As I sit here admiring yet another facial scar with 6 stiches and a black eye I ponder Saturday night's fight. That for me in my short career was the best fight Ive ever been in. Thierry "The Surgeon" Quennville operated on me with a precision right elbow and some great takedowns and Ground and Pound from the half guard. His top game and size and strength was awesome and Im proud to have done so good against someone whose career Ive followed closely. Great fights and wars bring out the best in both opponents and he brought the best out in me.
Total love and thanks gotta go to the best cornermen Ive ever had, Ben Mierles and Wade Shanley of Ronin's MMA. Never was I so confident going to the ring for a fight, Wade Shanley spent 2 days with me calming me down and tell me I belonged there.
Ben Mierles, what can I say more, without your support I couldnt fight plain and simple. Im sorry I only got 1 sweep on him but all the rest of your knowledge paid off and I suffered very little damage on the ground in 15 minutes. Ben has been there to offer encouragement and support for every fight and I know that I'll never fight without you in my corner again. Nick Denis, Stephan Lamarche, Ryan Kellar and everyone who beat me up during Bloquao Monday nights. I'll be there in a week.
Thanks to the Queens wrestling team, specifically Marcuss Nieman, Justin and Albert Cheng for teaching me how to sprawl. Thanks Albert for running the stairs with me, my cardio was so strong I felt awesome.
Thanks always to my Wednesday night students at Gladiators for allowing me to do endless monotonous drilling of guard and 1/2 guard, it certainly paid off.
Big Hugs and Thanks to Scott Arnold and Mark Cleary for teaching me to throw elbows from the guard. A little more time in the 1st round and maybe I'd be celebrating a win but I improved a 1000% since my last fight, I'll be in your corner Dec 31st in RITC.
Merry xmas all and thanks everyone who emailed me or MSN'd me good luck and best wishes, I hope to see everyone on the mats in 2007.
TTYL, Greg Compton