It’s a little nerve racking to have your first MMA fight—hell, I’m sure it’s nerve racking to have your tenth fight. I think the hardest thing to do before a fight is to control your mind. Our fears start to take control and we start getting visions of defeat, embarrassment, then we start questioning our heart and our skills. It’s natural.
It’s very important to address those fears, but then let them go. Don’t torture yourself with what might be.
One of the students at West Side (Grayson Greener) has taken a fight—I think he’s a little nervous, but I was watching his interaction with the other guys at the school when he told them that he would be fighting this Friday. They were very supportive. They were assuring. They expressed their confidence in his skills, and they volunteered to help.
Your gym is important as a support system. They will support you, push you, give you advice, corner you, remind you of how good you are. They will always help you down play your fears. They will be proud of you and admire you for stepping into the cage. They are your fight family and they will be there for you, win or lose.
Yes, it’s nerve racking to fight, but you’re not alone, you have a family, a crew, that will help you. You have prepared, you are ready, the only thing left to do is to fight.