Wednesday, January 18, 2006

I am now 1 month out from my next fight...a King of the Cage pay per view in Monline, Illinois. Everything is right on track. I have been working extremely hard on my conditioning and submissions. My boxing is coming along nicely, thanks to Brian Keefe and I have been keeping up on my weight training. I will continue to go hard everyday and 2 a days three times a week until I am about 2 weeks out, then I will start the peaking process. I am still in a unique situation being so new at this fight game, that there is just so much for me to learn, but I have to learn each technique at a pace where I will have the neccasary amount of time to drill it and be able to execute it in a competition. It would do me no good to be taught everything possible and not retain any of it. I think my background as a wrestler is helping me with the submissions and jiu jitsu, as all three are very similar and I am surprisingly starting to enjoy the boxing.
I am now waiting to find out who my opponent will be. I was scheduled to fight Chris Harrison, but he had to back out, because he was selected as an alternate for the 3rd season of The Ultimate Fighter. A legitimate reason and I wish him the best of luck. I will post my opponent in my schedule/results section as soon as I find out.
Now would also be a great time to thank my new sponsers. Full Contact Fighter* (www.fcfighter.com) has been great to me. They took a chance on me and sent me gear to wear for my very first fight. They carry a great line of fight clothing, I was actually wearing thier t-shirts before I was even a fighter. I also have all my brothers, my father, and father in law wearing their clothes now. On their website they also have a huge fighter database, pictures, news, and pretty much anything else associated with fighting.
Spice Bar and Lounge* (www.spicebar.net) in downtown Columbus, Ohio is an upscale bar and resturant. The atmosphere is amazing as well as the food. They have great happy hour specials from 4-8 daily and a dance club on Friday and Saturday nights. I encourage everyone in the Columbus area or visiting Columbus to check it out at least once, you won't be disapointed.
*On a side note, I would not associate myself with any product or company that I did not believe in.
Most importantly, I have to thank my manager, Gary Marino. I was put in touch with Gary by Joel Gold from Full Contact Fighter. 5 days after my first fight, Gary flew me out to Boston to meet Dana White, on his own money no less! He took time out of his day to pick me up from the airport, put me up in a hotel, get me to and from the audition, and back to the airport. He did all that before I had even signed!! During the past 2 weeks, Gary has been in Italy on a family vacation, yet I get a phone call almost everyday to let me know that he is taking care of everything I might need for my upcoming fight. I have never met her, but I imagine his wife is absolutly wonderful to let him do all this. I have never had any doubt in my mind that I made the right decision to sign with Gary Marino.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Happy New Year

I want to say Happy New Year to everyone and thank you if you are reading this and keeping up with Team Salmon. You might have noticed I redid my biography, I just didn't like the way that it read. I have also added captions to all my pictures, so you know where they are from or what is going on in them. We are still also going to be updating pictures on the front page, so keep checking back.
Please, keep checking Team Salmon as I am constantly updating all over the place. 2006 is going to be the year of The Fish. My confidence is as high as my goals this year. I will never over-extend myself, but I am going to keep moving forward in this fight game. I plan on taking it one step at a time, all the way to the top. As confident as I am, I realize I have a world of learning to do and I want my learning to take place in training and not in a cage. I hope that everyone is on board with me. If you know me, you had to see this carreer move coming. I have to say that I have the greatest family in the world. Not all of them feel that they can watch me fight, but I don't question their support. Everyone in my family is behind me 100%.
I swear, I think that this is the greatest sport in the world. I pray that I never do anything to bring disrespect to the sport of fighting or the athletes that compete in it. Naturally, in a sport like this some athletes take fights for personal reasons, I never want to do that. If I ever feel the need to challenge an athlete by his name, I hope that I challenge him because his skills as a fighter and not out of anger or disrespect. What a great sport, please follow me into the new year.
I hope that everyones holiday season was as good as mine. My brother Matt was able to come back into to town and I was able to convince my wife that Wisconsin is where she wanted to spend Christmas. We had a great Christmas Eve at my Grandparent's house in Milwaukee and then spent Christmas day on my other grandparent's farm, the greatest place on earth. Maybe some week, when things are slow I will write about "The Farm."
So, I started training this past Monday for my upcoming fight another, King of the Cage on February 17, a pay per view in Moline, Illinois. It is being held in a 10,000 seat arena, so needless to say I can't wait. The only thing I am not happy about is that it won't air on pay per view till March 10, but after the pay per view it moves to DVD to be sold in Best Buy and Walmart. Not bad for only being on my 3rd fight.
I am applying the lessons I learned in my last fight, to my training for my next fight. I have been working harder on my conditioning and submissions, although I enjoy the fighting it is always good if you can end it quickly. I have also stepped up my weight training this time around. I think I may have backed off the weights and started my diet too early which may have left me a touch flat. That is what I am most encouraged about from my last fight(other than the win), is that all my mistakes were correctable. I am working with the same people as my previous 2 fights, Josh Williams, Rex Holman, Brian Keefe, and my brother Danny. A very good training situation.