain.
His road in Glory has been no easy trek; currently he has no wins in this organization. In his Glory debut he faced the Englishman, Chi Lewis Parry at Glory 21 in San Diego, this bout ended with a KO loss. Next, in early 2016, Dennis faced Glory newcomer, Guto Inocente at Glory 27 in Chicago. In a bout that stunned fans and critics alike Dennis suffered a devastating KO via spinning kick early in round one. In reflecting on that fight, Dennis stated that he could not have anticipated the spinning body kick and admits that Inocente’s style is quite different than his usual opponents. Instead of getting tired, however, Dennis became inspired. The most significant inspiration being derived from his decision to travel to Holland and spend a few weeks at Mike’s Gym learning some new skills. The time spent under the tutelage of Mike Passenier gave him a renewed hunger for the sport, some new skills and a reshaping of his strategy. Passenier who has trained some of kickboxing’s superstars including Murthel Groenhart, Melvin Manhoef and Badr Hari, introduced him to techniques which Dennis feels have improved his speed, balance strength and intelligence which has in turn, taken his game to a new height. Dennis speaks fondly of his time in Holland stating that since that time he’s grown tremendously and he’s chomping at the bit to showcase the skills he’s been honing.
Like the mythological phoenix rising from the ashes, Dennis is now even more determined to ascend the world heavyweight kickboxing ranks. According to his new philosophy, there is no such thing as ring rust or a day off; 150% effort must be given at all times in the gym. He is not willing to waste any of his training days.
On what he loves about combat sports in general, Dennis stated, that he started in the game to be a mma athlete, a sport which he still loves and practices regularly. Kickboxing however is where his head and heart lies.
While he has no immediate fight plans Demoreo states that he will continue to train hard until he gets another shot in the ring. Does he have any opponents in mind? Dennis states that his toughest opponent has always been himself, so taking on his own tendency to over-analyze and becoming more at ease in the ring is his first challenge. After that? He’s ready for anyone.
While 2017 is just beginning, it will be interesting to see exactly what tricks Demoreo Dennis has up his sleeve. In the meantime you can follow his progress on social media @SuperDemoreo on Twitter or on Facebook on his page of the same name.