It’s been a crazy couple of weeks between having a pretty extensive surgery on my knee, the opening of my gym and the opening of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, but things have calmed down and I’m back to my blog. Speaking of that surgery, is there anything worse for an energetic person than to have their physical activity limited during their recovery? I think that’s been the hardest thing for me, but it’s going toward better body performance, and that’s what counts the most.
My knee ended up requiring quite a bit more work than we thought, mainly due to some loose foreign bodies (bits of bone) that were floating around the area. I had a partially torn meniscus, two fractures, and some ligament issues, so there was quite a bit of work to be done, but my physician, Dr. Steve Mora, did a fantastic job. I can’t thank him enough for getting me sorted on such short notice.
For the first few days after the surgery, my knee was absolute agony, but the swelling’s gone down now, and I’ve already started moving around a bit easier. I’ve officially started my rehab phase with the O.C. Fight Doc, Dr. William Kessler, and the main goal in this first few days is to get some movement back in my leg, as well as full extension. For a long time, I haven’t been able to fully extend my leg, so it’s gonna be so nice to do that again.
I’ll admit, it’s been difficult to take things easy. I mean, right now, I’m lounging in my underpants in the sunshine with bag gloves on because I sneaked in some heavy bag work (don’t worry, no bouncing around, just keeping my feet still and punching). I did some light stretching afterward and sit-ups, and now I’m trying to figure out ways to get in a little more body work. I’m thinking sometime in May or June, I’ll be ready to step back in there and take #YoelRomero’s head off, and if not his, then somebody else’s.
Speaking of Romero, I was watching him with my son last night, and to be quite honest, I’m not impressed with him at all. I mean, the guy is a physical specimen, he’s a beast, he’s very, very strong and all the rest of it, but I think he’s very beatable.
Chris Weidman started really well, but was getting predictable as the fight wore on by going for the single leg over and over, but I know if he’d mixed it up better, he probably wouldn’t have walked into a flying knee. It was a nicely timed flying knee, but if it weren’t for so many single leg attempts, it wouldn’t have happened.
As far as Yoel’s striking … of course he’s got great punching power, but I think if I fight my fight, I win it all day. We don’t allow him to cheat in between rounds (staying on the stool and dumping water on himself), which he’s been doing in his last several fights. We keep him from doing that, and I take him out in the later rounds. I truly believe that.
He’s on Twitter talking shit already, but he can’t even speak the language, let alone talk shit. It’s going to be a very easy, one-way street—basically an annihilation in the trash talking department without his puppet master (creepy interpreter) pulling his strings, giving him lines and feeding him steroids. I’m definitely going to have a lot of fun with it because there’s so much material to work with.
The guy’s a steroid cheat … just a disgrace of a human being. I will be going after him with both barrels fully loaded. I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.