write up on my 1st fight (pics!!)

So I finally got around to writing it. sorry it took so long all, I've been doing nothing but stuffing my face the last couple of days. Anyways heres the run through on everything that happened leading up to my fight and the fight itself. I kept a running journal on my training and diet and all that good stuff and heres some of what I wrote. This is from when I got to the hotel (Tuesday 18th march) to when the fight happened (Thursday 20th march). Hope you guys like it.

Tuesday 18th February, 2008-

6:00am- weight- 130.5

So I'm where I need to be right now. Ideally I would like to wake up tomorrow at somewhere in the 129 range, the lower the better. I don't want to struggle making the weight. I'm gonna make the weight no matter what I just want to make sure that its not that hard on my body and I have enough time to properly rehydrate myself. Anyways all we did today was fly out. Me and Brian got to the hotel at 3. I ate real quick and than I took a nap and when we got up we ate again. While we were eating I rang into Bubby Mitchell, he's a 125 pounder too that's fight on the show also. He's someone that I might fight down the road. We all had dinner together, he's a cool guy. He's smaller than me like 5'2 maybe 5'3. After dinner I came to my room and hung out for a little bit than Brian wanted to wrap my hands to get used to it. While he was wrapping them I stretched my legs out a little bit. All in all it was a pretty relaxing day. Tomorrow I gotta wake up and cut the weight so that should be fun! Lol...

Me and bubby

Wednesday 19th February, 2008-

7:00am- weight 129

So I woke up today at 129, I'm very happy that I woke up at that weight. I went with Brian and watched him have breakfast, haha. Anyways I didn't eat or drink all day. I decided to cut weight at 2 o'clock; I also wanted to cut weight in my room away from all the other fighters. By the time 2 rolled around I was 127.8. I put on my sauna suit and some sweats and sweaters and I showed boxed for 15 minutes and I was 127.0 on the dot. I put everything back on and I jumped roped for 20 minutes this time and when I got done I weighed 126 on the dot.  Once I saw that I stopped cutting and I took a shower and went to get my photo shoots and video interviews done.

Me cutting weight

We ended up getting on the scale at around 5:30ish. By the time I got on the scale I was 125.2 which is perfect! I meet Greg McDowell and he's a real respectful guy. When I first found out I was gonna fight him he was kinda harsh to me but it really didn't bother me. Today he was super nice and he's actually a pretty cool guy. I think I'm in his head a little, it just seems that way. He weighed in at 119 which is really light. It looked like he was eating to actually gain weight but who knows.

Weighing in

Pose down

After the fight I messed up and I ate like a pig. I ate meatballs and chesses and red meat stuff that I normally haven't eaten since I've been on my diet. I felt instantly sick! I had the runs like 30 minutes later and I actually threw up 3 times. Its weird like my body went into shock and what not. I'M NEVER DOING THAT AGAIN! It's not worth it! 8 weeks or hard training and dieting and I almost ruined it! I dunno what I was thinking. I feel a lot better now and I should be good to go by tomorrow.

Me eating meatballs

Thursday 20th March, 2008-

So since my body is so used to getting up at 6am I woke up and got my stuff ready and had breakfast with Brian. I'm trying to eat the same type of foods that I've been eating the last couple of weeks with the only exception is that I'm eating more of it. I'm trying to carb load and I feel a little bloated because of the extra food and all the water that I've been drinking.  

I'm not really nervous right now which makes me nervous is that makes any sense. Normally I'm really nervous before my matches but all my matches are usually in the morning. I have all day today so I'm trying to keep myself busy by going online and watching movies and what not. I don't want to think about my fight till I get to the arena, from there I'm gonna get in fight mode. I spoke to my mom and I started to cry a little bit. For some reason I always get choked up when I talk to her before my fight. I'm gonna call her right before the fight cause I know that will put me in the mood that I need to be. It's weird to explain. I saw Greg this morning and he seems super nervous when I spoke to him. Anyways enough about him.

I'm gonna have lunch with my dad, nena, brian, marc, sean, Karen, tarek, and cimins at 3 and than after that I'm gonna grab my stuff and head to the venue to check in and hang out till we get under way. This will probably be the last time I talk to them till after the fight. I like to be by myself a lot and that will give me a chance to get away and focus on what I have to do. Hopefully we'll have a nice lunch and I'm gonna tell each one of them that I love them and that no matter what that they shouldn't worry about me because I know what I'm doing in there and that I have to do what I have to do. After that I wont see them till the fight is over which will let me clear my head and focus on what needs to be done. A few more hours and its go time. My body feels good now I just have to get in the zone and bring it all together!

Any more of the hot brunette in grey pants? An ass shot would be appreciated.

Oh yeah...congrats!

So the fight just got over and man what an experience! First after lunch I grabbed my gear and we went to check in and get our psychical done and get our gloves. They told me that I didn't have to be back until 7ish and since the locker room was full, me and Sean went back to my room to stretch out. When we got there nena and xotchli were there getting ready so I was stretching out while they were getting dressed. It didn't really bother me too much, I would have liked to have stretched out by myself but oh well. I got a good stretch and than we went back to the venue. When we got there we got a locker room and I got changed and Brian tapped my hands. I tried to stay relaxed and focus until he was done. When he finished I told him to give me a few minutes to myself. I said I pray and I called my mom and she got my head where its suppose to be. She told me that she loved me no matter what and that I was gonna win the fight and that everything was gonna be okay. I actually started to cry while she was telling me all of this. I felt great after we hung up the phone.

