How a near tragedy sparked the rise of Hawaii’s second generation of MMA stars
Charles Kipili Jr. was lying in a hospital bed three years ago, not knowing whether he’d live or die.
The one thing he did know is that if he managed to survive this savage stabbing, the one that severed the brachial artery near his bicep, he had to get his act together. If not just for himself and his family, but also the fighters he had taken under his wing.
“I just started thinking about when I got shot [in 2007], all the fights I’ve been in and I felt like, ‘Oh man, I’m not gonna get a lot of chances if I keep living this lifestyle,'” Kipili Jr. said……