Alvin ‘Kid’ Robinson Climbing Back up The Mountain Josh Davis May 23, 2011 UFC Alvin “Kid” Robinson grew up in Los Angeles, California. Alvin knew at a very young age that he wanted to be a fighter. As a child, Alvin was a fan of professional wrestling and thought that he would turn his love for wrestling into his profession. Alvin did not have an easy childhood. He was raised by a single mother and had to fight off the lure of gang life and drug use on a daily basis. Alvin credits his mother for helping give him the strength to make the right choices as a child. Alvin stated that many of his friends growing up fell into that lifestyle and are now either dead or in prison. Alvin said his passion for wrestling also helped him stay focused. He wrestled through high school and went on to join the wrestling team at Colorado State – Pueblo where he red shirted his freshman year. Alvin attended CSU Pueblo for one year before he found what he believes to be his true calling. During the summer after his freshman year Alvin began to train in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Once he started to train in Jiu Jitsu he was hooked. He knew that this new sport of mixed martial arts is where he belonged. Alvin left college and began to train Gracie Jiu Jitsu full time. Alvin earned his black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu and immediately began to train to become a professional fighter. In February of 2005, Alvin made his professional debut at Ring of Fire 15 in Denver, Colorado. Alvin defeated Eric Payne via rear naked choke in the first round. Alvin would go one and win his next four bouts, going 5-0 before he would suffer his first defeat. In May 2006, Alvin was defeated at TKO 25 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada by Fabio Holanda via TKO in the second round. Alvin came back to Colorado to continue his training with Grudge Training Center and reeled off three straight wins. With his record now at 8-1, Alvin received a call from the UFC. Alvin’s hard work and lifelong dream was coming true: he was getting his opportunity to fight for the biggest Mixed Martial Arts organization in the world. The UFC, however, was not looking to give Alvin an easy road to the top, nor did Alvin want to take the easy road. Alvin debuted in the UFC on July7, 2007, at UFC 73 Stacked against one of the top ranked light weight fighters in the world, Kenny Florian. Though Alvin did not win the fight, he did prove that he has the skills to compete against the very best. At UFC 77, Alvin defeated Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision after a three round war. Alvin showcased a variety of skills in that fight and things seemed to be looking up for the “Kid.” Alvin’s high would be short lived. Alvin lost his next two UFC fights to Nate Diaz, at Ultimate Fight Night 12 and then to Mark Bocek at UFC 91. The back to back losses forced the UFC to cut ties with Alvin. Even though Alvin was hurt by these events he did not let this adversity get him down. Alvin started to work with his pastor and sports psychologist to keep his mind strong and mentally overcome these obstacles. Since being released, Alvin has dropped down to the feather weight division, posting a 2-1 record. Alvin most recently fought at Worlds Collide in Denver, Colorado, winning the Fight To Win promotions featherweight championship. Though this was not the world championship that he believes he will own someday, it did earn him a contract with Bellator Fighting Championships. Alvin will debut for the organization September 9, 2010 against Georgi Karakhanyan. Alvin stated that he looks to use this opportunity to prove that he can be a world champion. Even though Alvin will not rest until he becomes a world champion, he is not just a fighter. Alvin is a role model and community leader. He is working to give back to the community and hopes to open up group homes to help keep inner city youth from falling victim to gangs, drugs and alcohol. Alvin hopes that after he is done fighting, he will be able to focus all of his energy to community outreach programs. As for now, he must continue to focus on his rise back to the top and that march will start in September. Alvin is training at Grudge Training Center and says his team has him prepared to climb the mountain to the top where he belongs.