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Well another fight is on the horizon for me.
Three weeks left until Emanuel Newton and I throw down. Not to mention the new two-fight deal with the MFC we just signed. My manager and I had a meeting with the Pavelichs and told them we wanted Emanuel for April 8th. Mark made a few calls and set it up. He also thought it was an interesting match up and would be great for MFC 29 in Windsor, so we got on the card with just over a month’s notice even though it was nearly full.
Emanuel is a tough dude who is ranked 35th on FightMatrix.com, not to mention a former champ. I expect a great performance from him considering how he looked in his last fight with Rodney Wallace.
At the press conference after the fights Emanuel said, “Jimmo, that’s a nice belt…..Ill be coming for it,” so this is a fight I pushed for. It is a great opportunity and not to mention Emanuel added a little emotional element to it by saying what he did about my belt. It’s also a big fight card and the first major MMA show to set foot on Ontario soil, so how could I pass it up?
How do we match up?
I think it’s a great fight for me. I’ve already beaten him once and have a mental edge on him in that regard. I’m bigger, stronger and faster than him. My stand-up is far ahead of his. The only skill of his that is comparable is his wrestling. Last time we fought he had superior wrestling to mine, but I was only actually training wrestling with wrestlers for 3-4 weeks at that point. I’ve been wrestling with national level wrestlers for over a year and I’m actually competing at nationals this upcoming weekend. I think my wrestling has surpassed his now.
Wrestling nationals this weekend, I’m competing one weight class above what I could compete at. I only have to cut 12 or 13 pounds to compete in the lower weight class but I’m choosing to wrestle at heavy weight. I figure that if I can hang and wrestle with pure wrestlers at that weight (up to 50 pounds heavier than me) then MMA guys in my weight class will never touch me. When I wrestle with guys who weight 270 and above I feel small. It makes me rely more on technique and speed than pure strength. My goal at nationals is top 3 but I’ll be satisfied if I place 5th.
Training has been going pretty good, I’m already in pretty good shape, so my biggest concern the first few days of training was being mindful of injuries. After your body’s performance peaks for a fight, it then will naturally drop into a valley to help it recuperate. It was important to start slowly and make sure I only did lower risk exercises. by the end of the first week I had built up to pockets of 90 percent intensity. At the same time I was also experiencing some nagging injuries, which fortunately slowly dissipated as my training intensity went up.
So the UFC has bought Strikeforce…..that’s pretty big news. I think it’s very good for the UFC and maybe even the fans but its horrible news for the fighters. The UFC has created a near monopoly which I’m sure will make them a lot of money but considering the fighters don’t have a union or any real sort of representation it would appear there is a very unbalanced power dynamic. I think it will make for a very volatile and unstable job environment for the fighters. I think more fighters will be cut sooner and considering the uneven power dynamic that is present I also think the UFC brass also has the option to strong arm more fighters into fighting for less money. The sponsorship aspect takes on the same landscape. Sponsors can be offering 500 dollars to a fighter and if they turn it down the sponsorship company has the option of saying f@#$ you because someone else will take the money. Considering there are only a handful of sponsorship company’s that are allowed in the UFC the options for the fighters becomes smaller and smaller. Now I do hope I’m mistaken about these presumptions I’ve laid out but as it is now there are fighters now on the undercard that have a hard time paying their bills. Compare that to the NFL where the average player makes a million a year. MMA fighting has a long way to go to be considered a grown up sport. I do hope I’m wrong in what I’m saying.
so far I’ve gotten some pretty creative suggestions for Belty’s new name; feel free to leave more suggestions in the comment section. Vie decided not to name him until I officially defend at least once so I’ll chose the title after my fight with Emanuel.
I really have to thank everyone for all the comments that you left after my last blog. It truly is inspiring to read the comments. They help keep me motivated and working hard to be better so keep them up and I can’t thank you enough for them.
Next week I’ve got to put a shot of nitrous into my cardio and bring it back up to the level it was for the last fight, its at 80 percent right now but the last 20 percent is more of a mental switch that has to be flicked. it will happen within a day or two of training, my body is ready to make that jump. It was very hard and took a lot of work to bring it to that level working from relative scratch for the last fight but your body’s basic environment is rather simple for all its complexity. My resting heart rate is currently 53 beat per minute( the average is 75 beats a minute and a slower heart rate means your body is more efficient at pumping blood through your system) My weight is about 225 with 7 percent body fat. It should be a very easy cut down to 205 come fight time.
In terms of my technique, the first week after the fight was a bit frustrating. Your mind plays tricks on you and you still think your timing and technique are as good as you were in the fight, but its really 20 percent off. The first week back training I got hit, thrown and submitted a lot. But after a few days of training things sharpened right up and they’re better than before my last fight. At 3 weeks out my technique is as good, if not a little better than it was at fight time so in 3 weeks it will be on another level.
Tune in next week to find out how the wrestling nationals went.
Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo