It’s funny, I’ve known about this fight for a while now, but last week in Victoria it became real. I was sitting out on a sun deck with my brother and a few friends, when somebody asked how preparation for the fight was coming. I answered with the usual, “it’s going good.” But all of the sudden my mouth was watering and I could hear Don Andrews announcing my name. My legs began to shake and then they were firing as if i was in the cage fighting. The whole fight played through my head from start to finish; i could hear the crowd and feel the cage floor on my feet.
It’s only 23 days till the fight now; training is going great, and I am finally starting to feel like a fighter. Training with Kalib [Starnes] is really taking me to the next level. Sure there have been days where i feel like I’m getting worse and that I am never going to figure it out, but those are the days you need in order to test yourself and see if you have what it takes. I believe in my abilities, I believe that I can get in the cage with someone who is better prepared than me and still win. In fact I proven that 6 times in my amateur career. But, getting into a cage unprepared is a very stressful situation. This fight I know that I have put in the work I need to. Every day I am training hard, eating right, and resting enough.
Even with the new healthy lifestyle, I woke up today with a cold, and for some reason that made me even more confident. It seems that when I get sick 3 weeks before a fight it gets me in the zone. It will make me pay even more attention to what i put in my body and make sure that i get enough rest.
That’s it for now. I will have a new blog on fight week, it will be my final installment of my “Road to the Pros” and it will hopefully include a blurb about Marcus “Lelo” Aurelio’s win in his Bellator debut on November 2nd, how my weight cut is going, and my final thoughts going into my first professional fight of my career.
I can’t forget to thank my sponsors, who now as a pro fighter with only a part time job are even more important to my career: Tapout Canada, Punishment Athletics,