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I got up around ten o’clock this morning and I must say that I’m getting very excited about visiting England, cornering Spencer at his fight and of course seeing my wife and kids when I get home on the following day. They are celebrating the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday today so I’m missing out on all the turkey and other great food that’s being eaten back home today.

With us flying towards the UK for most of the day tomorrow, we made sure to hit the road for one more run this morning. Fifty minutes…yes fifty minutes later we were back at the car after running, winding and weaving our way through the large bike path that runs around an area close to Spencer’s place. I felt pretty good throughout it all and must have dropped at least five pounds of sweat due to the hot, sunny weather we’re having here today in Iowa.

Upon finishing the run, everyone –Spencer, Nache and another one of Spencer’s students name Christian– lied on the grass while I put them through a mental drill that I do often when preparing myself for a fight. Blending some hypnosis type stuff, positive thinking and visualization techniques, this exercise is definitely a huge part of my success in MMA and one of the main reasons I never felt nervous when fight time arrived. It helped me fight harder and go for the finish each and every time I stepped inside the ring or cage.

Back home now, I’ve been playing around on my laptop for a bit. I’ve got some cleaning and packing to do before we leave tomorrow but I just seem to keep putting it off. I guess I better get it done while I have time…

It’s really late now and I’m lying in bed. Spencer wanted to work out a little while ago so I suggested we hit the gym for some shadow boxing and pad work. We ended up doing five 5-minute rounds of training. Spencer was looking really good; smacking the pads around nicely, staying very relaxed and turning his hips into every one of his strikes.

Anyways, I’m off to get some sleep. Tomorrow we leave for England at around one o’clock in the afternoon. Fight time is approaching quickly!

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Not me, but that's the same thing I had on 🙂

At training this morning it was just Spencer, Anthony –who is one of Spencer’s MMA fighters– and me. The workout consisted of Spencer spending half of each of his rounds –2.5 minutes– MMA sparring and the other half of the rounds working on the hand pads with me. For five 5-minute rounds he kept it up and afterwards he worked through one round of groundwork with him starting on his back with Anthony in his guard. His goal was to work sweeps and submissions or work his way back up to his feet. He did a really good job through it all.

Heading back to the house afterwards, we relaxed for a little while before heading out once again. This time our plan was to go do some deer hunting. I must admit I was pretty excited but didn’t know really what to expect. It took close to an hour for us to drive to  the spot; some private property that was owned by of friend of Spencer’s. It was the same place where we had set up the motion sensing cameras that had taken pictures of some pretty big deer the week before.

Jumping out of the vehicle, Spencer and I walked for a few minutes into the woods. He gave me a few instructions and then pointed at a nearby tree.

“Sit up against that tree with your back to it and keep your eyes open for deer.” he said with much excitement in his voice. He then described the different between the sounds that deer, squirrels and other forest animals make. I did my best to remember his pointers.

“I’ll text you when I’m coming to get you.” With those words he disappeared into the foliage and I was on my own. Clad in an entire suit of camouflage material, everything was covered on me except for both of my hands. Soon after dropping down to sit beside the large tree that Spencer had pointed out to me moments before, a buzzing sound rang in my left ear and I quickly realized that it was a mosquito; one of way too many that were already flying around me. There must have been fifty of them on my camo suit, crawling in search of the blood filled, heat generating, energy source that my body was. It was disgusting! They were all over the place working diligently to fly into the open eye slit on my ninja-like hunting hood. Then they started to attack my bare hands and when I looked down at my legs I quickly realized that my protective pants had a huge rip in the thigh area.

So there I was, standing next to a tree with my hands stuffed deep in my pockets, my body carefully angled so that the hole in my pants was slightly smaller that it had been before all while a repeated buzzing sound was ringing through each of my ears. One time, I made the mistake of looking down at my suit and noticed about fifty different mosquitoes crawling all over me. I tried not to look down again. I friggin hate mosquitoes!

Soon after I started to hear some strange sounds: Quick Footsteps which turned out to be a squirrel, a frightening sound that sounded like the damn “Predator”, something that sounded like a cow mooing and a bunch of slow crunching sounds which I could have sworn were made by a deer that was approaching but I never saw a thing.

