There are very different reasons that would see people pick up their lives and move to a new town or even across states. Some will do it to avoid trouble. Others will make a move to chase career opportunities. It’s not an easy decision to make, but when the final boarding call is made at the airport, that’s when a person knows the right thing to do in their life.

For Rob Font, it’s a combination of things that saw him leave Florida. One was to chase his dreams of being a top-ranked professional mixed martial artist. The other was to be with the love of his life.

Font (Ian Travis Barnard)

Font (Ian Travis Barnard)

“My girl works a full-time job to support us so that I can chase my dream,” Font revealed in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “Before I started training full-time, I had the intention of going back to school, and she was really supportive of that too.

“One day, I delivered some pizza to some guys who were involved in jiu-jitsu. I didn’t really understand it too much, so they broke it down for me and about a week later I went and checked out the school they went to. That’s when I fell in love with it.”

Picking up his life and moving from Florida to Massachusetts took a lot of mulling over. When his girlfriend had the opportunity to move states, she wanted Font to make the trip too. With not all that much tying him to his home state of Florida, the chance was too good to pass up.

“It was a little hard at first,” Font admitted. “I wasn’t really doing too much back home anyway. I was just delivering pizzas and trying to save some money to go back to school. There wasn’t anything in particular I wanted to do there, it was just more of a case of getting there and then figuring it out as I went along. I knew it wasn’t my passion, though.

“As a kid, I always wanted to grow up and do something in sport. I wasn’t that big as a kid, so I couldn’t really play football or anything. And I never really saw myself getting a desk job. I always kinda thought I’d be a firefighter or something like that—something that was a bit more active.”

Finding a new home in Massachusetts wasn’t a hard task for Font. When he came across Team Sityodtong, he knew that he had found the place that could explore and expand his love for mixed martial arts. It wasn’t all easy going for the Florida native, though. It was taking on a lot of hard work that would eventually see him begin his thus far successful MMA career.

“It took me a while, about a year and half, to work my way up,” he explained. “That was just to get into being a sparring partner in the pro team. At the gym, you’ve gotta learn the basics before you get your shot, and we certainly don’t give people the chance until they are ready.

Font (L) (Kelly MacDonald/CES)

Font (L) (Kelly MacDonald/CES)

“Being the new guy in town made it a bit harder to get fights, too. Trying to sell tickets when nobody knows who you are is tough. It’s worked out, though. Through Facebook and Twitter and stuff, people can get to know you a little bit more, and I didn’t really think that I’d be as busy [fighting] as I have been.”

Since his debut in 2011, Font has gone 8-1 and is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak. He hasn’t tasted defeat since his second professional bout, which took place in 2012. On Jan. 24, Font enters the cage for the first time in 2014 as he faces off with Ashan Abdullah at CES MMA 21 in Lincoln, R.I. Font already boasts the promotion’s featherweight title and is eager to extend his already impressive run of wins.

“I’ve got a solid opponent in front of me,” Font said. “This one isn’t a title fight, so I am looking forward to my next CES fight after this one when I will get to defend my title. It’s one fight at a time for me, though, and I look forward to getting in there again.”

In Font’s case, his story so far has been almost perfect.  With his career beginning to flourish and with the support of all those that are dear to him, there is no doubt that he made the right decision to follow his heart. And for him, it just so happens that following his heart to the state of Massachusetts will also see all of his professional dreams come true, too.

Rob would like to thank his family, and his sponsors: Skill of Strength and Revgear. He would also like to of course thank his girlfriend, Katherine Frias, for all of her support. Follow Font on Twitter: @RobSFont

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.