He flew to Brazil, took the fight and, in less than three minutes, won his first UFC victory and a performance bonus overnight. This victory changed his career in more ways than one. On the positive side, he secured his place on the list. On the negative side, this tarnished its edge.
“I think the problem is that I stopped getting nervous,” said Spicely, who was 1-3 in his next four octagon bouts and was cut before two wins on the circuit. bring him back to the UFC. “I almost rested on this laurel:” Okay, I beat Thiago Santos then I beat Alessio Di Chirico. And honestly, I was no longer afraid and I think it was something missing because as soon as I left the UFC and I was back on the regional scene, I felt these feelings again nerves. I was afraid and I felt like I had all these doubts. ”
“I still have it?”
“Can I participate?”
“Can I do this?”
Yes, yes and yes. And that’s why he’s back in the big show. But admitting that he needs these nerves and these doubts is an honest answer from an honest fighter.
“If you look at all these very successful guys, Donald Cerrone talks about how sick he is when he wants to go out and fight,” said Spicely. “And it’s true and it’s something I lost and something I had in every fight leading to the UFC, most of my UFC fights, and once I started to to succeed, I sort of got away from that. Even in training, I think the worst thing you can do is think, “ I’m going to crush this guy. ” This is how I changed my way of thinking and I translated not only to be nervous and not efficient, but nervous and efficient. at my best. “
And once he got this call to start walking again, the goals are clear.
“Right now, I just have to get back on track and win,” said Spicely. “I’m 2-5 in the UFC, I haven’t won a fight in the UFC since 2017, so my goal is only to win the next one and build it from there. I know what I’m capable of, I know how I do in the gym, and even my last fight with six days’ notice, I was able to show what I’m really capable of. I want to keep my job and I think I can do a race and do well with many of the best contenders in the division. But I don’t like to look too far because I’m going to get distracted. I’m too careful not to take it a hundred percent as serious as I can and I just want to do everything right because that’s what I love, it’s what sets my soul on fire, and I would like to continue to fight and live the life I live and entertain the fans. “
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