Several hours later it started getting dark. Spencer text messaged me that he would be coming to get me in about twenty minutes. Twenty minutes passed and he hadn’t shown up or messaged me. The darkness was making it really hard to see and honestly I started to get a little worried. I began envisioning bad things –Blair Witch type stuff– as I stood there in the middle of the darkening forest. Luckily, Spencer eventually found me and we headed back to his truck. I was really relieved but found myself starving and sore from standing and swatting mosquitoes away from me for three straight hours.

It turned out that I should have been sitting the entire time to rest and to limit the deer’s ability to spot me in the bush. No wonder my legs were on fire and I never saw a single thing out there; I was doing it all wrong!

The drive home was long and again we became a little bit lost so it took even longer. Overall, it was an okay experience that probably would have turned out super exciting had I not scared away all of my prey with my mosquito swatting action.

Back home, a group of us just watched the Strikeforce MMA card. After it was done I headed down here to my room to eat some instant teriyaki rice that I cooked in the microwave and I must say it was pretty good. I think I’m going to finish up this game of scrabble with my wife –which I’m loosing badly by the way– and then get some sleep…

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Jumping out of bed early I ripped through a one hour workout from my MMA QuickStart program in the basement. The one I did focused mostly on ground technique. It was a fun one and I’m finding my own punching getting sharper and faster by practicing the basics repeatedly. Being in really good shape right now, I’m trying to be careful not to make the workouts too difficult conditioning wise since most people doing the program will be new to the sport and maybe even new to athletic training in general.

Right after I finished the lesson we headed over to the gym again (which is where I’m at right now). Time to put down the laptop and teach some stuff…

It’s now late in the day now and it’s been a really busy one. During that morning class I taught an omaplata sequence that I like to use starting with an entry, then the basic submission and lastly I added a back roll sweep to the top position.
Lastly I drilled wrestling takedowns with Spencer. Well not really, it was more like I was the throwing dummy as he drilled a few techniques on me over and over again. We focused on two takedowns that we both feel will work well in the fight for him if he does decide to take the fight to the ground: The chest pressure single leg and the double leg tackle. Spencer tore through five hard, non-stop one minute rounds drilling those attacks and we finished the workout with a few five minute rounds where he took me down to the mat repeatedly using a wider variety of takedown attacks.

After class, I sat around the house for a bit then joined Spencer on a drive to sell some hunting equipment. Two fighters trying to navigate their way throughput a three hour drive ended badly as we got really lost. We managed to eventually meet up with the buddy of Spencer’s that was buying his stuff.

On the drive back we were both starving so we stopped at an Outback –it was supposed to be a Ruby Tuesday’s according to our GPS but I guess the business there had changed– for some food. I don’t know if it’s was my black eye, my UFC t-shirt, Spencer’s leanness, or the fact that we may both look like we’ve been hit quite a bit over the years, but everyone was coming up and asking if we were fighters. Even funnier was when the waitress said, I think I’ve seen you guys on TV? Are you famous? After eating and signing a few autographs we headed back to the car.

Two minutes later we decided to look for a local gym so that we could get a workout in. I really have no idea of our exact location but I’m guessing that it’ll be at least two more hours of driving to get to Spencer’s house.

Anyways, I once again find myself sitting in the middle of a men’s locker room of a gym –a Gold’s gym locker room to be precise–, waiting as Spencer sits in the Sauna relaxing. It’s been good though as it’s provided me with some time to charge my laptop and sit down beside one of the bathroom sinks to write all this.

We’ll be heading home in a bit, I write a little more when I get back…

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Spencer woke up today weighing in the 160’s; One hundred and sixty-nine pounds to be precise. That’s not too bad and he should be able to come down a little bit more before he has to shed his water weight to make it under the designated one hundred and fifty-five pound limit.

Spencer is out on the huge matted floor that makes up the main gym, jumping rope as I write this. He says his body is a lot better and that he might want to do some sparring later today. That was great to hear.

The group of guys training here are really great people. I’m really going to miss training with them all when I return home after Spencer’s fight at UFC 120. I’ve invited all of them to come up to my martial arts school anytime they like so hopefully they can all make a road trip up sometime in the future to train with my students back home. That being said, it’s going to be awesome to roll, teach and train with my crew of guys when I get back to Hamilton and resume my regular teaching/training schedule.

