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. Click here if you missed week six.
Weeks until fight night: One
Current weight: 149 lbs.
Bout weight: 140 lbs.
Here we are, one week closer to my fight.
My workouts for the next two blogs are going to be boring, sorry guys. The learning is over (for the time being, of course), my strength is as good as it's ever been and my cardio is great.
I dont want to do anything to exert myself and risk injury this close to fight time and my weight needs to be right on point, so it's gonna be mostly cardio workouts just to maintain weight, with a few other things mixed in.Saturday: 9:00 A.M: Wake up, want my money back for that damn movie. Not what I expected. Take my supplements and eat a breakfast of scrambled egg whites and whole-wheat toast smeared with organic peanut butter.
11:00 A.M: Eat a bowl of lettuce and spinach salad with a light vinaigrette dressing.
12:00 P.M: Go for a 45 minute run.
1:30 P.M: Eat lunch, which is a chicken breast and spinach wrap with some green tea.
2:00 P.M: Nap.
4:00 P.M: Wake up, eat a handful of raisins and almonds, and watch some random fights on youtube. I like to do this, just pick a random fight between two random guys who aren't famous or anything and watch it. Helps me see how a fight between two guys who aren't "great" fighters might go, because let's be honest, my fight isn't going to be a fight between two "great" fighters.
5:00 P.M: Go to the gym, do 45 minutes of cardio on the stationary bike, then do the following circuit:
15 plyometric push-ups
10 kettlebell swings
10 box jumps
I complete the circuit three times with a 30 second rest between circuits and no rest between exercises.
7:00 P.M: Eat some dry tuna on toast with a protein shake.
9:00 P.M: Eat an apple and read some of "The Art of War."
10:30 P.M: Bed
All I thought about today was how badly I want fight day to be here. I feel like I’m very prepared to fight this guy no matter where the fight goes, so I just want to get in there and see if I’ve really done all I can do to be prepared, see where I need the most improvement, see what aspect of my game has improved the most since my last fight.
And honestly, I wanna be able to eat birthday cake at my nephew’s birthday!
Sunday: 9:00 A.M: Wake up to a horrible feeling. That old injury I complained about so much a few blogs ago is flaring up again. Looks like I’m gonna take the day off. Better to rest, ice my injury and see a specialist tomorrow than risk anything this close to fight time.
I know how prepared I am and I’m ok with taking the day off. I make my breakfast (Oatmeal with honey and raisins), throw an ice pack on and pop in my UFC "Best of 2008" DVD. You guys remember the New Year's card that year? Mir/Nog, Griffin/Evans, Silva/Rampage...man that card was stacked.
11:00 A.M: Eat a banana
1:00 P.M: Fat free cottage cheese and a chicken breast makes a rather bland lunch. The green tea makes it a little better.
3:30 P.M: Eat a handful of granola.
4:00 P.M: Nap.
6:00 P.M: Turkey and spinach wrap makes my dinner.
9:00 P.M: Eat an apple and watch some more random fights.
11:00 P.M: Bed
Monday: 7:00 A.M: Wake up, eat a banana and an orange for breakfast and head off to see the specialist about my injury right away (although it feels better this morning than yesterday) and head off to work.
10:00 A.M: Eat an apple for a snack.
12:30 P.M: Chicken breast, broccoli and rice for lunch.
3:00 P.M: An orange makes a snack.
4:30 P.M: Head home.
6:30 P.M: Eat a turkey and spinach wrap with a handful of almonds for dinner.
8:00 P.M: Head to practice.
Practice tonight was light, some cardio drills, some focus pad drills, four rounds of light sparring (very light sparring) and then some live jiu-jitsu rounds. Everything we did tonight technique-wise was specifically what we want to do on the 19th. We worked the exact techniques we are going to use in the fight.
I feel very ready. Very confident. I am aware of the dangers that my opponent poses and I am anticipating a tough fight, but I am also anticipating a win.
11:00 P.M: Shower up, eat an apple, hit the sack.
Tuesday: 7:00 A.M: Wake up, eat my oatmeal with honey and granola, head to work.
10:00 A.M: Eat some raisins and almonds for a snack.
12:30 P.M: Lunch is a turkey wrap with an orange.
3:30 P.M: Snack is a banana .
4:30 P.M: Head home.
5:30 P.M: Hit the gym for three, five-minute rounds of jumping rope, three, five-minute rounds of shadowboxing and then 45 minutes on the stationary bike.
7:30 P.M: Back home, drink a protein shake, rest.
9:00 P.M: Back to the gym for a 45 minute run on the treadmill.
11:00 P.M: Eat an apple, go to bed.
Damn this week is going slow. Mostly I want the weigh-ins to come. I love the feeling I get after weighing in. I get to see my opponent...look into his eyes and see nothing but truth. Once the weigh-ins are done, it's all down hill. I get to eat, relax and just enjoy every moment leading up to the fight. I love it.
Wednesday: 7:00 A.M: Wake up, eat my oatmeal and an apple, head to work.
10:00 A.M: Eat a banana.
12:30 P.M: Chicken breast and spinach wrap is my lunch.
3:30 P.M: Apple is a snack.
4:30 P.M: Head straight to the gym after work. three, five-minute rounds of shadowboxing and 45 minutes on the stationary bike.
6:00 P.M: Go home, drink a protein shake, rest up.
8:00 P.M: Back to the gym for a 45 minute run.
9:30 P.M: Head home, eat an apple and some almonds.
11:00 P.M: Bed.
Thursday: 7:00 A.M: Wake up, eat some scrambled egg whites and whole-wheat toast, head to work.
10:00 A.M: An orange makes my snack.
12:30 P.M: A chicken breast and some steamed broccoli is my lunch.
3:00 P.M: An apple for a snack.
4:30 P.M: Head home.
6:30 P.M: A lettuce, spinach, and chicken salad is my pre-workout meal.
8:00 P.M: Practice.
Tonight's practice was another cardio and technique-based practice. Just doing work. After warmups (15 minutes of ab workous, sprints and bear-crawls), we do a circuit. Three minutes at each station, conisisting of focus pad work, very light sparring, 30-20-10 drill (30 jab-cross combos as fast as possible to thai pads, 20 jab-cross combinations, focusing on power on the cross, 10 hard crosses, repeat), thai four-count station and the last station is the pitbull drill.
This is followed up by about 30 minutes of flow-grappling focusing on positioning and chaining together submissions.
10:30 P.M: Head home, eat an apple, go to bed.
I got nervous for the first time today. Nervous about the fight. Nervous to lose. It's coming...in nine days, it's gonna be time.
Friday: 7:00 A.M: Wake up, eat my oatmeal and honey with raisins, head to work.
10:00 A.M: Banana for a snack.
12:30 P.M: Turkey, cottage cheese, and raisins is gonna be my lunch.
3:00 P.M: An apple will make my snack.
4:30 P.M: Going to the gym straight after work for about 25 minutes on the rower, followed by 45 minutes on the stationary bike.
7:00 P.M: Chicken, lettuce and spinach salad will be lunch.
9:00 P.M: Raisins and almonds for a snack and I’ll watch some more random fights.
11:00 P.M: Bed.
This week was good. Lots of stuff going through my head. I want this win so bad I can taste it. I should beat this guy...but there is always the possibilty of a loss. Thats the hardest part of this game. You all have seen the work I’ve put in, my team and I have put hours upon hours of time, sweat, and blood into the preformance I’ll put on come fight night.
Will it be enough?
It has to be. The only thing I can say for sure is that I wont quit. He will have to beat me, cause I sure as hell ain't gonna beat myself.