Joey "Boom Boom" Rivera is a mixed martial arts teacher and competitor who trains in boxing, kickboxing, and grappling. Even though he has won multiple medals in these areas, he says he has lost more competitions than he has won which is common when you enter this world. He says he gets a lot of satisfaction out of helping his students achieve their goals. He believes sacrifices imperative for people to succeed and says "no one believes your excuses except yourself." Rivera credits mixed martial arts with giving him an important skill to make a livelihood, and he's grateful for the women in his life: his daughter, his wife, and his mother.
Producer: Tony Paniagua
Photographer: Steve Riggs, Nate Huffman
Editor: Nate Huffman