Monday, March 10, 2014
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Carlos Condit is a special fighter physically but also mentally. He has an intense and fierce fire in his gut which has catapulted him to the top of the UFC's welterweight class. But in perfect harmony with that intensity is a balance of mind and intelligence. He took the wisdom which his coach Greg Jackson had for his fight against Nick Diaz, and decided to emotionally disconnect from the taunts, trash talking, and other histrionics which Diaz executes in the cage in order to disrupt the mind of his opponents, and consequently throw them off their game. Condit took verbal abuse and got slapped in the face in a show of disrespect by Diaz in order to kick Condit out of the zone during their competition. Condit masterfully did not lose his cool in that situation, stuck to the game plan, and found a way to win that fight via decision and become the UFC interim welterweight champion of the world. Condit describes this process two minutes into the above video.
Carlos Condit on the mindset of an athlete who is totally focused on being the best on the planet.
Diego Sanchez on getting into a peak mind state:
Getting into the peak mind state for a fight, it comes in a process for me. Wrap my hands, put my gloves on, and you're starting to hear the music, feeling the fans, and then you're walking down. And they're putting Vaseline on your face and checking you and you're saying bye to your coaches. You step in that door, I feel the canvas on my feet, I say, "Yeah, this is what I was born to do, this is my dream, this is my life, this is my destiny." And then I'm like, "It's on, it's time. Come on."