World Champion fighter 'hits' East Texas

By: Coleman Swierc - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Muhammed Ali once said, "I'm a bad bad man."

Ali never met Phil Cardella.

Cardella, a multi-time winner of several mixed martial arts (MMA) championships, and a black belt in Relson Gracies Jiu-Jitsu, was in Tyler to in instruct in the art of MMA.

"I love coming back, I have family here, and it is like a second home to me."

Cardella talked about the sport of MMA, which is the fastest growing sport in America.

"Alot of people think that it is all about violence in this sport. It is so much more than that, it is about discipline and technique, it is about speed and quickness."

And dont worry about size, size does not matter.

"You dont have to be the biggest or fastest, you just have to have the heart, doing this takes alot of work, you have to have heart."

Cardella has recently been contacted by ESPN to possibly appear in some televised fights coming up this year.