Omar Reneau, a Porterville native, a veteran and a local MMA fighter, is emerging in the world of MMA as a force to be reckoned with.

Reneau grew up in Porterville, graduating from Monache High School, before enlisting in the Marine Corps. 

“I was inspired by the sport of MMA since my time in the Marine Corps,” said Reneau. “There was always an inner thrill from seeing hand-to-hand combat. Wanting to be apart of the sport has always been a dream of mine.”

Now, Reneau has fulfilled that dream. He is currently a full-time MMA fighter, on top of being a full-time college student.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Reneau. “But the support that I receive from my teammates, family, fans and loved ones, I am to use their love and support as a means of motivation.”

He has been training for years to be the best, and has beaten some of the best in the cage, proving he is worthy of the title he currently holds as the Valley Fight Series Light Heavyweight Champion.

“In my Light Heavyweight Class there is a lot of training that comes with the sport,” said Reneau. “From multiple martial arts and consistent focus on the goal, to watching your diet in-between fights, is all very important. I have switched my diet to a Keto / Intermittent Fasting. It has helped and aided in a great weight loss of unwanted weight.”

Not only is his diet vital to his MMA career, but training also takes up a large amount of time. He has been sponsored by various business around the valley who have seen his potential and growth as a fighter. For his upcoming fight on Saturday, September 28, where he will be defending his title, Reneau has several sponsors.

“My sponsors for this fight include One Kicks Gym in Visalia and Fresno, Extreme Grappling in Porterville, Acute Plumbing in Porterville and Visalia, Empowerment Cycling in Visalia, Chinchek Clothing out of Fresno, Visalia MMA Gear, A & S Corona Trucking from Porterville and Jr’s Barbershop in Porterville,” said Reneau.

But Reneau wouldn’t be able to do any of this without a strong team and support system behind him.

“Im always thankful for my team my manager Ralph Riddle,” said Reneau. “And my little bother Josiah Robles and Coach Kru from One Kicks Gym in Visalia and Fresno.”

Reneau begins every day bright and early at 5:30 a.m. He makes it a point to get in some type of cardio workout in the mornings, whether it be cycling, swimming or running, and then skips breakfast to prepare himself for his college classes at College of the Sequoias (COS) where he studies business. After his classes are over for the day, he has about an hour of down time before it is time to train. He tries to be in bed by 9:30 p.m. every night, but must tackle homework and cooking for his family before he can tuck himself in.

“I just try to get sufficient sleep since I have to wake up and be an adult again tomorrow,” said Reneau.

When he finds free time between school and training for his fights, Reneau enjoys watching comedy specials and action movies, as well as catching up o his favorite TV shows. He attends church every Sunday, and loves to swim in his pool of work in his garden. When his schedule allows for it, Reneau loves to take his family and his dogs to the lake.

Reneau loves the sport of MMA, but admits that it is not for everybody. His advice is simple for aspiring MMA fighters.

“My personal advice for any person that is aspiring to become an MMA fighter is this; Train and focus,” said Reneau. “Understand that it will not come over night. There will be up’s and down’s, but you dictate the outcome of your own career. There can never be blame on anyone but yourself, since you are the one in the cage. If you’re not okay with getting hit in the face, don’t join this club.”