Nov 06

The tale of two super fights

A few days ago, I finally had the chance to compete in Fight to Win.

It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I’ve applied more times than can be counted on one hand. So when I saw that the event was finally coming to my state, I knew I had to apply again. And that was despite the fact that I already had another superfight scheduled for the day after it.

Such an opportunity just couldn’t be wasted.

Now the dust has settled, and I emerged victorious from both, but I noticed clear differences in my performance. And it’s not what you would think either.

I performed far better in the second match.

And it’s not because the second opponent was a chump either.

In a purely objective evaluation, the second guy gave me far more technical problems than the first. He legit threatened me at several points.

I’ll explain.

There was something I did before my second match I didn’t do before the first.

It changed everything.

You know what?

I warmed up.

Just that.

While I was waiting, I repped out 150 push-ups in sets of 25 and flow rolled for a bit. It got my heart pumping. It prepared me for what was to come. And this wasn’t no ordinary match either.

It was a sub only with no time limit.

And it went well over an hour. All of it was a grind too. The guy was trying to break me with pressure but he didn’t even come close.

On the other hand, in my first match, which only lasted eight minutes, I got exhausted about two minutes in. An adrenal dump hit me like a ton of bricks, and it made me more cautious about pulling the trigger on some positions where I usually dominate.

My cardio didn’t change between those two days.

All that changed was the warmup.

Before that first match, I sat around for four hours waiting to compete, and I went out there cold.

It was a completely unforced error.

And I beat myself up about it afterward, and that’s despite the outcome.

In the room, I can roll cold, but it’s hard to go 0 to 100 when you’re in that state. Friday was a reminder of that fact.

And if you’re thinking about competing, learn from my experience. The warmup is non-negotiable.

It must be done.

And you must develop a routine that works for you.

Anyway, ’nuff on that.

In a few short hours, the next lesson in micro adjustments will go live. The focus is on a little micro battle that occurs in the over under butterfly position. Mere inches decide who dominates the battle, and if you don’t understand the dynamics of that situation, you’re going to have problems with the position.

Also, it will replace a nifty little lesson on attacking from the top of side control.

If that suits your fancy, jump aboard now to learn before it vanishes into the void.

The gate is this-away: