Mark Holst Blog – What’s Next?
Hello everyone! I am getting pumped up for Halloween. You guys will get a good chuckle out of my costume!
Right now, I am 100% dedicated to Stephane Bernadel’s training. He is looking really sharp and will get the W on November 13th against 4-1 fighter Rejean Groulx in MTL. I am training everyday with Steph, returning the favor when he was training me during my camp for the Paul Sass fight and pretty much all my other fights.
So far, I have been training every day since the fight and staying in shape so I can push Steph’s training. My ankle is much better now but still swollen. As everyone knows, when you lose two fights in a row with the UFC, they cut you off. I was lucky to get a second chance after my poor performance against John Gunderson. As you have learned, the UFC officially released me a few days ago, after my loss to Paul Sass at UFC 120. I have talked a lot with my manager and instructor Pat, and we will be re-focusing. I have plans to go back to Thailand to train and fight muay thai in early 2011. That is what I will be focused on for now and of course, Steph’s fight.
I need to work on my confidence in throwing my hands, which is very obvious. I don’t have that fearless aggressiveness in my stand up or confidence anymore. Lately, all my MMA fights were mostly on the ground. I think I need to get that fire and confidence to throw back. I froze against Gunderson and I froze at UFC 120 against Paul Sass yet again. So a trip to Thailand will get me back to my old self, to have that fire down the basement… to let my hands and feet go and do what they are supposed to do!
I also think I need more experience and I need to get more fights with wrestlers\jiu jitsu fighters under my belt – that way I will gain confidence in my striking to just fire on command and not be overly worried about getting taken down. My wrestling has improved a lot but I was not able to show the UFC in my last fight. I will keep improving in all aspects of the game and come back stronger!
I am very fortunate to have achieved one of my goals – to fight for the UFC not only once, but twice. Like a lot of people say, getting there is hard but staying there is even harder! The UFC is a world class organization with world class fighters. UFC takes awesome care of the fighters and the fighter’s cornerman. They gave me two chances to prove myself and both times I froze under pressure. Thank you very much to the UFC for giving me those opportunities and taking great care of myself and my corners.
Stephane winning his fight, improving in all aspects of the MMA game and a Thailand trip is up next for me!
All my fans, everyone in Ottawa\Gatineau area and all the OAMA students have been so supportive to me. I thought the worst over there in England after I lost, how I was the first fighter from Ottawa\Gatineau to make it to the UFC and I lose my two UFC fights. My dream was gone. I made it but I did not win or stay in the UFC, I got released. When I came back, everyone was messaging me and talking to me…I thought to myself that I wasn’t going to be the same in their eyes, like I let them down but no. Everyone still looks at me the same, talks to me the same..they made me feel like I didn’t even lose. Its like they didn’t even care if I won or lost…I was still the same to them. Anyways, all this to say, that you guys are the best, thank you so much for helping me and supporting me through this, you guys are awesome.
I will keep you guys posted on my training and Steph’s preparation. He will be having his website up and running shortly!
Take care everyone, have fun trick or treatin’!