Ray “Ace” Ostrander began studying martial arts when he was 4 years old. His dad has a studio and still teaches Kenpo Karate.
Kenpo Karate originated in Hawaii, as a practical form of self defense. Ed Parker, the originator of American Kenpo Karate taught Rick Ostrander before he opened his studio. Ace studied under his dad for 13 years.
At the age of 27, Ostrander moved to Las Vegas. He worked at the UFC gym but he did not have anyone to train him for his first two fights. However, he refuses to back down from a challenge and took those two losses as lessons learned.
After his third loss, Ostrander took 10 months off to train at Torres MMA Sport gym. He studied Jiu-jitsu and striking before taking another fight. When he takes a day off from training, Ostrander takes his blue-nosed pitbull, Ruca (Spanish for My Lady) for long hikes. He also has a Maltese, named Lilly.
When his trainers said he was ready, Ostrander returned to the cage for Real MMA XIII. He fought Eder Dominguez and won by split decision.
On Jan. 26, 2018, Real MMA fans will see Ostrander go toe-to-toe against Chris Rojas. There is already tension between the two fighters beyond the bout for the title. Rojas promised to beat “the old man” and 30-year-old Ostrander said “Rojas better be ready. Better back up his big mouth. He is not going to know what hit him.” The two will be battling for the Real MMA featherweight title. This is a fight no one should miss.
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