From here we started to warm up, I warmed up by hitting mitts with Brian and I got a real good sweat going. We did roughly 3 rounds 5 minute rounds to warm up, than they moved us into the hallway to get us ready to walk out. When we got there I found out that they burned the wrong song for my intro and it was too late to change it because Comcast needed to approve of it before hand. At this point I said screw it and I threw on my IPOD and I figured if they wont let me walk out to the song than I can listen to it myself while I walked out. I was supposed to walk to mad world by Gary Jules but instead I walked out to barstools by Gary Jules. Still a good song but not the song I wanted to walk out to.
I walked out into the arena and the place was cheering, I could hear nena, Karen, tarek, xotchil, and Brian all yelling for me. I also could hear random people yelling out uly and useless. The ref came up to me and gave me some instructions but I honestly don't remember what he told me. They introduced me but I don't remember hearing my name or if I even acknowledged it. they brought me and Greg to the center of the ring for the stare down and we were standing there looking at each other but he wasn't looking at me. He was looking up and he didn't want to make eye contact with me. I took a set forward towards him and than he took a step forward also and I leaned forward and we were super close to each other. We were basically touching noses. The whole crowd went nuts. At first I took the step forward cause I wanted him to look me in the eyes cause I knew that's not what he wanted to do. I wanted to appose my will on him from the get go. Even before the fight started.

Walking out wearing my brothers jersey to the ring

The fight started and I remember bits and pieces of it, I remember that we touched gloves and I remember telling myself that I needed to relax, move my head, control the center of the ring, and not to get caught with anything stupid. He threw the first punch which was more like pawing jabs than I think I threw a few jabs just to create my distance but I don't think anything landed. Than the weirdest thing happened, he threw a kick at me and it felt like it was coming in slow motion. I saw the kick coming from a mile away it seemed super slow I even had enough time to tell myself to catch the kick. I caught the kick and than everything went in fast forward mode. Once I caught the kick I picked him up off the floor and slammed him down with a double leg and I landed in side control. It was weird cause it went from slow motion to fast forward in less than a second.

When we landed in side control he kinda had my head like in a weak head lock position but I had his bottom arm trapped so I worked on un-trapping my other arm since he had it figure foured between his legs. Once I got my hand free I worked on trapping his bottom hand so I could posture up and punch him in the face, when I did this I heard laimon yell out that the back was coming. I knew that I was either gonna trap his arm and pound him out or that he was gonna give up his back from this point. I went to punch and he turned to get away and as I went for his back he hit me with a punch but it didn't matter cause I already was half way to his back from here. I got his back and threw my hooks in and started to attack his neck with the rear naked choke and a few seconds later he tapped. I got up and walked to the center of the ring.

I didn't even raise my hand or celebrate I just turned and looked at him and I was just staring at him I dunno why. After a second I walked over to him to make sure that he was okay. They raised my hands and announced me as the winner and than laimon and Sean ran in the ring and threw t-shirts out to everyone and they LOVED it. they interviewed me and the interview sucked. Haha but it lasted longer than the fight. Speaking of which the fight lasted 41 seconds and for some reason it seemed faster than that.

When I got to the back I broke down, I was so relieved that it was over. I mean 8 weeks of training and it felt like I was being selfish. I missed my mom's birthday and me and nena went through a lot and I was just glad that it was over. I saw my dad, nena,xotchil, Karen, tarek, brain and they all hugged me and told me how happy they were for me. I cried and told them that I loved them. I told nena that I loved her and that I was sorry for everything that I put her through the last few weeks and she just told me not to cry and that everything was gonna be okay. I called my mom and told
her that I won the fight for her. I was just glad that it was over and than I won and that I didn't get hurt. We all had dinner after words and it was honestly one of the best nights of my night.

Me and my dad. He was SO nervous before the fight

The 3 wise men. Sean, brian and laimon

A great friend and the best sponsor I can ask for. Brian cimins

Whos cheese cake was it?

Me and tarek. He was So drunk after the fight.

My cousin

Me and greg

I just wanna thank everyone that helped me out all my trainers Marc laimon, Brian clements, Sean Spees. All my training partners Sim Go, Sonny Nohara, Wayne McCullough, Jason Carptner, Jerry Shaprio, Anthony, Harry Sonson, and Ryan Monaco.

And all my sponsors for giving me the opportunity to make this happen

www.grapplers.com

www.fracturemma.com

www.getbigger.com

www.rentsamson.com
www.chemdry.com

www.fromthegut.us

www.bftrauma.com

Choke Nutrition

Kill Roys

If I forgot anyone im sorry.

Photo credits go to

www.sherdog.com

www.combatlifestyle.com

www.bloodymayhem.com

Congrats! Thanks for the pbp.

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You can't post pictures of Brian Cimins on this site.

cool

I have only one question...

Were you scared that even with the submission, Cecil Peoples would declare your opponent the winner?

surprised his arm didn't break on the double leg.

Good Job. Are you gonna keep fighting at that weight?

Waterbottle

congrats. and nice write up.

good stuff man.. congrats...

waterbottle- yeah most likely, the cut wasnt that hard and i feel really strong at that weight.

Good job!

Hey, how come you walked out to the ring with your opponent?



just kidding



Awesome write-up and pics. I just read the whole thing too.

Very nice job man, congrats. What weight do you walk around at before you start cutting? (If I may ask)

Great job man!

Great write-up....Congrats again!

sagiv- i was 142 when i started my training camp 8 weeks ago but im usualy 140 in the winter and 136 in the summer months

Thanks for the quick reply, just wondering cuz I'm a little guy too lol.