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Been getting in some good training with some really tough guys; I just got through sparring with Luis Vega, Joe Rodriguez, Dee Jay Fuentes, Rocky Long, Luis Rubalcava, Julio Viramontes, and young up-and-comer Rolando Abundis. The most important part of training is the ability to train at a high level with trustworthy individuals: people that will make you work without trying to rip your head off in the process. These guys have been exceptional and are very much appreciated.
As a fighter, fear plays a large part in my life and is the driving force behind my training: the fear of failure, letting friends down, getting knocked out, and not making weight. These are what push me to work hard. It's always in the back if my mind, nibbling away at my psyche. I know that somewhere out there, there is a guy training to physically hurt me. Luckily, I've learned to harness that fear and use it as fuel to push myself hard and not give up. Historically, I have not fared well against Brazillians so I'm working harder than ever to change that. For the first time in a long time, I have a great supporting cast and I honestly believe that I will take this title home.
I've come too far to succumb to fear. This July 19th, I will come home a champion and put all doubts and fears to rest for good.