Our People: Fighting butterflies

Roy “Hot Sauce” Saucedo was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. He is the father of three children, and he is engaged to Hillary, Rando who also has a son. Saucedo, 27, is best known for his Mixed Martial Arts fighting in which he holds an 8-0 record. He fights in the 145 pound featherweight class. He works for Gicon Pumps & Equipment where he rebuilds and repairs pumps. Saucedo’s mother died when he was four and his father was never a part of his life so he was raised in foster homes.

 

What do you to relax from work and fight training?

I like to be with my kids. Sometimes we go to the park and play on the playground, or play basketball. Sometimes I go to the Roy Walker and play basketball with the guys there. I love basketball.

Courtesy photo: Roy Saucedo Roy Saucedo after winning the featherweight 145-pound Ignite Fight Championship in April.

Courtesy photo: Roy Saucedo
Roy Saucedo after winning the featherweight 145-pound Ignite Fight Championship in April.

How did you meet your Fiancé?

Hillary was a waitress at Kelley’s. She was into MMA and I invited her to a fight and she was really excited. She didn’t show up because she had to work. After the fight I drove straight to Kelley’s to hang out with her. I had a black eye, but we had a fun night.

What’s the best thing about being a father?

Just watching how fast my kids learn, and how quick they grow, being there with them, and teaching them, and of course they all know how to punch and kick.

What’s it like to be hit in the face during a fight?

When I get hit in the face it’s like a wake-up call. I’m nervous, scared, and I have butterflies in my stomach when I am fighting. When I get hit I think, ‘this is real.’

In my first fight, my opponent hit me in the chin. My legs buckled and went limp. I was seeing yellow and purple dots. I had to back up so he couldn’t finish me.

How did you get the nickname “Hot Sauce”?

I got the nickname “Hot Sauce” when I was seven years old. I played baseball and my coach named me.

What is your favorite hot sauce?

Louisiana Hot Sauce. I love them all, but that’s my number one hot sauce.

What was it like being raised in foster homes?

It was a rollercoaster. I was raised in foster homes from the age of four to 17. Not knowing who my parents were, made me confused and rebellious. I was in and out of a children’s home a lot too. When I finally grew up I realized how much the children’s home had helped me.

If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go? 

Courtesy photo: Roy Saucedo Roy “Hot Sauce” Sauced and his fiancé, Hillary Rando, celebrate after Saucedo’s IFC title fight in April.

Courtesy photo: Roy Saucedo
Roy “Hot Sauce” Sauced and his fiancé, Hillary Rando, celebrate after Saucedo’s IFC title fight in April.

I would go out to Las Vegas and see one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship fights. Or I would go to Hawaii, and have fun on the beach.

Is their anything else you would like to say?

My kids’ mother passed away in October 2011, so I had to step up and raise my kids by myself. Hillary does so much for my kids. It’s a blessing, and she’s amazing. I couldn’t ask for more.

 

— Compiled by CMI staff writer Kevin Baird

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