I’m going to close up the laptop for a bit and go help some the guys in the day class with their punching technique…

We’ve already returned to the house but let me catch you up on what we did earlier. After working his team through some techniques, Spencer threw on his gear and I donned my hand mitts as my mind zeroed in on the things I wanted to focus on during the upcoming rounds. When it was all over, my arms were on fire! Spencer had just put in his best pad work of the entire camp. All of it is on tape including the final three minute, one hundred percent intense, non-stop punch out round. There were a few kicks and spinning back fists mixed in but he didn’t stop working for the entire duration of the round!

At this point in the camp I’m feeling very honoured to be part of this journey as he prepares for his upcoming fight with UFC newcomer Kurt Warburton.

Here’s the video of his final 3 minute conditioning round on the mitts:

After all of that, we hit up the stadium once again for our final workout over there. I sat out of the session for a few reasons: I’m getting too damn skinny; I wanted to get some video footage of it all; and I can’t keep up with the Spencer anymore now that he is in top fight shape. Over the last week or so, he’s been turning things up a notch that’s for sure.

Back at the house now, I’m going to do a short workout of my own now, then it’s time to hit the gym again, for what may be Spencer’s final mixed martial arts sparring session. I’ll write more a little later…

Man, I got hooked working on a small highlight video of today’s pad work session with Spencer. My addictive personality took over and I ended spending an hour or two on just that. I still plan to do my work out sometime later tonight.

A quick drive finds us back at the gym now. I just had a long talk with the gym owner Jai Johnson, resident boxing coach Nile Pena, and one of his students about old sport karate days. It turns out Jai and I were competing around the same time back in the day, he in NASKA and myself in the National Black Belt League. In his office we watched a few cool videos and our conversation brought up a lot of great memories from back when I was a teenager. It’s great to be around good people and through martial arts I’ve been fortunate enough to meet so many of them over the years.

Spencer’s is teaching class right now. I’m not sure if he needs me to show anything to the group but I’m going to go over and see if he does…

I ended up showing a few MMA guard passes that went along well with the slick techniques that Spencer had showed them previously. Afterwards, everyone rolled for a bit. It was a good test for Spencer since he hasn’t been able to grapple very much over the last few days. Several five minute rounds later, he spent one final round smashing strikes down into a ground and pound bag. Looks like “The King” is back in top form!

Back in my basement level bedroom, I’m very tired and looking back at todays journal post I think I’ve written almost too much. Time for some sleep!

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One hundred and seventy two pounds! That was Spencer’s weight this morning which isn’t too bad.

Spencer shared that very important number with me just before we headed out for striking training this morning. Sitting out of training for a few minutes while the guys warm-up, I grabbed my laptop and I’m now sitting off to the side of the gym typing this up.

I woke up extra early this morning, at around seven o’clock so that I could call home and wish my son a happy 12th birthday before he left for school. He was so energized over the phone! Yes, I’m sure it was a little bit because we were talking to each other but I think his excitement was due to the fact that my wife and I gave him the new Halo video game as a present. Combine that with the fact that he is now allowed to use his x-box again –he was grounded off of it for not listening well– and you’ve got a recipe that will make him smile.

I’m very happy for him and really look forward to seeing him, my daughter Kaiya and my wife Corene again when I return home from England on the day following Spencer’s fight. Without a doubt, after all I’ve been through in my career and personal life; I’ve realized that family really is truly the most important thing in the world.

Well, time to jump into class and help the crew with their technical practice. I’ll be back to write more soon…

Class went really well. Spencer worked with me on the hand mitts again, this time for around five or six five-minute rounds. Very smooth throughout all of the rounds, Spencer worked at around seventy-five percent intensity which allowed us to focus on ultra solid technique.

A few of Spencer’s friends (in the post picture above), some really nice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guys, visited the gym to see Spencer and get some training in as well. I ended having a couple of good rolls with them and felt really good on the mats. I think all this conditioning is paying off as I seem to have endless energy during training lately. I’ll have to check my weight again tonight because I feel like I’m back into the 180’s.

After training, Spencer and I headed out for another jog. Thirty-five minutes later we were done the run and pretty tired. I’m sitting in the car right now waiting for Spencer as he talks with a local business owner that he was contacted by, about potentially becoming a sponsor for his upcoming fight.

It’s getting a little late but I think I’m going to test out another MMA QuickStart Workout when I get home. Way too much exercise for one day but I’ve got to get everything ready for the program’s launch date….

