Aaron Cook and Todd Helton from the Colorado Rockies came to watch sparring today. It should do them well for any time they decide to charge the mound!
Today was a fun sparring day with Shane Carwin, Rashad Evans, Brendan Schaub, Demico Rogers, Cody Donovan, and coaches Trevor Wittman, Greg Jackson and Mike VanArsdale. Now I'm resting waiting to leave for my strength workout. After that, I pick up Emmalie from school and we will have dinner and a movie or possibly bowling or something.
Last night we watched the Strikeforce fights at Tessa's parent's house. Before that, I took Emmalie to her friends birthday party. Today, we went to my Mom's house and Emmalie played with her cousin. I try to spend a lot of quality time with the family when I'm not training because there are times when I can't (like when I am in Montreal or Albuquerque without Emmalie and Tessa).
Tess, Brendan, Andrea and I ate at the Brazilian BBQ downtown last night. It was really nice; we stayed for about four hours!
This morning I sparred with @FireMarshallUFC, @BrendanSchaub, Chaun Simms, & Jeremiah Constant. Afterward, I was sitting and noticed I pulled a muscle around my upper lat near my shoulder. I went to train with Loren and he treated me with MAT and some topical anti-inflammatory meds. Then I did some footwork drills for about 20 min and headed straight to my dinner meeting. I met with a director who wants me as one of his lead rolls! He pretty much said he would schedule it around my fight schedule. How great is that? Anyway, I had a fun day! Sorry I keep forgetting to take pictures.
You know you're out of shape when after the workout your trainer asks you're ok 5 times! After strength we did a circuit on the treadmill that showed me I need to get back in shape. I haven't missed any sparring, but the intensity in my mitt and bag work hasn't been there. Hopefully I'll feel fresh for sparring tomorrow.
Today we had tough sparring at GTC. Afterward, I had lunch with Brendan Schaub and then left to meet Tess and Emmalie at my sister's house. On the way, I picked up my other sister's dog to play an April Fools trick. Then we all took the dog to the groomer to give her a mohawk. My niece would only allow a "lion cut." When we picked her up, I was disappointed because she looked too cute for it to be a prank.
Kids at the zoo earlier -Nate Marquardt