Sept 2012: For this fight our game plan was to kick more and move. In my previous fights I probably punched a lot more, but we knew my opponent was big on the hands, so we thought to counter that, I should not try to stand and trade, but instead use my legs more and move. But being that this was only my third time in the ring, it hadn’t yet occurred to me, that when your trainers says to do more of something, it doesn’t mean don’t do other things as well haha…so I spent a lot of this fight trying to stop myself from wanting to punch instead of letting my hands go and then following with kicks…. lesson learnt as this turned out to be my first (and so far only) 8 count i’ve had put on me.
Bridie hit me flush hard in the face with a right in the 3rd round. It was a clean and hard punch by Bridie. This was the first time i’ve experienced a concussion in a fight. I couldn’t work out why the ref (Brad Vocale) was standing in front of me….he was putting a count on me and I was thinking, why are you over here? what happened?
I couldn’t work it out. I got back to my feet and continued the fight. I couldn’t hear anything and I was seeing stars – like lots of little white light spots and everything was blurry. I continued to fight the rest of the round as if I was extremely drunk. I kept moving, but my legs kept giving way on me each time I moved. I couldn’t seem to get my feet back under me.
It’s strange what goes through your head at times like this…all I was thinking was “oh wow, this is what it feels like” I wasn’t focused on anything except being amazed and interested in what this was feeling like!
As soon as the bell rang at the end the fight, the first thing that immediately came out of my mouth, I said to Bridie…”what was that? What did you get me with?” I had no idea what had happened still. It’s a really weird feeling.
My second Muay Thai fight was in May 2012. This was almost 2 and a half years after my first fight. The big gap in between was due to me being a clutz and continually injuring myself! Firstly in 2010 I sprained my ankle out one night, really badly, so much so, that I couldn’t walk on it for almost a month and had to get crutches. Me, being me, didn’t seek any sort of rehabilitation, just continued to try to limp around on it for a few months (including me squeezing my swollen foot into heels and going out dancing still!). By the time I finally saw a Physio, he told me if I had of come in 3 months earlier, I would have had a quicker recovery. So on went the long haul of trying to get movement in my ankle again. Then the next injury was my lower back…I did a “scorpion” whilst doing a cartwheel one night being stupid with my friends (for those who don’t know what a scorpion is, its when you have an accident, almost into a reverse somersault and your feet touch your head – looking much like a Scorpion). Again, I did nothing to aid recovery just continued to act like I didn’t have an injury, then I did the same thing when I fell off my board surfing (well trying to surf anyway) – Double Scorpion! Ow!
Finally in 2011 I was on the road to recovery and started training again. By this time my Gym Masa/Miami Fight Centre had closed it’s doors and one of the trainers, Clayton Collyer went out on his own and formed 350 Fitness. So training begun once again and by May 2012 Clayton had a fight lined up for me on the Gold Coast.
There are 2 fights, so far, that are my favourites. This was one of them. I learned SO much from this fight with Kat, she was super strong and fit…where as my fitness was lacking. Part way through the second round I had used all my energy and was so exhausted. By the 3rd round I had nothing, Kat was so fit and just fighting really strong the whole time. All I can remember thinking in that last round was “WHEN THE HELL IS THAT BELL GOING TO RING” it felt like forever and I was so tired, I wasn’t even really thinking much by the end just wishing for the bell to ring so I could breathe again….this fight also made me realise how important breathing is! I looked like a puffer fish! I pretty much held my breathe the entire fight!
The reason why I loved this fight so much was because of my opponent. Kat fought really well and she taught me so much that night. Not to mention the leg chops on this girl killed my leg. I couldn’t even walk out of the ring on my own and had to get a “Man Chariot” out the back to get around.
Watch my fight here:
Opponent: Kat Simpson (Boonchu Gym) Weight: 63kgs (weighed in at 62.65kg) Show: JWP Tomorrow’s Champions | Gold Coast Date: May 2012 Result: Loss
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