John Makdessi Says He Doesn't Do Training Camps
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.31.2014
He's always preparing...
John Makdessi recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Alan Patrick at UFC 169. Check out the highlights:
On his training regimen after he's offered a fight: "That's when I get more intense and more concentrated and focused on the preparation...The thing for me is [MMA is] not a sometimes thing. I don't do any training camps. I train when I feel like it because every day I wake up tired and busted up, and I have to diet and cut weight. Maybe a couple days I don't feel like training, but at the end of the day, I don't go with how I feel. I go with my goals and what drives me. And what drives me is to leave a legacy behind."
On aches and pains in training: "I'm more comfortable with being uncomfortable. I do a lot of mental training; I find that mentality is more important than physical training."
On his focus: "When you strive for perfection, you're striving for excellence. Every day, it's a mental thing. When you strive to be the best, I'm always be my worst critic. I always want to work hard and keep pushing myself to the limits and see where I can take myself."
On not overthinking his opponents: "I don't really think much of any fight. I let my trainer tell me which department he's slacking on, and I capitalize. I let my trainers worry about what my opponent is going to do."
On hoping Patrick engages with him: "I think I showcased in my last two fights that it takes two guys to fight. God willing, hopefully everything goes according to plan. My fights are very entertaining and exciting to watch."
On his mental preparation: "People see the fight, but people don't see the process. Every day, I struggle with myself, and the training and the fighting is an every day thing."