Jan
14

UFC 120 Training Camp Journal – Day 43 – “Weigh-In Day!”

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I couldn’t sleep last night!

Countless thoughts rushed through my head for hours on end; about the upcoming fight, the weigh-ins today and a bunch of other stuff. Sometimes I really hate how over-analytical my brain is. Great for some things but bad for others, I always over think –to say the least– the things that interest me and under think many other things regardless if they are important or not. I guess I just want to see Spencer to do very well tomorrow. He definitely deserves it.

With Spencer still having to cut about five pounds this morning, he, Eric, Reggie and I hit the workout room. After a few rounds on the pads Spencer broke a good sweat and begin to cut some water weight. We ended up doing pad work for a while, this time with Spencer wearing MMA gloves so that he and I could get used to the change in punching range and the increased hand speed that comes with wearing 4 ounce gloves instead of the much bigger types.

Following that, we headed to the gym next door to cut the final three or four pounds.

After spending equal amounts of time running on the treadmill, sitting in the sauna and burning up inside another “mummy” wrap –we covered him in towels from head to toe to keep the heat in– he got it done.

Checking the scale it read 156.6 lbs!

He was pretty drained after it all but somehow still remained in a good mood. By the time he steps on the scale –in a few hours– in front of the rabid fight fans at the UFC Fan Expo his weight should be right on the money.

We rushed back to our hotel just in time to meet up with the other fighters and catch the shuttle to the venue where the weigh-in was taking place. It seems that the way the roads are in London, it takes an incredibly long time to get anyplace by car. It took us at least thirty minutes to arrive at our destination even though the place wasn`t that far in terms of distance.

We entered the building through a back door which placed us someplace behind a curtain that led to the main stage. A bunch of chairs were lined up for the fighters, their corner men and UFC staff to use. A large television screen was in place so that we all could see what was happening on the main stage.

As we were taking our seats, Dana White was on stage addressing a huge crowd during a Q & A period at the UFC fan expo. Some people asked really good, thought provoking questions while a few others were shamelessly begging for free tickets to the upcoming event; it was entertaining and a little bit annoying at the same time. What`s for certain is that Dana has really become masterful in answering MMA and UFC related questions. He did an awesome job.

Immediately after Dana left the stage, they wasted little time as Joe Rogan blasted the crowd with an energetic introduction of the UFC’s biggest names. His list included Dana White of course, match maker Joe Silva, Bruce Buffer, Mike Goldberg and several others. After that, each fighter weighed in, flexed to the crowd and then positioned themselves for their pre-fight stare down. Being the second fight on the card, Spencer weighed in early. 155lbs! He made it and we were all very excited and relieved that one hurdle had been overcome; in just under six weeks he had managed to drop from one hundred and eighty three pounds to one hundred and fifty-five pounds. Wow!

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Immediately he downed a monstrous bottle containing gatorade powder mixed with water to replenish himself. Once we got back to our hotel, a large group of us travelled together to a Brazilian Steakhouse for dinner. Last time I was at one of those restaurants was during my trip to Brazil back in the summer of 2004 and being at this one reminded me of how much I had loved it back then. From the fried bananas to the endless amounts of barbecued meat that the servers had brought to us throughout the evening, it was all really good. Spencer ate a bit too much over a short period of time and ended up not feeling very well on the trip back to our hotel.

Spencer and his wife Emily, who had arrived in London earlier today, went to sleep a few hours ago. Eric and I travelled down the street to the same pub –called the Hammersmith Ram– that we hung out at a few days earlier. With the fight’s coming up tomorrow, I drank one glass of coke and we stuck around the place for about an hour or so. There was free wireless internet access there, so Eric took advantage of that with his IPhone.

Back at the hotel now, I’m typing in the dark and ready to get some sleep.

Tomorrow is the big day! I’m so excited that I`m smiling as I type this.

Good night!

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  1. Lance Campbell says:

    Thanks Jeff. There was lots of good reading in your “fight camp” blog. It was nice to get an idea of how the training went.

    I watched Kurt Warburton’s fight videos a while before the fight. I thought he was really strong and had a wild looping punching style. But during the fight he looked much more technical than I remember him being. Were you surprised at all with Warburton, or did he fight how you thought he would?

    Anyhow…thanks again for the blog.

    • Jeff Joslin says:

      Thanks Lance, glad you’re liking the posts.

      Your right and I too thought that Kurt would come out swinging more wildly. He didn’t seem to want to punch at all with Spencer instead trying to kick from a distance and force the clinch to take the fight to the ground. He did very well in the first round and was very physically strong. I look forward to seeing him fight again as he is very tough and seems like a nice guy as well.

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