I don't recall if I posted it on this forum or not, but several months ago I lost my title fight (and #1 amateur ranking in NE) via TKO.
If you have facebook, you can watch that here.
Even though I wasn't unconscious or even rocked so bad I couldn't think, that loss has phased me pretty badly. That sense of confidence I had before, where I thought I could just take shots impunity was shattered. When I got back to the gym, I was so gun shy in sparring it was ridiculous.
But overall, I think that its made me better. I've decided that I don't want to take ANY hits at all, if possible, from here on out. Furthermore, it reminded me that I have more options than just striking. My most recent fight, this one, was against a kickboxing specialist, who was coming off of a big win against the #5 ranked amateur 135 lbs fighter in New England. As such, I made it a point to fight like a mixed martial artist -- not a wannabe kickboxer!
That is to say, after getting that head kick KO and outstriking a highly regarded Muay Thai artist from Sityodtong, I started to see myself as just a striker. But in reality, while I'm not bad at striking or grappling, my greatest strength is my versatility and I was completely overlooking that. This fight reminded me to use all the tools in my arsenal, 'cause I'm not good enough at any one thing for it to carry me all of the way.
(PS: Matt Doherty's record was actually 3-2, having lost only to #5 and #7 ranked 145ers in New England.)
Last edited by strikistanian; 7/26/2011 12:30am at .
Thanks so much for posting these man! I'm in the New England Area myself, I'm always happy to see fighters out of here in the ring.
So you're a amateur fighter? Hows that work? How do you get into amateur MMA? How old are you?
I've been looking to do amateur MMA, but I'm scared that my grappling and Striking experience is so minor. Glad to see you're realizing your strengths man, when is your next fight? Is there any plan in terms of going pro?
Awesome! Both fights. You fought a lot smarter in that second match. The first fight was pure heart on both sides and was wild as hell. Without a doubt that fight was going to be finished with a knockout from either one of you. The luck just fell the other way. You also have some damned fine coaches and look pretty well rounded. Keep it up man, you're doing great.
Shotfighter, to be an amateur MMA fighter all you need to do is talk to a promoter and arrange a fight.
I just turned 21 the day after my fight. That's two in a row that I've fought right before my birthday, and I've won both times! :D
I intend to go pro after I finish school. I have two semesters left before that happens.
Tom C, I don't feel like it was luck so much as me not fighting my fight. He's damned good at slugfests -- me, not so much. My gameplan for that fight was pretty much identical to the one I used against Matt Doherty. Unfortunately, I kinda forgot about it in the heat of the moment.
Money, I agree about the commentator -- I like Mike Polvere on the mic. He's not super-exciting, but he does know his stuff. I've heard FAR worse commentary from local MMA shows.
Also, I walk around at 150. When I have a fight coming up, I diet down to a little above 140, then cut 5-6 lbs of water. To make life easier, I'm now trying to walk around at 144-145.