It’s truly a blessing when one possesses talents to do what they love while striving to be the best in their practiced profession. Talented traits certainly have a way of making someone stand out as they begin to forge a legacy that will be outlived for generations. So why should anyone just sit around and not use them only to let great opportunities pass them by? One fighter hasn’t been letting his go to waste.

Take individual talent and combine it with a passion for fighting you’ll get Ricky “The Karate Kid” Steele . A standout star out of Idaho, Steele is heavily focused on reaching his full potential and making an impact in mixed martial arts.

You have to learn to stand before you can fly especially in your building as a martial artist. This was a lesson instilled in Steele at a very young age. Karate was a skill Steele was able to learn fairly easily, and one that’s come to teach him many life lessons.

“Karate taught me the importance of hard work and the power of basics through repetition,” Steele told The MMA Corner. “I’ve been doing the same basic punches and kicks for 22 years. I couldn’t even guess how many I’ve thrown and to this day I continue to practice them. Another thing I always mention is a true martial artist will always be open-minded when it comes to training. You never know from who or where you will pick something up.”

This open minded approach allowed Steele’s talents to progressively evolve with submissions grappling tactics and wrestling added to his arsenal. However there is always challenge along the journey as life always has a way of knocking you down.

Any practitioner can attest you are going to go through highs and lows in the game. Steele’s undefeated record as an amateur and pro fighter speaks volumes of the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice that’s been put into his craft to becoming great.

“Staying motivated has never been a problem for me,” Steele said. This is my dream. A big lesson engraved into me since the beginning is that every day counts. No matter what it is, there’s always something you can be doing to get better. When I was out with my broken foot, my upper body and core got stronger than ever and I would still sit in on as many team practices as I could to watch and learn.”

“I sacrificed everything for this sport from money to time away from my daughter to physically damaging my body so to be undefeated so far is something I take a lot of pride in. I’m going on six years in the sport and gained tons of knowledge along the way and still have so much more to learn,” Steele said. “But for me, I feel more than anything I just need more cage time.”

It seems as though Steele won’t have to yearn for more cage time any longer as his talents have been on watch by major fight organizations. His big break should come to no surprise with his recent requirement to the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) franchise. RFA has become the essential breeding ground for the UFC, as Steele is excited about the new venture in taking his career to the next level.

The Karate Kid’s upcoming debut at RFA 24 finds him pitted against another hungry new prospect also making his debut the undefeated (3-0) Jay Pressley. Although an untouched market, Idaho has an elite pool of fight talent all working together in their rise to the top. This is a movement Steele is proudly a part of as his coaches and training partners at Straight Blast Gym Idaho (SBGI) aids him in preparation for Pressley.

“I look at every fight like it’s a championship fight,” Steele admitted. “They all mean the world to me. Each and every camp and training session, I give everything I go. I know nothing about my opponent and to be even more honest, I don’t care. I always expect to fight a killer who is good in every aspect. I’m prepared wherever the fight goes.”

Nothing in life is free. You have to earn your keep to become great in this fight game. Carrying the fighting torch for Karate and Idaho MMA, Steele’s passion and talent has placed him at this pinnacle moment coming up at RFA 24. Who knows what the future holds for this promising fighter.

Nevertheless, where ever the road takes him, it’s a journey Steele fully embraces because after all, you can only improve one day at a time.

“For me, it’s one fight at a time.” Steele said. “Yes I wish and hope to be successful in this sport, but overall my main focus is just to become a better martial artist each and every day.”

About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.