The heart of a lion

Westlake MMA fighter triumphs over tragedy
By Jonathan Andrade

GLADIATOR’S SPIRIT—Ryan Lilley, 29, of Westlake is an MMA fighter with a 10-4 record. He won his Bellator debut on Jan. 26 at The Forum. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

Ryan “The Lion” Lilley stepped barefoot onto the blood-red carpet and walked toward the cage in the center of the arena.

He marched in like a Spartan, inching toward destiny as 7kingZ’s “My World Now” blared from the loudspeakers of The Forum in Inglewood.

“They found winning a part of my anatomy

Part fighter, survivor...

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