(KUSA) Ann Perez has heard the doubters and the skeptics. She knows some people think she should stay away from MMA. She’s well aware of the fact that some people reading this very sentence might scoff at the idea of a 68-year-old participant in the popular sport.
She’s heard it all. And she couldn’t care less.
“People have told my coaches, ‘What are you doing training her?'” she said.
Those coaches tell the naysayers what she would likely tell them.
“I want to prove to them that I can do it,” she said.
“If I can hang, if I can do this stuff, then I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to do it,” she added.
Eight years ago, the question wasn’t exactly about whether or not she could “hang.” It had a lot more to do with what kind of a future — if any — she might have.