TEEN Mom Jenelle Evan’s ex Nathan Griffith said he is ready to get back into the ring as an MMA fighter, after revealing his debilitating struggle with PTSD.
Nathan, who spoke exclusively with The Sun, said that while he isn’t currently working, he is eager to return to the ring as an MMA fighter.
Nathan Griffith said he is ready to start MMA fighting againCredit: Instagram
Nathan (on right) competed in MMA fighting, pictured here in 2013Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
The 33-year-old father-of-two previously opened up about how his time in the Marine Corps left him considered fully disabled after his PTSD diagnosis.
Now, Nathan says “I’m ready to get back to work. I’m about ready to go back into MMA fighting.”
The Teen Mom 2 alum said he is looking forward to getting back to fighting, but did stop short of revealing which circuit he is looking into just yet.
Jenelle’s ex recently explained that his PTSD diagnosis left him fully disabled.
The former reality star and father to Kaiser, seven, whom he shares with Jenelle, as well as his daughter Emery from a previous relationship, revealed the traumatic day-to-day situations he and his fellow Marines were faced with during their deployment.
“Who wants to be on the streets of Afghanistan picking up bodies? We were dealing with people who were blown up, and then you have to take these bodies in bags to their family members and say ‘Hey, I’m sorry, your husband, father, brother was a suicide bomber.’”
The former Teen Mom 2 star also called on his former employer to get invested in what troops are going through.
“If MTV really wanted to help people, they should focus the stories of the men and women overseas and what they go through once they come home.”
Nathan, who has dabbled in modeling and body building also said that his time on the show left him vulnerable to run-ins with the law, which exacerbated his condition.
“I was dating Jenelle and I was in the spotlight. I would get pulled over all the time, and I have Traumatic Brain Injury on top of PTSD.”
Nathan said that the police confrontations were triggering.
“I would feel threatened, and any military man out there would feel this way, when someone has a gun, your life feels threatened. Especially when the cop puts his hand on the gun- it’s fight or flight.”
He also believes that the police in North Carolina were more aggressive than they needed to be and lacked a common respect for the people they serve.
Nathan is now living in Florida but returns to North Carolina for visits with his children.
He recently told The Sun that his formerly contentious relationship with his reality star ex is in a better place as they navigate co-parenting.
Nathan has been enjoying the visitation schedule that he and Jenelle finally agreed to in an out of court settlement in October of 2020.
Nathan also said the 29-year-old former MTV star has recently been stepping up in her role as a mother.
He said: “Jenelle is actually being a mother and she has been actively involving me in my son’s life.”
Nathan said Jenelle has been “extremely kind” to him, and even sent him Kaiser’s first grade photos and made sure he knew where he could order more pictures from.
Not only are things looking up for the previously volatile exes, but Jenelle’s husband David Eason is also now on good terms with Nathan as well.
“The other day, Kaiser told me out of the blue told me, ‘Daddy, do you know David likes you?’ I was shocked. David actually said that I was a good man.”
“Every time I go to their house, David has done nothing but respect me. Maybe there is bad blood in our history- but I’m not going to let what happened in the past ruin what we have right now. I can’t complain.
“They both have been very very respectful towards me. It’s awesome, I love it,” Nathan added.
As part of their agreement, Nathan gets Kaiser for several weeks at the beginning of the summer, and every other weekend, along with a holiday schedule.
Nathan said Jenelle recently made sure Nathan is part of Kaiser’s lifeCredit: Jenelle Eason/YouTube
Jenelle and Nathan had a ling custody battle that came to a resolution in October of 2020Credit: Instagram
Nathan recently said he is enjoying more time parenting time with KaiserCredit: Instagram
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