Garett Whiteley Says MMA Saved Him From a Bad Path
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.09.2013
He fights tonight at UFC Fight Night 29…
- Garett Whiteley recently spoke about how MMA saved him and more. Here are the highlights…
On Fighting in Brazil: "This traveling and stuff doesn't bother me at all. I'm still in the military and we travel all the time to different places. So this is old news for me, just the travel. I feel real comfortable, and everything feels right. This is the fun part for me. The fight's the fun part, and everything else is the hard part. I would put money on me."
On Training With Chris Lytle: "The reason I love Chris is, he fights the fight he wants to fight," Whiteley said. "That's what he's told me. We've planned and looked at some stuff about my opponent, but Chris said, 'After all is said and done, you still have to go out and fight the way you fight.' I think that's the best advice he's given me. You can't plan too much. You just need to go out and do it."
On Getting Into MMA: "I wasn't even planning on fighting when I started – I was just going in to train and see how I liked (training)," he said. "I trained for six or seven months and went to the fights with the guys I trained with and got to see them fight and win and be successful – knowing I can hang with those guys in the gym. I started looking for a fight, and the rest is history."
On MMA Saving Him: "I have some anxiety issues. I don't really like being in big crowds. It's stuff a lot of guys deal with when they come back. You get a little bit of a short fuse and you get angry easier, it just seems like," he said. "Mixed martial arts, I really feel like it saved me because I was going down a bad path. I wasn't dealing with it. You get camaraderie in the gym like you do when you're overseas and it gives you that edge and that excitement you miss. I credit MMA for pulling me out of that hole and helping me."