Mikey “Porterhouse” Portela, from northern New Jersey, is one of our newest Northeast Team beef members. Joining the team right before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Mikey has had to get a little creative with how he shares his love for beef as an athlete. After nine years of training, he received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in December 2019. He continues to remain dedicated to the sport through competition and training. “Unfortunately, I joined Team Beef right before COVID-19 hit so I haven’t been able to participate in races to have the Team Beef colors flying,” he said. “However, I have been able to wear my team gear at the Jiu Jitsu gym and spark up conversations all the time about it. I wear Northeast Team Beef gear to all the competitions that I go to.” Having representation at Jiu Jitsu gyms is certainly an exciting first for Northeast Team Beef.
His nickname Mikey “Porterhouse” certainly helps support his deep passion for a great beef meal. Mikey describes his appreciation for beef as an athlete, “Deliciousness, ease, and nutrition! It is great knowing that when I come home from a super tough day of training, I will almost always have a New York Strip waiting for me. Beef provides protein, B12, Iron and everything I need to get myself ready for the next day of training.”