Well it doesn’t look like I have time to work out here at Spencer’s house after all. We ended up spending over a half hour getting Spencer’s worked on by Doctor Smahl. The Doc suggested Spencer take training off tonight to give himself a necessary break. I’ll be heading back to the gym in around fifteen minutes for the night class. Be back to post more soon!

We finished training about an hour or so ago. Now I’m sitting in the middle of the men’s change room at a local fitness gym while Spencer sits in the sauna seeing how much weight he can cut in the next twenty minutes. Some old naked dude is towelling off beside me and must be thinking to himself why is the guy sitting in here typing on his laptop. Good, he just left as I finished typing that sentence.

Anyways, despite having to rest completely tonight, Spencer still taught his class, throwing some punches and then some kicks throughout the entire lesson. He really does a great job instructing and it’s obvious that he cares a ton about every one of his students as he always takes the time to help them out in every way that he can.

The guy never gets a break from his phone though; I can hear him talking on it right now while he’s in the sauna. The thing is ringing and beeping all day long with text messages and phone calls. There’s never any down time for him when he’s carrying that thing.

I’m going to grab my video camera and get a little footage of him cutting weight. I’ll post some more in a bit…

After a little more time lurking around the men’s washroom like a pervert or something while I waited for Spencer, I was happy when he came out of the Sauna. We headed home and I talked with the wife for a bit soon after we got in. I then forced myself to work out –yes, another test my training program– even though I was really sore.

After I was done I met my wife online for another game of Scrabble. Coming off my first win in like 50 matches, I was pumped to do it again. Back to back victories over my wife would be something special.

It didn’t happen…In fact she just beat my ass badly! . The nice thing is that she follows every beating that she puts on me with an “I love u” message which seems to lessen the pain of losing a little bit.

I guess it’s time for me to get some sleep. I’m wiped out after that type of ass whoopin…

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Arrgh!! I had a couple of bad dreams last night that really made me miss being home with the family.

After realizing that I was just dreaming, I waited for about thirty minutes before waking Spencer up. It was already around nine o’clock in the morning but it didn’t take very long for us to grab some food and head to the gym for the first training session of the day.

We got there a little bit late because of some bad luck which came in the form of a minor fender bender that happened after another car clipped us on our way to the gym. That sucked! Roughly thirty minutes later we were back en route to our training destination.

Once there, we started class right away. I worked the group through a bunch drills that I like to use to warm-up my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. After everyone was warm I showed a few of my most important details regarding taking and attacking from the back position. While we were practicing Spencer’s was feeling a bit sore so he decided to sit out and rest for a bit before we headed to to the stadium after class for another run. That run went very well as I watched Spencer fly around the track over and over again with great speed.

With us still having twelve days until fight time, and Spencer already in excellent shape, a session or two off when he needs it will do him good.

Back home now, I’m going to do a little workout of my own, here in Spencer’s basement for about forty five minutes and probably grab some food after that. Then it’s back to the gym for another groundwork practice. If Spencer feels up to it, I’ll have him do some light pad work and shadow fighting to break a good sweat as he continues his weight cut down to 155lbs…

We just got back from the night training session. Good news is that most of Spencer’s pain had subsided and he was feeling pretty good during training. Even better is the fact that he worked steadily through thirty minutes of intense mitt work. We worked on a few new combos and strung them together with some older combinations so that some sequences consisted of more than ten techniques. It’s been great to get Spencer’s input as to how he likes to hit pads because he’s got me holding for some techniques that are new to me as well. New tricks are always a great thing to have for both fighters and coaches!

Oh yeah, I did have Spencer punch-out for the final three minutes of his last pad round, but I’d say it was at about seventy-five percent intensity. I’ll be sure to get some video of us doing the full intensity three minute blast that’s for sure. It’s very rare that a person ever gets into the kind of peak physical shape that a professional MMA fighter is in when they are fully prepared to fight.

Now that I’m retired from fighting I really regret not having recorded some of the insane tear-inducing training sessions I went through, the countless in-ring wars I endured, and the other stuff that I’ve experienced while getting ready for my fights. It’s that kind of stuff that will be great to show the grand kids some day or use to scare my seven year old daughters future boyfriends away.

