Now 3-1 inside the Octagon, he will see how he fares up against a
true veteran in Ovince St.
Preux. The two will collide at
UFC Fight Night 132 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 23.
The step up in competition is a crucial test in Pedro’s young UFC
career. Before he sees action against “OSP,” here are five things
you might not know about the 26 year-old Australian.
1. There’s a story behind his trademark walkout hat.
2. His traditional tattoos aren’t too popular with some
Pedro laments that some people frown upon his tattoos. The
traditional “tatau,” according to Pedro, is one of the highest
honors in Samoan culture. The tattoos are traditionally done only
on people who speak Samoan. Pedro, who is of Samoan and Spanish
ancestry but was born and raised in Australia, does not; even his
father doesn’t speak Samoan anymore. Pedro is now making an effort
to learn the language of his ancestors, as he feels he is
representing his heritage in the UFC.
3. He got the tatau together with his father.
It is customary to receive the tatau with a partner, as Samoan
tradition holds that the two partners split the pain between them
when getting inked. When he was 18, Pedro got the tatau with his
dad, John. It was an experience he treasures and considers an
honor. While others typically get the elaborate patterns done in
two weeks, his took a lot longer because he had to train.
4. His father owned King of the Cage in Australia.
His father, a black belt in multiple disciplines, owned King of the
Cage Australia, a pioneering fight organization in The land Down
Under. Pedro has been surrounded by martial arts all his life. In
fact, he grew up working the cage door for his dad and was amazed
at all the fighters he saw. While he also played other sports like
rugby, soccer, tennis and volleyball, MMA was always the one he is
most passionate about.
5. His father knocked out his two front teeth during
When a teenaged Pedro told his dad that he wanted to quit school
and do combat sports for a living, his father picked up a pair of
gloves and invited him inside the ring for a father-and-son
sparring session. Clearly, it wasn’t the career path John wanted
for his son, but there they were inside the ring anyway. Needless
to say, father gave son some tough love, but it apparently did not
deter the younger Pedro for pursuing a fight career.