Austin Hubbard welcomes the unpredictable

Austin Hubbard welcomes the unpredictable

“Yeah. I don’t know if I’d call it a call,” he laughed. “It sucks. You could be on top throughout training camp, have all the best workouts, and then fight night comes and sometimes you just can’t seem to organize yourself the way you should and that’s just the name of the game, actually, sometimes I’m sure all of us as fighters experience. this to one degree or another I know I’ve experienced it many times and in some cases I’m lucky enough to come out and win, and others I’ve lost. .

During a career in which he compiled a professional record of 16-7, there were ups and downs, but he never let the downs take him too low. And he’s never lost two in a row, which — if you subscribe to MMA math — bodes well for his comeback Saturday against Michal Figlak.

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And while getting back into the UFC win column for the first time since picking Dakota Bush in April 2021 is pretty solid motivation, he’s got more than that, as he and his wife Chelsea await the finish of their daughter in June. That made camp in Colorado more difficult since family is back in Illinois, but Hubbard is willing to make that sacrifice.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s definitely added a lot more spark to my focus and my motivation and all those kinds of things,” he said. “I’m taking some time away from my family and my pregnant wife, so I want to make sure it’s worth it. Honestly, in those times when you’re training hard and things get tough and you want to do a little break, I just say to myself, my daughter needs you to be strong, and that gives me the little push I need until a strong finish.

It’s in a combative sense. In life, Hubbard has already left his mark, not only on his family, but also on those around him, and some who don’t even know him personally but are inspired by his story.


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