Just three days and two nights after a horrific tragedy in Las Vegas resulted in 58 casualties and several hundred injuries, a 22-year-old Las Vegas native who currently resides in Sacramento was brave enough to talk candidly about the event and his deep personal connection to the city.
John Buttner is in the Capital of California as a result of his desire to be a world-class mixed martial artist. He recently got on with Team Alpha Male, a continually expanding circuit of everything from hopefuls to title-holders under the ultimate fighting tutelage of Urijah Faber. Buttner was on the pulse of the dark events as they unfolded in real time, having several friends both at the concert and in nearby hotels and casinos.
Representing Las Vegas in a Positive Way
He spoke with emotion while demonstrating the mettle of a true professional. “It’s heartbreaking, and very surreal. It was mind-boggling. It is still really hard to talk about. I was just trying to do the best I could to inform my friends that were in danger on The Strip, and tell them what was happening. The thought of someone doing something so evil doesn’t sit well with me.”
Buttner grew up in the city known for its abundance of entertainment, glitz and indulgence. He attended a popular high school to the south of the famed strip, and he spoke in his initial interview of his anxiousness to be done with the four-year regime as quickly as possible in order to move on to training. He competed in and won his debut match inside of an outdoor Octagon at the Golden Gate Casino in 2014. His amateur record currently stands at a robust 5-1.
He also spoke of the iron-strong will of the city, and how Vegas is and will continue to be the global epicenter of live entertainment. “Places where you can donate blood have lines hours long. Law enforcement did a phenomenal job. I couldn’t be any more proud of my city and the way they are going about things.”
With a high-stakes fight and a multitude of reasons to be motivated, Buttner is about eight weeks out from a December 9 King of The Cage showdown. “There’s nothing I want to do more than represent my city in a positive way. I’m very excited. It’s a fight with a lot of magnitude right now. I’ll be fighting for a pro contract. I couldn’t be more motivated.”