What It’s ACTUALLY Like To FIGHT In A CAGE

March 19, 2019

Everyone’s experience is different. This is my brutally honest experience of fighting in a cage.

Imagine yourself in the following scenario to really get a feel for what it’s like:

8 to 12 weeks out and your opponent is confirmed. Training immediately gets more serious. A rigid training plan is needed. Gone are the training sessions just for the fun of it. You will need to seek out training partners that will push you and coaches that will help you to push yourself even harder than previous fights. You may even need to travel for your training camp. Every time you hit the punch bag or go for a run, you’ll imagine that your opponent is working harder.

More than likely you will over train at some stage. It will be a major juggle attempting to work on your boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and ju-jitsu as well as your strength and conditioning. Your weight is an issue and you’ll need to immediately start tapering down your body fat and reducing your food intake. God help you if you are trying to also hold down a full-time job. Your productivity will take a nose dive because you’ll simply be too drained. Your eyes will be glazed over and you’ll suffer from brain fog. Crankiness levels go through the roof. You become very narcissistic. I have to drink water now. I have to eat now, train now, rest now. It’s endless. Your poor suffering life partner will attempt to talk to you about day to day subjects but you won’t be able to concentrate on any of it. You won’t want to talk about your upcoming fight either because that brings on the nerves. You will attempt to avoid your basic chores because it could use up energy needed for training. You could pick up an injury taking the bins out. What friends and what socialising? They simply don’t exist or happen.

Every other area of your life feels like it’s falling apart. This whole experience continues to increase each week closer and closer to the fight. You’ll be more worried about the weighing scales than your fight. You’ll drive yourself mad running the scenarios and strategies in your mind. Each waking thought becomes about the event. Why did you agree to do it? The self-doubt is ever present. This is miserable and not fun anymore. Even though experience has taught you that pre-fight nerves always affect your last official training camp sparring session, it will still affect your confidence when you under perform. You won’t consume much food during the final week of preparation. The final 48hours will be spent fasting and shedding excess water through the use of a sauna and cardio exercise.

Weigh in day finally arrives. Thank Christ. You simply need the scales to measure the same as your own. You’ll need to do a face to face square up with your opponent and then you can eat. You’ll drive yourself mad trying to think about how you should play the stand-off. Should you try to intimidate your opponent, entertain the audience or simply act dismissively? It will feel different in reality anyway. Right, you now need to rehydrate and eat. It’s very easy to overdo the eating at this stage and it could leave you very bloated for the fight. Discipline is needed but you’ll still overdo it. Now you need a good night’s sleep but your mind will continue running scenarios.

Fight day arrives and the nerves make it hard to eat breakfast. You’ll need to have a few snacks throughout the day because it’s an evening event. You’ll sense any and all nerves from your loved ones, training partners and coaches. You’ll read into the meaning of their nerves. Avoid your phone at all costs because well intentioned friends could be looking for last minute tickets or to offer you their words of encouragement that won’t actually help.

You’ll be expected at the arena several hours beforehand. There could be a fighters meeting to go over the rules. There’s a lot of waiting around and time moves slowly, especially because you want to get it over and done with at this stage. It would suck to have any contact with your opponent or his/her crew. Major awkward and potential for either side to do some last minute intimidating. Unless you are MMA royalty, you’ll have a shared warm up room. Even non opponents will look at you threateningly. Their nerves are at them too although you’ll feel yours are showing more.

Fights before you will come and go and you’ll attempt to avoid using unnecessary energy but you will hope that your warm up room is the lucky one with the most wins. If you have any team mates that fight and win, it will add pressure for you to do the same. If they lose, it will add pressure for you to get a win. Do you do too big a warm up and risk using energy needed for the fight or do you under warm up and risk starting cold? It all depends on whether you are a slow or fast starter, too aggressive or under aggressive, have fast twitch or slow twitch muscle fibres. Hopefully at this stage you do know yourself. The hand wraps feel too tight and it won’t be possible to redo them. You can’t believe they are short of 4 ounce MMA gloves and you have to use a pair from a previous fight.  It would be great if the electricity went out in the arena so the event would be cancelled and you could get out of the fight without losing face.

