Ex-Marine from S. Bronx set for Bellator MMA at MSG

Posted: Updated:
THE BRONX -

South Bronx resident Bradley Desir says fighting is nothing new -- he's being doing it for a living since 2005.

It's the type of fighting that's changed. The 30-year-old former Marine served in Iraq from 2007 to 2009.

"It was my job to blow in the doors," he says. "During fights, I would hit hard targets with rockets, like houses and cars, bunkers."

After returning from war and attending Fordham University, he says his interest in mixed martial arts blew up quickly.

"Everything in my life revolves around it," he says. "Everything else comes second after MMA."

He's got 14 professional fights under his belt.

"In combat, your fear is for your life, so, there's no fear of embarrassment," Desir says. "Fighting professionally, it's fear of embarrassment. That's what the fear is. I'm not scared to get hurt."

But despite the difference, he says a part of him returns to the desert every time he steps inside the cage.

"We call it violence of action," Desir explains. "Whatever you're gonna do, do it violently. I'm not all fire and brimstone like I was, but I don't really need to be. You could put anybody in front of me, and I'm gonna punch and kick until they fall or don't move."

His next fight, for Bellator Promotions and Spike TV's Veterans Operation Wellness program, is set for June 24 at Madison Square Garden.

"It's a life-changing opportunity," Desir says. "It's Madison Square Garden in New York City. It doesn't get any bigger than this."

  • SlideshowsMore>>

  • Your 2018 Bronx Halloween Costumes

    Your 2018 Bronx Halloween Costumes

    Monday, October 22 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-10-22 14:51:08 GMT

    Will you be spooky or scary? Or maybe playful or funny! Whatever your Halloween costumes are this year, News 12 wants to see them! Don't forget to share your kids' and pets' costumes too!

    Will you be spooky or scary? Or maybe playful or funny! Whatever your Halloween costumes are this year, News 12 wants to see them! Don't forget to share your kids' and pets' costumes too!

  • Just Married in The Bronx

    Just Married in The Bronx

    Share your wedding with News 12.Share your wedding with News 12.

    News 12 The Bronx wants to announce your wedding. If you were married in the past 90 days, please submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram using #JustMarriedBX.  

    News 12 The Bronx wants to announce your wedding. If you were married in the past 90 days, please submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram using #JustMarriedBX.  

  • Bronx Birthday Smiles

    Bronx Birthday Smiles

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!
    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."