Happy New Year to all One Punch fans! Thanks so much for your support through 2015 – it means the world!
Looking back over my 2015, there were some definite ups and downs, I guess the same as there is for everybody.
I only fought once which was a downside – especially as I lost! But as I’ve said before, I have nothing but respect for Thomas Almeida, and I’m going to enjoy watching his career continue to progress.
On the upside, we welcomed Buddy James Pickett into the world in September! My wife and I have spent the last couple of months getting to know him and he is predictably awesome.
Setting up ROC was also a high point – it was a great new challenge for me and Mickey to get that show off the ground, and the feedback had us buzzing for weeks. ROC 2 will be happening on April 23rd, so get it in your diaries now! It’s early days for Pioneer Sports Press, but the work we’ve already started with developing up and coming athletes has been hugely rewarding. Check my previous post for details on that if you missed it.
Oh, and Star Wars. When I look back on 2015, I’m going to think of Star Wars…
In 2016 I’m obviously looking forward to fighting at the O2 in February. I’ll be heading off to ATT in a week or so, and I’ll be returning to London in February ready to put on a show. Thanks to all you guys who bought tickets to come along and support me. Wear your One Punch shirts on the night, so I’ll be sure to spot the One Punch Army out in force! I’m looking forward to developing ROC and Pioneer Sports Press – I’ve a feeling they’re both going to go from strength to strength over the next year.
Before I get stuck into all that though, we have UFC 195 this weekend. Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit is going to be an amazing fight – it’s evenly matched, two great fighters, both very capable. But Lawler has a way of digging very deep and pulling it out of the bag when he needs to. I think he’ll confidently be walking away with the W. Michael McDonald makes his return at 195 too – a former opponent of mine, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he’s looking these days and how the time away from the Octagon has changed his game.
We’ve been waiting for Poirier vs. Duffy for a while now – and finally we’ll get it this weekend! I think the sheer magnitude of the Irish support for McGregor got to Poirier previously, but this time he’ll have steeled himself against that kind of force from Duffy’s fans. I don’t want to call this fight either way – not only am I a fan of watching both guys fight, but I’m fond of them as people too, having trained with both in the past. It will be a good fight, whatever goes down, but I can’t call this one. Let me know on Twitter, which way you think it will go though.
It’s a solid card to kick the year off with, that’s for sure. And while I do my best to work out what day of the week it is as I come out of this festive fog, I’m already looking forward to everything 2016 has in store. Thanks for coming along on the ride – stay tuned for more!