Westin Wilson, Mormon husband, father and BYU alum, is set to fight in a nationally televised event on Friday.
Wilson, a 28-year-old fighter with a record of 5-2, will walk into the ring to face Charles Cheeks as part of Legacy Fight Alliance on Friday. The event will be broadcast on Axis TV.
Wilson received the invitation to fight in the LFA event following his Oct. 6 victory over L.J. Hermreck in Bellator 184. He felt some anxiety leading up to the event, but found inspiration in reading the autobiography of former BYU and NFL quarterback Steve Young, who also dealt with anxiety, according to The Daily Universe.
According to a BYU Sports Nation interview on Oct. 10, Wilson said he was introduced to MMA fighting at age 17 while his family was living in Brazil. After serving a LDS mission, he fought professionally while attending BYU and graduated in 2015.
"I want to be the first active LDS member to get a win inside the octagon," Wilson said in the interview. "I want to be the Steve Young of MMA ... but with less concussions."
Wilson's Facebook page says he studied public relations and that being a husband and father is his "greatest joy." Wilson also writes that he's "on a quest for excellence."