I rolled with a bunch of guys before holding the mitts for Spencer, so I was able to get a really good workout in myself. Too tired to do much else…I just watched about half of the new karate kid movie, talked with my wife for a bit and now I’m lying in bed ready to catch some zzz’s.

Tomorrow we have some guys visiting to train at the morning session which should be fun…

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Early morning MMA sparring!

Gotta love getting punched in the face right after waking up. That’s what Spencer’s sparring partners were feeling today as we switched them into to spar with him one after another for every single round. Eight rounds later, Spencer threw his sweat drenched t-shirt to the side, took a few minutes to rest and then came back to work through two more rounds on the hand mitts.

I was really impressed at how he handled so many three minute rounds of hard training. That was until I went to reset the timer and noticed that the rounds were set to run for four minutes! Then I was ultra impressed. The scheduled three five minute rounds at UFC 120 will feel short for Spencer compared to the way he’s been training, especially if he knocks this guy out early in the fight. A Ko of the night or submission of the night would be awesome! I think it could definitely happen.

After training it was off to the trails for another forty minute run. It’s getting really tough to keep up with Spencer during our recent roadwork sessions and that’s a very good thing; It’s obvious he’s is getting in better shape all the time. We’ve had to train around a few aches and pains but that’s expected after all the training we’ve done so far. I remember that for me, at this point in my own training camps, it’s always my biceps and elbows that burn, ache and throb so much that it’s almost unbearable. I don’t miss that feeling one bit.

I think some drilling of arm lock attacks, triangles and ways of standing up from the bottom instead of overdoing the full out live grappling for a day or two should do the trick in helping that pain subside.

I’m going to chill out for a bit and then get some sleep, to rest up for tomorrow’s training session. I’m really going to make Spencer work hard on the mitts, both boxing and Muay Thai style. The final three minutes of his final will be non-stop punching. Should be good!

Good night…

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A Day Off From Our Regular MMA Training

With it being Sunday –our day off training– Spencer slept in pretty late this morning. After not being able to sleep very well I got up and worked out for a while in the basement. The workout, from my MMA QuickStart program was more of a groundwork based workout. Even though I’m in good shape it was still pretty challenging. I think beginners will really love it and I think a lot of the people that purchase the program should take before and after photos as I think they be getting a lot leaner in the process of learning the mixed martial arts game.

I kind of just sat around the house most of the day, eating a few meals here and there but not doing much else. A few hours ago Spencer and I headed out to catch a movie at the local theatre. We ended up staying for two different movies. The first was a scary movie called “Let me in”. I won’t say too much about it in case you want to see it but it was a pretty good one.

After that movie we sat in the middle of the theatre hallway for a while deciding which movie to watch next. I found it pretty funny that at this theatre nobody was waiting to take your tickets when you entered the movie area meaning you could probably just walk in and go see any movie without paying if you felt like it. I snuck in a bottle of diet coke and a big bag of trail mix to save some cash but ended up still buying some buttered popcorn anyways.

I kind of felt like seeing “Wall Street” after hearing that it was a good one but Spencer seemed keen on entering the theatre that was showing the movie called “Devil”. By now, I’ve gathered the guy loves his scary movies. It really didn’t matter too much to me so we ended up seeing the latter of the two. It turned out to be a really good movie and turned out to be a lot different than I thought it would be. Afterwards I was definitely glad we saw it.

It’s getting pretty late now so I think I’m going to go get some sleep, after calling my wife that is. She sent me a text an hour or so ago about an interview that I might do with the MMA Meltdown show sometime tomorrow. Hopefully I can fit it into our busy training schedule. This coming week will be the hardest training of the entire camp…

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I woke up a little later than usual this morning: sometime close to noon. Since I wasn’t exactly sure when Spencer wanted to train I got up, grabbed some food and got ready to test another workout from my MMA Quickstart training system. I’ve been trying to structure every workout in the program to last around an hour and it’s been working out well so far. I’m also finding the workouts to be a lot of fun and challenging at the same time. I’m really excited to see how people that are new to the sport enjoy the training program.

About the same time that I finished my workout, in the middle of Spencer’s basement, I heard a yell from Spencer. He was asking me if I wanted to head outside to go for a run with him. Five minutes later we were in his car, driving quickly –and I mean quickly– to one of the many trails we’ve been running lately.

