Pat Curran Battled Depression and Thoughts of Retirement Following Title Loss to Daniel Straus
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.11.2014
He had a rough time…
- Pat Curran recently spoke about his emotional state following is title loss to Daniel Straus. Here are the highlights…
On His Thoughts After The Loss to Daniel Straus: "I was at that point where I was considering moving back in with my parents. I didn't know what I wanted and didn't know if I wanted to keep pursuing my dream of being an MMA fighter, so I pretty much fell out of love with the sport. I wasn't enjoying myself. I wasn't enjoying my life, and when you get to that point ,you have to find a way around that. I got the point where maybe MMA wasn't for me and I had to find something else."
On How He Felt Going Into The Loss: "The past couple years have been really weighing on me, especially leading into my last fight. I had that mentality that I was ready to lose. I didn't want to keep pursuing MMA. I thought about quitting. I just wasn't happy with the way things were in my life, and I just didn't want it anymore. That was my mindset in my last fight. I got to the point where I was just not really listening to anybody," Curran said. "I was running my own training, and if I felt like taking a day or two off, I would."
On Looking Back on The Loss: "I didn't watch it for a long time just because I knew it wasn't me," Curran said. "I know how I was feeling during that fight, and I just wasn't in it. When I say I'm not in it, I mean like a cloud. It's really hard to explain. It was almost like a fog, and I just wasn't thinking correctly. With all the personal issues adding up over time, it really affected me for my training camp and in that fight."
On Seeking Help From a Professional: "I was at the point where I didn't want to fight anymore, so that was my last chance to go and seek help," Curran said. "I finally saw a doctor, and he prescribed certain medication that has helped me get through my depression and anxiety. Just recently in the last month or two, I've really made a huge difference in my life and just my training in general. I'm a lot more focused now and a lot happier. Everything with my anxiety and my training is going great. I'm feeling great, and this is what needed to happen."
On His Feelings Heading Into The Rematch: "This has been the best training camp I've ever had by far, and this is a complete 180 from my other training camps," Curran said. "Jeff helps so much mentally, and mental is the biggest part of the fight game. It's pretty much all mental, and right now, I'm 100 percent there. For this fight, mentally, I've already won. I already have this fight won."
On The Critics: "The critics don't really bother me, but at the same time, I'm taking that as fuel and fire," Curran said. "I love proving people wrong and being the underdog. So when everyone says I don't deserve this, I'm going to show you I deserve this, and I'm going to kill him on Friday night."