You’re told you are up next and the full adrenaline dump hits the stomach. Is there time for a last minute pee? You’re on the move to the cage. It’s great to be second to enter so that you don’t have to endure your opponent’s walk in and music. Last second checks by the officials before entering the cage. Of course you haven’t forgotten your mouth piece or groin guard! They are your only protection in the cage and you’ve lived in them for the last 2 months. This all seems like a dream right now anyway. You would be floating only for the fact you can’t forget about the consequences. You give your 3 corner crew a hug as if to say goodbye and into the cage you go. You follow whatever superstitious ritual you’ve developed. The cage is locked. The ref calls you to the centre for what feels like a pointless exercise. Do you stare down? Do you touch gloves? More unnecessary thoughts. Okay, you’re back at your corner and the referee says ‘FIGHT!’

It’s on! Game plan out the window as you rush forward. Your thought process is fighting to stay in conscious thought but this isn’t an everyday situation. Your fine motor skills don’t exist anymore. It’s all gross motor skills but the good news is that you don’t feel any pain from some of the strikes. There are no sharp sensations. It’s all dull but heavy thuds. If feels like you’re operating on some type of animal instinct level. Wait. Why the hell have your forearms just seized up? This has never happened in training. The lactic acid due to adrenaline is vicious but it won’t last long, as long as you keep going. Breathing is the same. Getting your second wind is confidence shaking as you’ll worry it won’t come and that the initial shock to your lungs is going to stay. The fight goes back and forth with moments you feel frustrated and others you feel you have the advantage. Win, lose or draw, it’s all over and there’s a massive sense of relief. No matter which way it went, you feel that you didn’t get to really show your full potential and you aren’t happy with your performance. You say a few words on the mic if required and the main objective is to not sound like an idiot. Open that cage door and let you the hell out. When you are rushed by your loved ones you can really sense how nervous they were for you. You feel dirty with blood and sweat which isn’t just your own. You will greet your opponent after the fight and your relationship will be totally different and without any bravado. The rest of the night will fly in and you’ll sleep the most soundly you’ve slept in weeks. Initially you’ll find it hard to remember all of the details from the fight but as the dust settles over the few days following the fight, you will recollect more. It’ll be hard to adjust back to the way your life was before the fight and you may even feel like you have a mild version of PTSD. The fight will feel like it emotionally broke you and you’ll only have one question in your mind. When can you do it all again?!  

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3 SUCCESS Books You MUST Read!

March 12, 2019

From a very early age I’ve always read non-fiction. Books about business, finance and self-development have always topped my list and I’ve gotten through a lot of them over the years. It’s very hard to whittle down to only 3 of my top recommendations but I think these 3 books are essential reading if you have any interest in creating more success in your life. The first one is mainly about increasing your chances of increasing your income. My second recommendation is about keeping more of the income you earn. The third book I’m going to recommend isn’t about business or finance at all really. It’s about living a happy and successful life, in balance with all your other goals and aspirations.

If you have already read all three of these books, then well done. Maybe you’ll benefit from this quick reminder. If you haven’t read all three, the following is a brief synopsis of each book and a link to each one. I would also love to hear about your own top 3 success book recommendations.

Right. Here goes:

  • ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ By Robert Kiyosaki

 ‘What the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not’. It’s hard to believe that this book is 22 years old. It has sold over 58 million copies so there’s a very good chance you’ve already read this one. It’s a book about personal finance, entrepreneurship, business, investing and economics. ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ uses Robert Kiyosaki’s personal story to show the reader the importance of increasing your financial intelligence. This book advocates being a business owner and investor and building wealth through investing in assets. Oprah Winfrey endorsed this book on her show which helped to catapult its popularity. If this book is good enough for media mogul Oprah, then it’s good enough for us to read. ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ isn’t a be all and end all book. It definitely doesn’t hold all the answers but it will get you asking the right questions.

Top lesson learnt: Most people work to live and purchase non essentials but the rich invest in income producing assets so that they don’t have to work.

‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad ‘ is available here: https://amzn.to/2VQnzNe

  • ‘The Millionaire Next Door’ by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

‘The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy’.

I found this to be a surprisingly interesting book. The statistics contained in it might be a bit dated now but they still emphasise the same important lessons. This is a book about frugality. It’s about not wasting money. Half the lessons about gaining wealth are actually about not wasting any of it. Save as much as possible and invest back into income creating assets. It turns out that our pre conceived notions of millionaires are actually incorrect. They don’t live the lavish lifestyles of our dreams. They live relatively normal looking lives and they could be living in the house next door to you. If you want to justify why you hate spending money or you simply want to see that you are already living the same standard (or above) lifestyle as a millionaire, this is the book for you.

