After beating Josh Robertson with a rear-naked choke in July 2010, MMA heavyweight Justin Wren took five years off before returning for Bellator 141 in August 2015. He beat Josh Burns in a unanimous decision that night and did the same against Juan Torres at Bellator 149 in February 2016.
Wren, known as “The Big Pygmy,” was bullied as a child and struggled with depression. Eventually, though, he overcame it and decided to dedicate his life to others. He performed humanitarian work in the Congo, buying land and building fresh water wells for the Pygmy people.
He will fight Roman Pizzolato at Bellator 174 on March 3 on Spike TV.
“I think I’ve always kind of had it in me, a fighter’s spirit, a fighter’s heart,” the 29-year-old Wren said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I was just always selfish and fought for myself and then I started fighting addictions because of that bullying and the depression, and then from depression I got addicted. I battled drug addiction for six full years, clinical depression for 10 years. And so, it all comes down to my faith. After that, I was used to living for myself for 23 years and I thought it’s about time to live for others because this life isn’t about me. How do we reach out and love people? That’s kind of what I want to do with my life is love people, fight for people, fight for the forgotten.”