UFC fighter Cody Garbrandt revealed that he once contemplated suicide and said that his Christian faith is now the one immovable thing in his life.
What are the details?
During a video interview for White Chair Film's "I Am Second," the former UFC bantamweight champion detailed his upbringing. His adolescence involved a very dark period during high school, which ultimately left him contemplating taking his own life.
In the video, Garbrandt detailed a particular instance when he was considering hanging himself, and his brother, Zach, walked in at just the right moment.
“I was a teenager. I think I was a senior in high school. I wanted to become a state champion again. I won state as a freshman, I got beat as a sophomore, I was injured as a junior," Garbrandt explained. "Wrestling was something I did my whole entire life, and I think losing the passion for that, I didn’t have any drive. I just felt unaccomplished, and I got in with the wrong crowd and started doing some drugs and partying and kind of living super carelessly, and it almost consumed my life. I felt like my road was running to an end."
What did Garbrandt say about the 'dark place'
Garbrandt went on to detail the "very dark place" that left him moments from nearly hanging himself.“[M]y brother came in the door, and he saved my life. It’s the first time I’m talking about it, but I’ve never been more grateful for him," Garbrandt admitted. "He just came in and busted down the door and gave me the biggest hug and sat there with me and cried with me and said everything was going to be all right."
"It was a changing point for me in my life," a visibly emotional Garbrandt said in the video. "That moment, that bond and that thing that we went through really ... brought us even closer. [He and I] attending church services together. It was nice to be there with my big brother, worshipping God and growing toward Him."
Garbrandt said that it was during this time that his relationship with the Lord began to grow through taking part in church services, reading the Bible, and prayer.
He also explained that in retrospect, it's easy to see that it was God who was "carrying, pulling, and pushing" him through life.
Garbrandt also went on to explain how his relationship with Jesus Christ has softened him.
"There's a time and place that you do need to surrender," Garbrandt admitted. "And I'm always thankful that I'm able to surrender to Him."
You can watch Garbrandt's empowering speech in the video below.
(H/T: The Christian Post)