The following is Phil Baroni's guest blog post for Bloody Elbow as writes about the lead up to his ONE FC 9 bout against a Japanese star from ZST, Nobutatsu Suzuki. The event happens on May 31 in Manila, Philippines. If you missed the earlier editions, you can check it here: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4
I'm in Manila and I'm doing a lot of TV and radio interviews to promote the fight. The Filipino fans are very happy to have me back, and they were at the airport when I arrived. ONE FC boss Victor Cui tweeted my flight arrival, and fans were at the airport to welcome me and Swick back to manila. It was a great surprise, and I'm even happier to be back here.
I had a tough, long, and hard training camp at AKA but now the work is done, and it's time to handle my business in the ONE FC cage.
For every fight you have to find a new motivation. It's been a roller coaster my career and sometimes I have to play mind games with myself to find that extra drive, to get my training into the next gear, to over drive. This time, it was being left out of a stupid article about upcoming fights on my team.
I was left out not because the team forgot about me, only because the stupid interviewer forgot to ask. The head coach has a lot to deal with, and deep down I know leaving me out of an interview means nothing really. The head coach of the sport's best team has a lot on his mind, never less a title defense of the UFC heavyweight champion. Sometimes you got to trick yourself and motivate yourself to go harder. To search for that reason, I used being left out of an article as that extra nudge.
I know this fight is a big one. It's huge, and a big chunk of my future is riding on it. My poor wife has made as many sacrifices as I have. Even more really, because she is sacrificing for me to accomplish my goals and my dreams, working two jobs and going to school full-time so I can live in San Jose and train at AKA full-time. I don't want to let her down. I will show with my performance in the ring, that the move and the investment in me and my career was worth it.
I'm very lucky, blessed even, that my wife is my biggest fan. She's the truest and most inspirational motivation to me, and she never let me give up on my dreams and my goals. She worked and carried the load a lot of the times in between fights, and when the pay checks weren't coming in. This is my time and my chance to show her that she made the right decision supporting me and my career, and not telling me to hang it up and get a real job. I owe her a lot and I'm not letting this Japanese c**ksucker stand in the way of me accomplishing my goals and winning the last fight on my ONE FC contract.
In actuality, somebody up there must not like this motherf**ker, because he just got put into the biggest fight against the hungriest and best conditioned NYBA there has ever been. I'm not just fighting for my own fame and glory anymore. I have new inspiration, and I'm not just fighting for myself or my PRIDE anymore.
I'm fighting for somebody else and our future, and I'm not letting this busta stop me. He got himself in some big f*cking trouble and he doesn't even know it.
This ain't ZST motherf*cker, this is ONE FC. This shit right here is as real as it gets, and if you f*ck up, you're gonna pay for it. This motherf*cker f*cked up real bad by signing that contract. That's about all I got to say. I'm gonna go take a dump now, get ready to roll with Mike Swick, then hit pads with Greg Surat in a bit.
This Honda, Toyota, Suzuki motherf*cker, whatever his name is, is going to get f*cking wrecked on Friday night. He's going to get sent home in worse condition than a f*cking California roll at a cheap all you can eat sushi buffet.
Make sure you order the stream, check out ONE FC 9: Rise to Power, and see some real hardcore, no hiding behind stupid rules shit, and see what Asian MMA is all about.
-NYBA, Phil Baroni