Category Archives: CTTC

Cubicle to the cage Blog #13 Episode 112

Cubicle to the cage Blog #13 Episode 112 Pre Fight The hours, and eventually the minutes leading up to my first professional mixed martial arts fight were quite unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. And it was completely different than I had expected.  I had spent countless hours playing these events over and over in my mind, imagining what it would feel like and how I would react. I imagined I’d be extremely nervous and would rely on my corner men to keep me distracted and loose. I thought as the fight approached I would be either paralyzed with fear or completely amped with excitement. As it turned out, neither was true. As the hours passed and the fight neared, I could not understand were all my anxiety had gone. I was almost looking forward to the nervous butterflies invading my stomach. But,...

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Cubicle to the cage Blog #12 Episode 111

Cubicle to the cage Blog #12 Episode 111 As Extreme Cage Combat 16 approached, it appeared that only Steve Goodfellow and I would be fighting. While I was trying to focus as much on my own preparation as possible, I couldn’t help thinking about Rick. He had sacrificed more during the program than anyone. And as a result, he had changed the most as well. Rick had transformed himself fundamentally in pursuit of this goal, so, it was devastating to see him get so close to the prize, only to have it remain just beyond his reach. I felt hopeless and helpless as I saw Rick standing on the sidelines as Steve and I did our final preparations and began our weight cut. It felt very much as if we were leaving a fallen comrade behind. But, he was right there with us. He helped us...

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Cubicle to the cage Blog #11 Episode 110

  Cubicle to the cage Blog #11 Episode 110   With my fight only two months away, I was eager to get as much experience as I possibly could. I almost never missed class anymore. I took sparing matches and one-on-one classes with anyone who would give me thirty minutes of their time. I even got to spar a little with boxing coach Tyson Cave. He stuck mostly to defence and let me work my hands for a few exhausting rounds as he was preparing for an upcoming title fight. I even found a purple belt who was willing to grapple with me for an hour on New Year’s eve. Time seemed to be slipping by faster than I would have thought possible, and I was frantic to be as physically and mentally prepared as possible.  So, when Peter said he wanted for Steve Goodfellow and...

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Cubicle to the cage Blog #10 Episode 109

Cubicle to the cage Blog #10 Episode 109   Robin Black In the spirit of full disclosure, I will confess that had spoken with Robin Black about Cubicle to the Cage months before anyone ever considered him as a potential opponent for me. I was aware of his Robin Black, Cage Fighter TV series. Starting his MMA training in his late 30s, I knew his story in some ways paralleled my own. And I knew he was working as an MMA analyst and journalist. But, when I reached out to him initially, I wasn’t looking for an opponent, rather, I was looking for advice and possibly some assistance promoting the show. He was incredibly supportive and generous with his time. Even without having any official involvement with the show, he offered to make some introductions and provide any insight or advice we wanted. As the...

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Cubicle to the cage Blog #9 Episode 108

    Cubicle to the cage Blog #9 Episode 108 By the time we had reached the nine month mark in the program, there were only 13 people still training. Many of us no longer considered ourselves newbies. I personally no longer felt that I was (as one keyboard warrior recently suggested) an MMA tourist. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t walking around with my chest puffed out telling everyone, “I train UFC”. None the less, day by day, decision by decision, workout by workout, lifestyle change by lifestyle change I felt I was walking the walk. I had revamped my diet and transformed my body, as Jeremy Horne suggested, from a tub of goo to that of a reasonable athlete. I had spent months hardening my body to the point where I could endure, and even enjoy, two or more hours of intense MMA...

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Cubicle to the cage Blog #8 Episode 107

  Cubicle to the cage Blog #8 Episode 107   By the time we’d made it to the half way point of the program many of us had truly adapted to our new lifestyle. Eating healthy, abstaining from alcohol (for the most part), training hard twice a day, these were no longer difficult choices. Clean living and hard training had simply become our new way of being. We quickly learned that the price for living any other way was too great. Skip workouts and you quickly got left behind by your harder working team mates. Eat junk food or have a night out drinking and your body would fail you during training the next day. Before starting the Cubicle to the Cage program I would have a social drink any time I wanted one. Now, on the infrequent occasions I did drink alcohol,  I drank in...

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Cubicle to the cage Blog #7 Episode 106

  Cubicle to the cage Blog #6 Episode 105 A couple of days after Morteza’s fight, we were all asked to meet Peter at the Halifax Ale House where he worked. The Ale House sits on Citadel Hill, one of Halifax’s highest points. Atop Citadel Hill sits 250 year old Fort George, built by the British to protect them from French attack during the 7 years war. One of the fort’s key defences is the incredibly steep slopes that protect it from every angle. An attacking force would have to climb, at times on hands and knees, up a 100 to 200 meter grass hill before reaching the fortified walls. We knew Peter liked to have his fighters sprint the hill, sometimes carrying heavy bags, or each other, so we were ready for a very very tough night of training. But, as any good coach would...

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Cubicle to the cage Blog #6 Episode 105

  Cubicle to the cage Blog #6 Episode 105   The night we received our DRAKO sparing gear was definitely a pivotal moment in the program. Up to that point we’d been using borrowed gear or stinky, disgusting club gear that was too repulsive to describe. To now have shiny new shin guards and boxing gloves, mouth guards and head gear, we were able to take the meager striking skills we were taught and begin using them in actual sparring. And as with receiving the rash guards and shorts a few weeks before, receiving the sparing gear was a sign. Many of us felt the gear was a reward for the hard work we’d put in so far. So when the doors opened and we saw all that shiny new DRAKO equipment, we were overjoyed. Sebastian O’Malley summed it up best when he said it felt...

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Cubicle to the cage Blog #5 Episode 104

 Cubicle to the cage Blog #5 Episode 104 “If you can survive the first two or three months of MMA training you’ll be fine.” That’s what professional mixed martial artist and TITAN stalwart, Jeremy Josey told me first when I approached Peter about wanting to start training MMA. And he was right. At the two month mark, many of us started to feel a change. I’m not sure if it was a physical or mental change. Certainly there was a physical component. For those of us who had endured the two plus months of intense conditioning, I think we were all in perhaps the best cardiovascular shape of our lives. Bumps and bruises aside, we were far stronger, faster and better conditioned than we had been coming into the program. But we were mentally stronger as well… or so we thought. The daily grind had...

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Cubicle to the cage Blog #4 Episode 103

Cubicle to the cage Blog #4 Episode 103 MMA Behind the Scenes   Before beginning training, Peter wanted us to take a good hard look at what we were getting ourselves into. So he invited us to shadow several of the pro fighters at an event being held by his Extreme Cage Combat (ECC) promotion. Getting an opportunity to hangout backstage, in the locker room and cage side during an MMA event was an honor, a privilege … and an eye opening experience. First and foremost I was struck by how differently each fighter prepared themselves for their fight. Any fighter about to step in to the cage, has likely invested years of training, months of conditioning and fight preparation, weeks of dieting and mental preparation. They  have also taxed their body and brain with a 10 to 20 pound weight cut in the 48...

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