I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone last Friday. There was one more thing I had to do before my training break; it was to make my MMA fighting debut.
Now I am not about to join the UFC, but I do cross train in BJJ and submission grappling and have done some boxing. For a long time I’ve wondered how I would go in MMA, and when I was offered this fight and realised it didn't get in the way of my Olympic training, I thought I should give it a shot.
I was the semi-main event of the Style Wars card and fought against Rob Pryde from Numurkah Muay Thai. I was able to get the fight to the ground pretty quick with a big double leg take down. From there, I worked some ground and pound until my opponent gave up his back. From there I locked in a rear naked choke and he tapped out at the 2 minute mark of the fight.
It was a crazy adrenaline rush. It felt unbelievable given how much training and competing I've done lately. The relief that I could go on my break on a win was an awesome feeling. I am not sure if, or when, I will fight MMA again. My Olympic dream far outweighs my curiosity in MMA.
From here I will have 2 weeks off to get back to normal life. From there I will begin my training block in preparation for the Samoa World Cup, Korea World Cup, Japan Grand Slam and China Grand Prix in November-December. These events are all Olympic Qualifiers so with some good preparation and solid performances I could be well on my way to London 2012 by Christmas!