The Finishing Touches for UFC 118
The fights on Saturday night were truly outstanding. Roy Nelson showed tremendous heart in his battle against Junior Dos Santos, the best boxer in the heavyweight division. Clay Guida, in wining his second fight in a row continues to show improvements, especially with his footwork. John Fitch is back in the title picture, beating a very resilient Thiago Alves. Anderson Silva is a champion’s champion, coming back in the final minutes from a fight he was losing. Amazing performance by Chael Sonnen and hopefully a rematch will happen down the road. The excitement generated by UFC 117 will make UFC 118 in Boston on August 28 an even bigger event.
Today, I headed out to Montreal to finish off the intense part of my training camp. Instead of flying, I prefer to drive as it is relaxing. I am working with GSP, Miguel Torres, Rory McDonald and the Montreal Wrestling Club. In addition, I will be able to spend significant time with my striking coach, Firas Zahabi and my strength conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimberg.
For this camp, I have been going back and forth between Montreal and Boston. Here I am working intensively with my brother Keith on all aspects of the game at Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline and training boxing with Peter Welch at his gym in South Boston. A new addition to my team for this fight is Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning in Woburn. They have been a tremendous resource for me.
I usually take a week off from training after a fight. After my last fight against Gomi I went to vacation in the Caribbean and developed a staph infection on my knee around the 3rd day there. Fortunately, I was able to procure antibiotics, but the pain was intense. When I returned home, I needed to have surgery and spent a week in the hospital. Not exactly the type of vacation I wanted, but I received great care and the situation was a 100% taken care of.
Between fights I am fortunate to have many exciting opportunities to do broadcasting gigs, conduct seminars and make other appearances. Even when I am doing extensive travel, I strive to maintain a significant level of training as this provides a high base to work off of when I formally start my fight camps. This is something I always admired about GSP – no matter how busy or what the temptations are, when he is on the road, he always gets his training in. About eight weeks before a fight, I generally reframe from outside appearances to completely focus on my training.
Posted on Sunday, August 8th, 2010 in Kenny's Blog.
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