It was a great weekend in Vernon for XFC 9, my Wand FightTeam teammate Bill Fraser was successful in his return to the ring after a 2 year layoff. He was well prepared for his fight having just spent the last 6 months in Vegas living at the fight team house and training daily with some amazing fighters including Wanderlei Silva, Sidney Silva,Vitor Vianna and Micheal Costa. His hard work paid off in the second round when he was awarded a victory due to doctor stoppage. His opponent had attempted a leg kick midway through the first round when Bill stopped it with an aggressive check, which apparently broke his opponents ankle. It mayt not have been the way Bill planned to win but as the saying goes, "They don't ask how, they ask how many." It was a particularily sweet experience for me, as it was a chance to meld my home gym, the Comox Valley Boxing Club with Wand FightTeam Myself and our head coach, the one and only Mr. Johnny Mac, had the opportunity to corner Bill and assist him in his victory. It reminds me of one of the best things about being a fighter, which is the fact that we are involved in a sport filled with great people. I've met some of my best friends through MMA and I'm sure I'll have the chance to meet many more. As someone said to me recently, the odds are pretty high that if you've met a solid person, that persons associates with are probably quality people as well. Fortunately MMA is filled with solid people, I'm not sure if this is because of some of the characteristics required to be successful in combat sports, i.e. dilligence, a great work ethic and a passion for what you do, but I certainly feel lucky to have found it.

As for myself my next bout is in about 4 1/2 weeks at Honour Combat Championships which will take place May 21st at the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver. I'm feeling great and everything seems to be on track physically. During this camp my intention is to really target the holes in my game so I can be confident no matter where the fight goes. One thing about working on your weaknesses is that its never boring. While it can be frustrating to have to work very hard on something you don't feel naturally good at, there's nothing like those times when you make a breakthrough and can suddenly and seamlessly integrate a new move or technique into your repertoire. I'm very fortunate as well for the fact that Bill is going to be staying with me for the next 6 weeks.  We can train together, as he has accepted a fight in the next XFC event in Prince George, B.C. That along with the fact that my other 185lb Wand FightTeam teammate, Mike Hackert, will likely be fighting on that card as well will make for a great camp. Half of the challenge in preparing for a fight is having people around who are willing to put in the time with you, be it sparring, rolling or hitting pads. It is very difficult to fight alone. It also doesn't hurt to try to outdo one another. That way when you feel like you got hit by a truck and you aren't allowed to take in an adequate amount of calories for fear of gaining weight you still pretend you feel better than your friend. I guess more simply put misery loves company.


Nathan Swayze