We used the first five minutes of jogging as a warm-up and after that I used my watch to tell when each minute passed. Running at average pace for a minute then turning up the speed for the next minute, we continued this pattern for an entire thirty minutes. During the last two minute long burst, I had a really hard time keeping up with Spencer and fell a good ten feet behind him. He’s definitely getting into peak condition as fight day get closer.

Arriving back at the car, Spencer did an intense five minute round of shadow fighting on a grassy area located ten feet from the parking area. He threw countless punches, kicks and knees and during the last minute I called out times for him to sprawl in between punching combos. He pushed hard throughout it all. After that it was back home for us…

Now, I’ve got to tell you that Spencer and I have a lot in common. One thing is definitely our “Sweet tooth”. As much as I do, Spencer loves his candy and cans of coke. I’m trying my best to motivate him –by eating clean myself– to keep his diet clean so that he will have an easier time making weight as well as looking ultra fit come fight time. He’s doing a great job of keeping his eating on point and as a fighter I know how damn tough that can be to do.

Taking the night time training session off, we decided to head out to do some hunting. For a few unexpected reasons we didn’t end up on the hunt but we did get a chance to scope out the hunting grounds and even saw a few buck and does during the walk we took throughout the forest and fields located roughly forty-five minutes away from Spencer’s home.

Back home now, I’m alone in my room eating a bag of cheddar cheese combos that I bought when Spencer wasn’t looking. I didn’t want to distract him, with bad food so I had to be sneaky.

I think I’m going to head upstairs now and watch a movie. Either that or test out another QuickStart workout which would be my third training session of the day. I’m still not quite sure what I feel like doing…

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MMA Sparring Overload

Wow, the time is flying!

I can’t believe it’s the end of the week already. We’re all looking forward to a day off this weekend; one day of rest to allow Spencer’s body to regain some strength and recover from all the hard work he’s been putting in at the gym. He’s really tired lately but that’s a very good sign. If this week and the next are too easy, the fight will be difficult as he will have not trained as hard as he should have. He is exactly where he needs to be right now. The final week before his fight at UFC 120 will consist of much less training. We’ll work on the focus mitts in shorter, more intense intervals, tighten up ground fighting skills and get Spencer ready to make weight. However, before then we still have another solid week of ultra intense training.

This morning we focused on small glove sparring, with Spencer scrapping through four 5-minute rounds. To make things tougher for him, his sparring partners switched out every two and a half minutes which kept them fresh and aggressive. After all that was done I held the hand mitts for Spencer as he put in one more five minute round of intense work. We’re really starting to work well together in that aspect of training. Even after all the hard sparring rounds he was punching the mitts with super balance and focus.

In my room now, I just uploaded some more training videos to my laptop. I should be able to put together a really cool highlight of the training camp when I return home.

I’ve got the feeling that we’re going to head out for a run in a bit…

Oh yeah I forgot to let you know how the scrabble game went with the wife last night. I was so tired that I almost didn’t play with her. After she talked me into it we got to it and thirty minutes or so later she ended up being too tired to play. We saved the game at that point and I’m proud to say that the score was all tied up. Hopefully tonight I can take the lead and pull off the elusive and seemingly impossible victory.

I’ll post more after our run and final training session at the gym…

Night time training was great tonight. Spencer worked his group of fighters through a couple of great Thai combinations mixing in elbows, knees and flying knees. I’m definitely going home with awesome new tricks in my bag. Afterwards Spencer sparred with the big gloves on for four five minutes rounds against a fresh guy every two and a half minutes. Moving his head very well, he was avoiding a lot of strikes and landed an awesome spinning back fist –we’ve been working on it a ton– on one of his sparring partners. It definitely rocked the guy quite a bit.

Spencer works extremely well from within the clinch so I think that’s why he’s often finding himself there during sparring. Next sparring session which will probably be on Monday night, we’re going to work more on fighting from a slightly longer range so that he will be able to land more punching –and kicking– combinations. Also if he hurts his opponent with a strike from that extended range it will be very tough for the other guy to grab onto him for safety. He’s really turning his body into his punches now and If he can put that to full use against Warburton at UFC 120. I can definitely see him ending the fight with a solid right hook.

After training Spencer and I hit the town with a few of the fighters. Just getting in the door I’m pretty tired so I think I’m going to go get some sleep…

Here’s a few short clips from our padwork. More to come…

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