Article

Ulysses and Herculez - Fightland Blog

Brothers UFC fighter Ulysses Gomez and National Team soccer player Hercules talk about each other and how was growing up together.

Ulysses Gomez is not only one of the members of the UFC’s inaugural flyweight class and a huge Justin Bieber fan, he's also the brother of Herculez Gomez, a striker with the USA men’s national soccer team and Club Santos Laguna in Mexico's Liga MX. Growing up in Los Angeles in a Mexican-American, soccer-mad household, Ulysses played soccer as well but gave it up to follow an interest in martial arts, an interest that led him from Tachi Palace Fights -- where he was champion -- to Bellator and now to the heady heights of the UFC. Meanwhile, Herculez is a genuine star in American and Mexican soccer circles, and he represented the USA in the 2012 FIFA World Cup. As Ulysses prepares for his next fight, in London on February 16th against Phil Harris, Fightland talked to the two brothers separately to discuss growing up, how they’ve each been so successful, and whether they could compete in the other’s sport.

*Read the entire interview.

Watch Past Fights

Saturday, October 25
10PM/7PM
ETPT
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Media

Recent
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles runs down all the need-to-know- news for Thursday, October 23, including Ronda Rousey's next fight and the UFC 179 open workouts.
23-Oct-2014
Glover Teixeira takes some time to answer a few rapid fire questions from UFC correspondent Paula Sack before he steps inside the Octagon at UFC 179 to face Phil Davis.
23-Oct-2014
Neil Magny reflects on his experience on The Ultimate Fighter and what compels him to perform at his best every time he enters the Octagon.
22-Oct-2014
Take a look at the fight between Felice Herrig and Heather Clark, in dramatic photo fashion!
22-Oct-2014