Diary of a Fighter w/ Daniel Swain #7: It was a learning experience

It’s been a week since my fight now and I finally got my stitches out. I suffered a cut over my right eyebrow in the third round after being caught by a perfectly placed elbow. It was one of many strikes my opponent landed in our 15-minute fight.

I showed up in probably the best shape of my life, but with no intensity whatsoever. I was missing a spring in my step that I always have when I enter the cage. I have never felt so unenthused about being in a fight, as I was in my unanimous decision loss.

I had a set game plan going into the fight but refused to follow it once in the cage. I knew my stand up was better than his and showcased it for the little amount of time we were on our feet. What I didn’t do to prepare for this fight is something I have never not worked on in a camp and that was my wrestling. It’s also never been my game plan to stay on my feet and strike, but what really should have been my game plan was to sprawl and brawl. There are so many things that I think I should have done differently in my camp and in the fight itself, but there really isn’t a reason to sit and stress about those things. They will only eat you up inside.

I know it’s kind of cliché to say, but I honestly learned so much from this fight. I believe this fight is going to do nothing but make me a more complete fighter in my training and in the cage. No more will I just train strictly in one aspect or the other. Even though I feel like my stand up is 100 times better than it was before this camp, I know it’s not smart to forget the other things while I train.

This is my last blog at least for a while and I want to say thanks to everyone who has been reading and keeping up with my life as I prepared for my fight. Also to my sponsors RYU- Respect Your Universe, Drako Impact Sports, Klench Kustom mouth guards, Kombat Nation, Dominant Ground, CANUSA Fight Team and my management Echelon Fighter Management. To all my training partners, as well as Score 10 MMA and West Coast BJJ and MMA. To all my family and friends who have done nothing but support me through all of this and my wonderful girlfriend, Amber Lewis, for everything she does for me. And a huge thanks to MMASucka.com for letting you guys get a peek into my ginger brain.

If you’re on twitter give me a follow at @swain145 and look up my Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/DanielSwainMMA.

Thanks for reading,

Daniel Swain

 

Read Daniel’s other blogs :

#1 – Who is Swain?

#2 – Iron Sharpens Iron

#3 – Three weeks out

#4 – Bad news bears for Lee Morrison

#5 – 168 hours to go

#6 – Weigh-in day!!

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