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“Honestly, they don’t really care,” he laughs. “I tell other people all the time – I’ll be out and everybody’s like, ‘Oh, UFC,’ all this and that, and my kids are just like, ‘I want something to drink; can you get me some juice or something?’ They bring me back to reality real quick.”

So no clamoring for him to be added to the EA UFC 4 video game?

“No, they don’t care,” he said. “My son plays video games, and he don’t care if I’m in it or not.”

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You know what, that’s probably a good thing, because it allows Hill to separate his work life from home life, while he’s teaching his children that you don’t treat someone differently because they’re a celebrity. That’s a mindset Hill carries with him as he grows into his own stardom, and it’s something that may just be in the blood of the Grand Rapids product.

“It comes from how I was raised and it’s who I am,” he said. “A lot of my people that are still with me have been people that’s been with me since day one. I feel, especially with the connection I have with my coaches, that they’re family. And I like to feel like I’m around family.”


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