The AK fight blog series is a weekly journal from the MMAmania.com fan community featuring a behind the scenes look at "AK" as he prepares for his third professional fight on March 19, 2011.
Weeks remaining until fight night: Seven
Current weight: 158
Bout weight limit: 140 or 145 lbs., TBD
Well Maniacs, I found out towards the beginning of this week that my next fight will be on March 19. I usually like a little more time to prepare for a fight. Three months notice is what I usually shoot for. But, I've been training regularly since my last fight in November and I feel like it wont be a problem at all to get in fight shape by the 19th. So, each week, I will be posting a short fight blog discussing how my training is going.
On Monday I decided to fight on March 19. On Wednesday I spoke with the promoter of the event and verbally agreed to an opponent. My opponent shall remain nameless but rest assured Maniacs, I have tape of all his fights and will be able to do ample research.
I know some of you wanted to help research my next opponent, but for privacy reasons I decided to keep his name anonymous. That is also why this post is under the screen name "A.K" -- the regulars will know who I am and hopefully the "recs" and comments for the article will bring the lurkers to it and the newbies too without giving my opponent any unnecessary insight.
So here is what my week looked like so far:
Monday: Missed sparring and technique classes due to being sick. Great way to start the camp, eh?
Tuesday: An hour worth of cardio and weights.
Wednesday: Repeat performance of Tuesday.
Thursday: 2.5 hour practice. Worked some specific standing combinations, a few rounds of sparring, drilled some takedowns from clinch and worked on some butterfly guard passes. Ended classes with four rounds of rolling. Discussed a little bit of the gameplan with my head coach and discussed who would be cornering me for the fight. My Jiu-Jitsu has been improving a lot lately. I'm tapping guys I used to be happy just defending against and my transitions and scrambles are really getting better.
Friday: Endurance training. Two hours worth of running, light-weight high-rep weights and heavy bag work.
Fight diet started this week. The first few weeks are always the worst, gotta clean out the fridge and cupboards of all the good stuff and replace it with cottage cheese, oatmeal, turkey, carrots, Greek yogurt, and chicken breasts. This is gonna get boring, fast.
But I'll get used to it, I always do.
Mentally, I'm still very relaxed this far out. I'm a little uneasy about the fight being less that two months away already, but I'm confident enough in myself and more importantly my team to be ready on time. One of my teammates is tentatively fighting on the same card as I am and that is always nice. It's comforting to have someone getting ready at the same time you are and knowing they are going through the same things you are.
Also, it helps pull the entire team together.
My gym has a quite a few members that train just to train, not to fight. They are interested in the sport and learning, but have no desire to compete, which is great. So some classes can be a bit less intense, catering more so towards people who are just there to learn and have fun. But when guys have fights scheduled, everyone pulls together and classes get intense.
People know that it's time to train seriously and they accept the fact that during sparring sessions, they are gonna get hit harder than normal and get pushed further than usual. It's really nice to have people that are there 100-percent just to help you out and to get you better.
Its also nice to have people of all different skill levels at my gym. I can comfortably say I'm in the middle of the pack skill-wise. So, I can pair up with someone I know I will get the better of and work specific combinations over and over, work on my head movement without worrying about getting lit up too badly, etc. I focus on technique and offense the most with those partners. Then I can pair up with someone I'm evenly matched with and really go all-out.
The balance of offense, defense, technique and power is totally equal at this time. I'm trying to do it all and improve it all. Then there are the guys that can murder me at any given time. I pair up with those guys to work on reacting to getting hit hard, defending powerful strikes, stuffing takedowns and my footwork.
Here, my focus is on defense. Always moving, always covering, always on my toes, never really sitting down on my punches.
That about sums it up for today. The first few blogs leading up to fight night might be rather boring, but I promise you, as the fight gets nearer, there will be much more running through my head and I will be much more critical of myself after practices.
Stay tuned, Maniacs, and thanks for the support.