UFC: Nottingham

Saturday Sept. 29 2012. That is going to be one of those dates that I will never be able to forget. That is the night I get my first main event in the UFC. I will be fighting Stefan Struve in Nottingham, England.

I have never been to the U.K. before. And anyone that knows me, knows that I’m not looking forward to being on a plane for that long. What I am looking forward to is meeting English UFC fans. I have talked to a few on Twitter, but to actually get to meet and interact with such an amazing fan base is going to be insane.

All I hear about is how big the UFC is in England. I really can’t wait to see it first hand. I have done some research on the Google Machine and Nottingham looks amazing! If my last fight was any indicator, I’m going to be busy as hell with interviews coming up to the fight, but hopefully I will be able to stay for a few days after and get to check out the city.

So from now until I fly over there, I’m going to be in the gym every day. Getting better. Putting together a game plan with my coaches at Strong Style. And getting myself ready to put on a show that will make the English fans proud. See ya in September!

Legend of the Huntsman

If anyone follows me on Twitter, than you know I’m addicted to it. A big reason for my addiction is because I’ve met some awesome people. It has been a real positive experience for me so far and I hope it just keeps getting better.

When I was still trying to figure out how Twitter worked I noticed a couple of people talking about me but didn’t really think anything about it. But then one of them sent me a message. That message has snow balled into a very abusive Twitter relationship with this girl…

Everyone say hello to Sam Dei Lune. I will admit that I don’t do a lot of reading, and had not heard Sam’s name before we started chatting on Twitter. But it turns out Sam here is a pretty famous author and a real big MMA fan. She is also abusive, mean, and a few other things. But since she is a ninja and will kick my ass I won’t say anything else bad about her.

Since we started chatting she has talked me into helping her write a book. Now, she doesn’t actually think I can read, but she still asked me to help. So in the not too distant future we will release The Legend of the Huntsman! It will be a book with a lot of killing and a lot of blood! I figure if she can lick her own elbow, she can write a hell of a book! I will keep you all updated on when it’s going to come out. In the mean time you should check out her website and buy her books. She would like that! http://www.deilune.com/

UFC 146

So if you are on this blog then you know that the past week of my life has been pretty insane. My first trip to Las Vegas was absolutely incredible.  Everything has been so crazy for the last few weeks that I’m still trying to process it all. I figured I would throw some pictures up here and show you all how it went.

From the minute my plane landed it was time for interviews. Lots, and lots, and lots of interviews. I never thought I would give that many interviews in my life, let alone in less than a week. Hell, I never thought anyone would really want to hear what I had to say. Especially with my speech impediment! Hah! I know my interview skills aren’t the best. The guys at the firehouse like to remind me of that. But I have gotten way better since I started. So to anyone that interviewed me, I’m sorry.

The only thing that really kept me sane all week was the training. With all the other commitments, the ability to work out and train really helped keep me focused throughout the week. Not that my coaches would have let me lose focus. It still amazes me when people show up to watch the workouts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome. But it’s something I have to get used to.

Saturday finally came and it was time to go to work. I came in focused on the game-plan put together by my coaches. I was ready for a 3 round war.

Getting in the ring

I said all week that I didn’t care how I got the W. And I really wasn’t lying. I stuck with the game-plan and got that win. That is all that mattered to me in the end.

Thank you to my sponsors for the support. Headrush, Hyabusa, Muscle Pharm, Catastrophe Inc., Tim Lally Chevy, Studio Zero, Defense Soap, Advanced Sports Labs, John P. Lennon, Ice Block Cooler, and Rock Tape.

And thank you to all of you guys. I still can’t get over how much love and support I got. Especially on Twitter on Facebook. It took me a couple of days, but I read every single message that I got. It was amazing. Can’t wait for the next one.

Fight Week

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This fight poster gets me amped. I’m going to step back in the octagon in a few days. I can’t tell you how good it is to know that. Ever since I got the call to fight I have been focused on this Saturday. All day every day has been about training. Part of me still can’t believe I was able to get on the first all heavyweight UFC card ever. But a bigger part of me thinks that I belong here. I will have another opportunity to prove it this Saturday.

This is my first trip to Las Vegas and I couldn’t think of a better reason to be here. To get on the same card as Dos Santos, Mir, Velasquez, Silva and everyone else is awesome. And I am truly blessed and thankful for the opportunity.

Thank you to all my coaches and teammates at Strong Style for getting me ready for the biggest challenge of my career. Thank you to all my sponsors, Headrush, Hyabusa, Muscle Pharm, Studio Zero, Tim Lally Chevy, Catastrophe Inc., Defense Soap, Advanced Sports Labs, John P. Lennon, Rock Tape, Ice Block Cooler.

And thanks to all the fans for the amazing support you guys have given me running up to this fight. Can’t wait to get in there and put on a show for you guys.

Teamwork

A few weeks back, when I started this thing, I asked for any advice I could get from my Twitter followers. I was expecting a lot of “Don’t quit your day job” comments, and I got a few. But I actually got some really solid advice also. The one comment that sticks out the most was to remember who the people are that will read this and make sure it is geared to MMA fans.

That was great advice but I also want people to get a glimpse into all aspects of my life if I can. I spend the majority of my time in the gym training. That’s what you already know. And I will put plenty of things on here about it. What a lot of people don’t know is that I’m also a firefighter and paramedic in two different cities.

I’ve played on teams my entire life. But nothing will ever compare to the teamwork you need when you pull up to a house with fire blowing out of its roof and windows with 3 or 4 other guys on the truck. No matter what was happening 10 minutes before that, these are now your teammates. Actually, at that point they are your brothers.

That video was from a fire we responded to last week in a neighboring city. Those guys did what we are trained to do. They made entry to a fully involved house fire not knowing what was inside. They were met with explosions when the victims oxygen bottles started blowing. They continued inside and knocked the fire down before the connected business was damaged. This is doing something that most people wouldn’t dream of. This is the definition of teamwork. Luckily everyone made it out of the house and there were only minor injuries to 2 firefighters.

I know a lot of you will be disappointed that this isn’t about MMA. But it’s hard to explain to people how proud I am of my other job. Hopefully this will help you appreciate what these men and women do on a daily basis. It isn’t all sitting around the firehouse pulling pranks on each other. Though we do a bit of that too! Plus I wanted an excuse to show you the front page of the paper a couple days ago. This was taken as we were getting a burn victim ready for transport.

House Fire

They captured my best side!