Birth Date: Aug. 4 1983
City of birth: Hagatna, Guam
Fighting out of: San Diego
Weight Class: 155lb(Lightweight)
Walking weight: 175lb-180lb
Ethnic background: Chamoru/Portuguese
Style: Wreckless Arm Wrestling
Gym or camp affiliation: The Arena MMA Team
Coaches: Head Coach:Rob Garcia
MMA Striking: Tony Palafox
Jiu Jitsu:Saulo & Xande Rebeiro
Wrestling:Steve Abas(2004 Olympic Silver Medalist)
Who is Joe "The Hybrid" Duarte?
1. What activities do you like to do in your down time? (sports, cooking, etc)
I like to travel, go to the beach, BBQ, and spending time with my better half Britt.
2. What type of music do you like? What are some of the bands/songs?
REGGAE but my all time favorite bands are CCR(Creedence Clearwater Revival), AC/DC, and
3. What other MMA fighters or athletes do you look up to?
ANDERSON SILVA AND LANCE ARMSTRONG! But GSP is a close second....their work ethics and
HEART are second to none.
4. How did you get your start in MMA?
I started MMA because I was going through a real rough time in my life. I moved to California and I met Pat Speight, Casey Ryan, Brandon Magana, Josh Williams, Dave
Hisquierdo, and Charlie Kohler through my friend Milan from the San Diego Fight Club. It was there with my Wrestling, Muay Thai, and Boxing background I learned to become a complete fighter. They taught me how to put it all together and Rob Garcia(Oscar De La Hoya's Coach) plus the rest of my team have been polishing it up everyday since then. I owe everything to those guys.
5. Where did you grow up? Describe the setting?
Hmmm...where do I start. I grew up in DEDEDO, Guam(13N/144E). A place where the clock moves slow, the ocean is warm, and everyone's late. I had a rough upbringing with family problems and all, but it has made me who I am. I lived everyday as child as if I were an adult....never having a curfew and sometimes it would be days before I saw my parents. When my parents got divorced I moved in with my friends. It was then that I learned to live on my own and learn how life's gonna be. My Auntie Queenie and my Grandma always looked out for my best interest and helped me my entire life. My mom didnt have much but she always gave me her last dollar. I sold almost everything I owned and paid off debt, then I moved to the states in 02' on a one way plane ride, $500 in my pocket, and a good luck pat on the back. I told myself I was going to make it or be on the streets. Well I made it and I'm living proof that if a BOY(beause I was a boy when I made the decision to leave home) can make it being over 3000 miles away from home and become a professional athlete....YOU CAN TOO! Alot of inspiration comes from people that have touched my life in one way or another. I have just been blessed to have met some of the best people on earth.
6. Who were some of the people who influenced you in your life? (family, athletes, friends, Hero’s)
My grandma (Dorthea Duarte)....she is the backbone of my family and is the reason I chose to become who I am. My Auntie Queenie for always setting me straight and having my back even when I was wrong. Shes like a mom and a sister to me. I could talk to her about anything and then she would give me advice that a mother would. Chris West is my childhood best friend that taught me to be tough and never back away from something you want. Dean Richardson...is very special because he is the reason I'm still here today. While out on a mission in Iraq., our squad of 8 was ambushed by 33 heavily armed Iraqis. We fought for our lives on March 3, 2005. It was Both Dean and I's second tour in Iraq. Dean was the only one in front of me on the patrol when the shooting began and he made sure everyone got to safety, giving his own life only a few minutes later to save ours. He was my best friend, BROTHER, and my HERO. My mom for always supporting my choices to play sports and being at almost all my games even when it rained all day. My Brother Justin (Faus) McDermott....this is one person I can never leave out. He believed in me when no one else would and gave me someone to look up to. I can honestly say he's my role model. Once we left the nest and had our own lives, I always had to live next to him...even up until now. Last but not least is my Wife Brittany...she picks me up when Im down and is the reason I wake every morning and strive to be the best fighter/person I can be. Im forever greatful for the joy and the happiness that she has brought to my life!
7. What other things influence you in life?
(music, art, politics, etc) This one is simple.....GOD, Family, Friends, and El Gayo (Geraldo) my 12 yr old prodigy. Boy's gonna be SICK!
8. What is your goal in your career and in life?
Im an island boy...I don't ask for much. To be able to have plenty of bread to break with family and friends that have been there for me through out my life!
9. Describe your training regimen? Who do you train with?
Wow...I train with a lot of the top fighters in the world. Every fight is different and I prepare for each opponent to the best of my ability. My head coach Rob Garcia is my go to guy for answers. I depend on him for advice not only with fighting but in life.
10. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
To know the answer to that question you will have to go to www.thearenamma.com to figure that one out.