MY FIGHT – CHAPTER #1: THE BEGINNINGS
Monday January 4, 2015— Sorry, but the position has been filled. We’ll keep your resume on file for when there’s another opening. No need to call us, we’ll call you.
Well, it’s not like today’s a bad day, just a regular morning with no luck in finding a job. I guess I’ll try and keep busy, but that doesn’t help much with rent or groceries. I sometimes wonder why Eli lets me stay here with the luck I have, but, we’ve known each other our whole lives, and he knows I of course appreciate it, especially with gym costs rising. $65.00 a month I pay for my gym/training centre, but with all the training I do, I suppose I get my money’s worth.
My name’s Ezra Murdock, my best friend who’s letting me crash at his house, his name is Eli. He doesn’t like when people use his last name, it’s either Eli, or his fighter nickname; “The Future”. He’s an MMA encyclopedia, filled with knowledge and fighting ability; many believe he’s the future of this sport, on any level in any organization. Eli currently holds a record of 14-0-0, the titleholder at 155lbs, while I’ve just turned professional, holding a record of only 2-0-0. Both of us fight in a smaller organization called King’s Championship (KC), however, I doubt Eli will be here long, he’s been offered contracts by and to every other fight company there is.
Growing up, I never knew what I wanted to be, what to become, and with every job opportunity completely vanishing, I thought I’d try my hand at MMA. Seeing Eli perform and obtain so much popularity and success, it wouldn’t hurt to try, unless I got punched in the face… Which happens a lot.
I have a fight coming up in a couple of weeks, and with this most recent job location turning me away, I’ve got nothing but time in which I’m going to invest into my training as preparation. Every morning we’re up at 4:00am, at the gym for 5:30am cardio and endurance training. Throughout the day, we spend our time studying opponent tape, recovering from our morning workout, and fueling up for 6:00pm training, and every day our evening training session changes. Tonight we train boxing, and throughout the week, we train muay thai, wrestling, kickboxing, karate, jiu-jitsu, and the list goes on. We want to be well rounded come fight night, fill any holes in our game, this is a must if I want the level of success Eli’s at – Maybe one day I’ll be the future of something.
I don’t see my family much, they don’t approve of the path I’ve decided to take. In all honesty, I never got along with my family. When we’re not arguing with each other, they’re judging everything I do. They’ll only accept me if I work your regular 9-5 job, and even though I’ve tried for that, they still don’t understand why I want to be a fighter. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved fighting, growing up as a kid I’d order the live events, then get reamed out by my parents at the end of the month when they received the pay-per-view bill. Meh, it was worth it to me. The only person I’m in contact with is my younger brother; he’s 17, 7 years younger than me. He’s the only person in my family that approves of anything I do, he also wants to start training MMA, but that won’t happen, not while he’s still living under my parent’s roof.
Anyways, I should probably get some rest, it’s 11:12pm and I’ve got early morning endurance training. Don’t worry, little to no sleep is normal for me, my mind seems to always be floating off somewhere, constantly thinking. I worry about life and all the little things in it too much, but I’ve always been that way. I guess I’m just worried things won’t work out for me, that I’ll be a bum, without a job, or just making it by, living pay cheque to pay cheque. I use all these thoughts as motivation, I feel like it gives me the energy to push forward when I need to, so in that aspect, I can’t complain.
Ezra has just 1 week left of his training camp for his up-and-coming bout, 2 weeks until the night of the fight. He’ll be fighting opposite of the man they call the gatekeeper at the 145lbs division, Ronald Peterson. He’s been around for a long time, unable to make the big leagues, but still maintaining a record of 17-6-1. I suppose King’s Championship wants to test Murdock’s in-cage abilities. This is a big opportunity, especially with only 2 professional fights.
As chapter #1 comes to an end, chapter #2 of My Fight: The Story approaches. Ezra returns to the cage for his 3rd professional fight against the man King’s Championship calls “The Gatekeeper”, Eli has new contract opportunities, but where will his new home be?
By: Adam LeBarr
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