(The champ and Belty.)
Well, after all the hard work the strap is finally mine. It’s been a long time coming and I’m rather happy to have that belt. It’s almost like the ring from Lord of the Rings; it’s my precious. No, really. If it’s in the other room I have to get up and touch it. Sometimes when I’m talking to someone I’ll get distracted by it and have to pick it up. I had someone say, “Put that stupid belt down and talk to me,” and I whispered, “Shhhh. He’ll hear you.” I haven’t officially named him, but for now I’ve been calling him “Belty.” I think we should have a little contest. Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comment section for Belty’s new name.
Now down to the serious stuff… The head-butt. There was no head-butt. It was an overhand right with 3:58 remaining in the third round (you have to pause it because of the camera angle) Dwayne throws an inside leg kick then he comes forward with a left hook and I counter with a short overhand right. If you did somehow see a head-butt, then you are delusional and very open to suggestive hypnosis. I’ve watched the fight over 100 times and there is no head-butt. Now where this rumor started was Frank Trigg casually mentioned after the fight was stopped that “it might have been a head-butt,” and the rumor grew until people swore they could see it. It’s almost laughable. MUAHAHAHAHA!
Right after I hit Dwayne with the right we clinched. Now, when I watched Dwayne’s fight with Emanuel Newton, every time Emmanuel and Dwayne would clinch up he would drop his weight to defend against the takedown. When I clinched up with him I thought,”Wow! He’s really dropping his weight,” and the takedown was almost effortless. Upon further inspection of the tape, Dwayne was falling over when I swept his leg. Dwayne later commented in an interview he just woke up with me in the mount. If I had let him go after we clinched, he would have been knocked out. I basically carried him halfway across the ring.
Aside from that from that, I felt we were having fun in there. There wasn’t a whole lot that surprised me aside from Dwayne kicking as much as he did. He caught me with one overhand right that I can only blame myself for. I telegraphed it. Stupid me, I used the same timing twice in a row.
Now as far as strategy and tactics go, Dwayne’s only real chance of beating me was to come swinging and hope to catch me with his power. He’s got powerful punches! I mostly relied on my kicks for this fight. Your legs are longer than you arms, so I hit him with kicks and stayed outside of his punching range. I knew if I was hitting him with my hands, that meant he could hit me with his, which was not the situation I wanted. I don’t believe in equal rights when I’m fighting, I always want the upper hand.
I believe I have superior wrestling to Dwayne. My wrestling coach, Owen Dawkins at the University of Alberta (Roger Alves is my coach at Hayabusa Training Centre) was surprised I waited as long as I did to make contact and use my wrestling skills. I wanted to stand with Dwayne, I like stand-up and Dwayne does to. I knew the crowd would be appreciative of it as well. But with Dwayne I set a trap with my stand-up. Every time he would engage I would simply evade and reset. I knew this would frustrate him and as the fight wore on he would become less and less scared of a counter, therefore making his attacks more aggressive and wilder. So I simply waited for him to come with a big attack so it would be easier to counter. That’s when I hit him with the overhand right and the rest in history. (I just like using that phrase)
It’s like being a poker player. Poker players make it seem to the rest of the table that they’re bluffing a lot. They sell that image to the other players. They control how others perceive them. After he’s made everyone think he’s bluffing a poker player will bide his time until he has great cards. When he bets everyone will bet against him because they think he’s bluffing, but this time he’s not. He takes everyone’s money because they were sold on him betting on a bluff. After that he can bluff all he wants because no one wants to get burned again. No one knows if he’s bluffing or if he’s really got great cards. They refer to the person who does this best as the table captain. They’re in control of everyone else’s actions and dictate the pace of the game.
In all seriousness, though, I do wish Dwayne a speedy recovery. He’s a tough guy and he’ll make his way back to the ring. No fighter ever wishes any harm on another fighter. We compete in a risky sport and injuries can make the biggest toughest guys feel mortal all of a sudden. It’s not a nice feeling. I’ve suffered some severe injuries in my athletic life and they are certainly not a lot of fun. Get well soon, Dwayne!!!
For the past week all I’ve been doing is a lot of nothing. I’ve also been eating and drinking whatever I wanted to. If I felt like pizza and froggies and gummies, that’s what I had. Now I’m not much of a drinker but I do enjoy the occasional drink. I had one or two fun nights but for the most part I kept it pretty low-key. If I do drink, it’s usually red wine or scotch. I also like beer and wings. I had to treat myself after this fight and I bought myself a quart of Johnny Walker Blue Label scotch. It cost 200 bucks, but it’s worth it. Drinking it is like pouring sunshine down your throat. I also tried to catch up with my friends for the week. To train for a fight you have to make yourself a bit of a selfish hermit and I was glad to have the opportunity to be stress-free and enjoy their company for the week. Now my girlfriend, I didn’t really have any catching up to do with her. She’s a facet of my life I simply don’t cut out (the same goes with my mother). A good woman is a great support system and can help soothe you on bad days and encourage you on good days. If you work hard at your job all day I bet you want a soft pillow to lay your head on at night, eh? Now on the other hand, if you don’t have the right woman – if she’s selfish or manipulative, it can ruin you. If you don’t surround yourself with the positive people how do you expect to do well?
I went to the gym 2-3 times this week just so my body wouldn’t get too used to doing nothing, but it was very low-key stuff, warming up and stretching mostly, but my mind or my body just wasn’t ready to be in the gym yet.
I really have a lot of people to thank for making this all happen, My manager Bobby has helped me out so much, he’s just a good hearted human being. Thanks to the Pavelichs and the MFC for giving me the opportunity to show myself on their stage. I also want to thank all my trainers and training partners from all the places I train. Hayabusa Training Centre, Frank Lee’s Kickboxing, Athletes Nation, as well as the University of Alberta’s wrestling program. I also thank all my sponsors Good4You, X-factor (thanks Jim), Full Tilt Poker, Lean EFX, Energy Security and Hyperion Laser Therapy.
Thank you to my family, friends and my girlfriend Tanya for being a great support. Thanks to everyone else who helped me out along the way, from my Agent Julian to Luscious Lloyd and to all my bro’s and all those in between. And last, but not least, thank you to CagePotato.com for giving me a forum in which to share my training experiences.
And until next time keep fit and have fun. If you don’t want to do that get fat and die young
P.S. thank you to all those who posted nasty comments when you had the chance, it reminded me there is a lower end of the human gene pool and challenged me to write more inventive blogs that those people with double digit IQ’s could not attack. ;)
Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo