Diary of a Fighter

Diary of a Fighter w/ Mike Hackert #8: I hope “Big” John refs my fight


Just landed in Fort McMurray, BC last night. I know I should be feeling nervous as time grows near, but really I cant stop thinking about flying. I have a terrible fear of flying in an aluminum tube 37,000 feet in the air. The flight was like a roller coaster too. I usually sedate myself, but I don’t know how that will affect me later. I’ve worked in Fort Mac in the past and it is exactly how I remember it. I’m happy I live where I do. I just walked past “Big” John McCarthy. When I was a kid and saw UFC 1 with “Big” John as the ref, I instantly fell in love with the sport. I told myself this was what I wanted. If he refs my fight it will feel like I have achieved something and got closer to my childhood dream. He better!

Though I spent the last couple of weeks fighting a nasty cold, I feel it has been a blessing in disguise. I feel recovered, heeled and full of energy. I had my last sparring session Tuesday and everything was where I wanted it. The timing was great, the speed was excessive, and techniques were sharp. Now I just need to deprive myself of hitting anyone and take it all out on Friday. Earlier this week I did an interview with Top MMA News, that was neat. I was trying hard not to sound like a meat head and that was very difficult. I want to do another one, because I felt cool and hopefully everyone agrees. I also got to look at all the comments about the match ups in the event. there are some interesting people out there. My favorite is when people like to preach about how they don’t preach. There is at least one on every page. I have weigh ins this afternoon, so I’m gonna cuddle up with my girlfriend for the next little while (because she is still sleeping) and relax. I will then go show Fort Mac who Mike “The Honey Badger” Hackert is. A big thanks to Comox Valley boxing club, Comox Valley Fitness, Impact MMA, Knockout Martial Arts, Island MMA, and Adam Zugec.  Also to all of you following my blog. The journey doesn’t stop Friday night.

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Jeremy Brand started up this lovechild called MMASucka.com back in 2009. It began as a hobby project and has turned into much more. In his spare time, you can find Jeremy on the mats, as he is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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