Top lesson learnt: People who look rich may not actually be rich and those who don’t look rich could be!

‘The Millionaire Next Door’ is available here: https://amzn.to/2tZT8Ie

  • ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma

‘A fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny’.

My first 2 book recommendations were very much about getting on your feet financially. I feel this book recommendation ensures that you balance out your life and don’t simply get lost in the chase for the cash. At first I found it cheesy but ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ actually manages to wrap up the fundamentals of a happy, healthy and wealthy life in one, easy to read story. This book will definitely have you reflecting on your life choices and what’s really important to you.  

Top lesson learnt: Spend more time creating a life instead of just making a living.

‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ is available here: https://amzn.to/2XOBTay

I always have my notebook beside me when I’m reading a book that I think I’ll get something out of. If the book motivates me to jot down some thoughts or spurs me into some type of action then it’s a good book. Reading is the very best way of continuing your lifelong education. For those with long commutes, audio books are superb.  

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Robert Devane is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional MMA fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience.

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Get Your CONFIDENCE Back!

March 5, 2019

Was there a time in your life when you felt you had more confidence? When you walked taller and prouder and you felt that you had the world at your feet? Maybe you didn’t even realise that you were confident. It’s like when you look back at old pictures and realise that you did look better than you felt at the time. Get your confidence back with these twenty steps.

Roundhouse Rob, the Success Sensei is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional mma fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience. Line up and get your mind fighting fit.

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It’s NOT About Who’s Right, It’s About Who’s Left! - #SS18

February 26, 2019

The Success Sensei - Episode 18

It's NOT About Who's Right, It's About Who's Left!

Concentrating on your own path and staying the course is the name of the game :) How do you do that? Listen on :)

Roundhouse Rob, the Success Sensei is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional mma fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience. Line up and get your mind fighting fit.

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13 LIFE LESSONS From Training With The Best Fighters In The World - #SS17

February 19, 2019

The Success Sensei - Episode 17

13 LIFE LESSONS From Training With The Best Fighters In The World.

What I have learnt from training with some of the biggest name fighters out there and how you can you apply it to your life.

Roundhouse Rob, the Success Sensei is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional mma fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience. Line up and get your mind fighting fit.

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SS16 Be A GREAT Coach To Those Around You

February 13, 2019

The Success Sensei - Episode 16 - Be A GREAT Coach To Those Around You - We are all teachers and coaches to family and friends at some stage in our and their lives. This is how you deliver those lessons as effectively as possible.

Roundhouse Rob, the Success Sensei is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional mma fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience. Line up and get your mind fighting fit.

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SS15 Get RICH Slow And Don’t Buy Into The FALSE Dream

February 6, 2019

The Success Sensei - Episode 15 - Get RICH Slow And Don't Buy Into The FALSE Dream. Forget 'Get Rich Quick' schemes. Getting Rich Slow is the new cool. Safer, more practical and a higher statistic to succeed. Stop chasing false dreams that could be hindering your success. If you weren't born rich then this is the episode for you.

Roundhouse Rob, the Success Sensei is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional mma fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience. Line up and get your mind fighting fit.

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SS14 If You’re CONSUMING Then You’re Not PRODUCING

January 30, 2019

The Success Sensei - Episode 14 - If You're Consuming Then You're Not Producing. Let's get more ideas out there. Let's get more projects completed. Let's increase our achievements. Let's strive for success in all areas of our lives. We need to consume less of other people's information and start producing more of our own. There are loads of plans, goals, ideas and stories in you. We'll talk about the sneaky consumption that makes us procrastinate.

Roundhouse Rob, the Success Sensei is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional mma fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience. Line up and get your mind fighting fit.

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SS13 EAT Your Way To SUCCESS

January 23, 2019

The Success Sensei - Episode 13 - Eat Your Way To SUCCESS.You can do it. Keep it simple and STOP setting yourself up for a fall by over complicating it. Healthy eating will help your health, wealth and happiness :)

Roundhouse Rob, the Success Sensei is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional mma fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience. Line up and get your mind fighting fit.

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SS12 VISUALISE Your Way To SUCCESS

January 16, 2019

The Success Sensei - Episode 12 - Visualise Your Way To Success.You MUST be able to see it before you achieve it. Visualisation helps you pinpoint your life goals and programs your mind like a heat seeking missile. Powerful stuff.

Roundhouse Rob, the Success Sensei is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional mma fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience. Line up and get your mind fighting fit.

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