Hey everybody Greg Compton here
I just wanted to apologize to all my trainers and friends who helped me train for TKO 26 and continue to help me cope with this brutual KO loss. If I disappointed anyone who expected more from me Im sorry, I just wasnt myself Friday night and froze up with fear. My body was in the ring but my mind and heart ran up the ramp and hid in the dressing room.
First all the fighters at Gladiator Grappling.Corey Macdonald, Rob Wynne, Ryan Gabourie and Scott Arnold Im sorry I choked and didnt listen to you all in regards to being calm and following a game plan. Corey always says in MMA it only takes one shot to change a fight and thats why the hands should stay up.. Im finally now paying the price.
Ben Meirles, Wade Shanley, Sean Ragnitz, Jamie Helmer and the whole crew from Ronin's MMA in Ottawa, thanks for always being there to tweak my many weak spots and polishing my game. Im sorry despite all the effort you put into helping me I didnt get to show any technichal skills. Next time will be different. Much love guys, I'll be down soon to help you train for Apex and plan the future. Wade no longer can I tease you so mercilessly without rebuttal thanks to Friday nights faceplant.
Defiantely a big thanks to Shawn Tompkins and the entire team, Sam Stout, Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, James Woods and everyone Im forgetting for every TKO always welcoming me into your group and making me feel like a a member of your team for 3 days. Thanks to Shawn for the hug and kind words backstage and reassurance that everyone who fights gets caught eventually, If anything you ever need please dont hesitate to call, I'll be there.
Lastly but certainly not least I must thank and congratulate Stephane Dube. Please know I didnt train lightly or undersestimate you at all in my preparation. I trained harder for Friday night then any fight in my life. You showed what 30 plus years in the martial arts can do and also brought class and sportsmanship to the fight from the interviews Wednesday night right through to the next day here on the forum.
Your level of conditioning and skill at 40 years of age is amazing, truly awe inspiring. The kick that dropped me I never saw and the left hook that KO'd me I dont remember. Awesome power and great technique.
To everyone else thanks for the kind words and I'll see you all back in the ring in the fall. For now Im focusing on a back up plan of becoming a professional bass fisherman and paintball player LOL
PS thanks to Freddie DeFreitas for great pics and doing a long winded interview with me.
All the best
Greg "StraightOutta" Compton