Fight camps are a mad time in life. You have about 8 weeks to prepare for an opponent at the end of that 8 weeks you know you're gonna step into the cage to fight another human.
Every week leading up to a fight people's excitement grows, as does the hard work and training being put in the gym. You can't lose focus. Not for one day. You've got to be concentrated and you've got to understand what is happening and what it's for.
Fight camps can make and break people and can be the reason for winning or losing, the more control you have over the atmosphere and the energy around your camp the better.
I like to control and have a say in my camp and my training as well as trusting my coach Chris.
If I don't feel like I'm getting enough done I've got to go and push myself, at the end of the day I'm the only one getting into that cage.
I have to be satisfied.
This past week was frustrating for me with a lot of built up emotion over a couple of things, family, friends, loved ones, relationships and training, just all frustrating - It's that time in camp where this always happens. You've got to realise what the bigger picture is. You are going in there pushing your body to the limit every day. You're not eating everything you want to. You've got to keep disciplined and it adds little stresses in life. If you loose sight of the end goal you'll get swallowed up by all the pressures and emotions of everything and you will lose focus.
Trying to balance all this is quite tough.
This is where you've got to surround yourself with the right people. You've got to have the right partner. You've got to have a good family who support you. They cannot, cannot and should not, effect your fighting. Be it the energy at home or with anyone you're involved with - everyone you surround yourself with for fight camp and in life has to add to you and bring a positive energy that drives you. An energy that helps you prepare yourself for the fight.
It's weird but fighters are normal human beings - we feel the same as everyone else. We may be the outliers of the world, we may be a bit crazy because we like to punch people in the face for a living, but we still feel love and we still feel loss like everyone else and when my body feel sore after the gym I still need to get up and train three times the next day.
Every fight camp that comes back around I need to remind myself why I'm doing this. I'm doing this to leave a legacy, to prove I'm the best. I'm better than anyone. The only way for to prove this is by fighting.
Every fight camp needs to be better than the last.
Every day. Every time. You've got to progress and evolve. You've got to change.You've got to shut off the rest of the world and just concentrate on fighting.
And when the fight is done it's kind of a mad way to live but I just do it all over again.
You take a week off you maybe go on holiday and see friends you haven't seen - because in camp I cut myself off from the rest of the world and I don't see my friends. I push myself to the limit and the only way I'm gonna do that is if I'm constantly focused.
For me to sit here and tell you that life is good is a lie.
Life is tough but you gotta push through and realise that you are doing it all for good. Every day you wake up you've got to attack it with a positive attitude and that's what I'm about.
You make life whatever you want. If you want life to be good you can make it good. If you want it to be tough you'll make it tough. For me, I just wanna have a good day every day, I want to laugh everyday, I want to smile everyday. I go to bed knowing that I pushed myself hard today and when I get into this cage it's all gonna be worth it. All the sacrifice and time away from loved ones it's all gonna be worth it.