I’m back for my last blog entry before the fight. It may seem like I have been slacking on the blog entries, but really I just ran into some difficulties with the video part of things. But I wanted to give you a run down of my last week of training – what I’m doing in these last few days before the show. As of right now, it’s Tuesday, and my weight is right where I need it to be. I’ll go to the gym everyday this week but my workouts are a lot less intense than usual. When I am in the gym I am just keeping myself active; doing light rolling, shadow boxing, and maybe some light mitt work.
As you might suspect, a really important part of this week is me watching every calorie and staying hydrated as much as possible. I’m feeling really good, and everything is falling into place. Now I just have to make weight and go put on an exciting fight for all of the people that will be watching in person and live on HDNet.
Looking back on my camp, I am happy with how everything as gone. My cardio feels great and right on pace due to the careful planning of the torture that my strength and conditioning coach, Jason Layne, has put me through. I worked my butt off in the gym with my coach Rob Nickerson for this camp and I don’t think I have ever worked harder for anything else in my life. I don’t feel any added pressure for this fight like some would assume. The fight being televised just gives me an opportunity to show more people what I can do. Make sure you tune in to HDNet this Friday, June 22, to watch me fight on XFC 18 – Music City Mayhem. There are a lot of exciting fights on the card including my teammate Zach Sanders. This is going to be a big weekend for our team, Reaction MMA – both Zach and I are making our television debuts, and one of our training partners, Joe Schiff, will also be fighting for his first amateur title.
Like always, I want to thank my sponsors who have stayed with me through this whole process, and I want to take a minute to mention some specifics. Chad Marsh with On Point Athletics always takes care of me. He made my shorts for this fight, designed my banner, and put some extra logos on my walkout shirt. Chad is awesome at design work. Shout out to Jason at Catbird Printing for printing my banner – Catbird does great work at affordable prices. Thanks to Lucky’s Auto Sports for hooking me up with some sweet product for my car. Thanks to BluegrassMMA and Gary for sponsoring me again – they’ve always been big supporters of a lot of Kentucky fighters. Thanks to Alby and Melissa with BangTown fightwear – another company that supports a ton of fighters from this region. Zach and I will both be wearing BangTown hats during our walkouts Friday night. Thanks to Lexani, and my friends at Angel Lifer, and thanks to Fear The Fighter for providing mine and Zach’s walkout shirts. They have a huge shirt selection and I’m happy to be representing them Friday night. Thanks to the XFC for this opportunity to fight for them, to all the guys at Pro MMA Now for letting me take up some space with my blog, and to all of you for following along with me.
Make sure to follow me on Twitter for info as I weigh in Thursday night and hang out before the fight on Friday, @metts155. #getready
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